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Severe weather warning update

The Met Office has issued an Red Weather Warning for London and South East England as Storm Eunice is set to bring extremely strong winds and continued disruption for much of the UK today (Friday 18 February).

The Met Office has advised:

  • There is a good chance that flying debris could result in a danger to life.
  • Damage to buildings and homes is likely, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down.
  • Roads, bridges and railway lines are likely to close, with delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights.
  • There is a good chance that power cuts, possibly prolonged, could occur, perhaps affecting other services, such as mobile phone coverage.
  • Coastal areas are likely to experience large waves and beach material is likely to be thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties, and flooding of some coastal properties seems likely.
  • It is likely there will be falling branches and some uprooted trees.

You can find further advice from the Met Office.

Due to the expected severe weather, there may be disruption to some council services. Updates on confirmed disruption will be added below.

 Severe Weather Updates

2.02pm - Obstruction in Bethnal Green

Tree obstructing pavement on the corner of Vallence Road and Dunbridge Street. Crews are aware and arrangements have been made to clear away.

1:40pm - Obstruction in Wapping Woods

Tree obstructing pavement in Wapping Woods. Crews are aware and arrangements have been made to clear away.

1:28pm - Partial obstruction on Cardogan Terrace

Partial obstruction to pavement caused by fallen trees. Crews are aware and arrangements are in place to clear.

12:12pm – Obstruction on Devonport Street, Shadwell

A fallen tree is blocking the pavement and road on Devonport Street, Shadwell. Crews are aware and arrangements have been made to clear it away.

10.50am - Vaccine and testing sites in Tower Hamlets are now closed

Due to continued impact of the severe weather the decision has been taken to reduce risk and close vaccine and testing sites in Tower Hamlets. Clinic information is available on the council website for testing and vaccines and these will re-open when severe weather warning is no longer in place. Updates on re-opening will be provided here and on dedicated pages.

10:18am - Cancellation to half term arts and craft session at Mile End Park

Due to the upgrading of London’s weather warning to red, today's half term arts and craft session in Mile End Park has been cancelled.  More information can be found on the event page.

07:21am - Red Weather Warning Update

The Met Office has now issued a RED Wind Warning (High Likelihood of High Impacts)for much of SE England, including London, to cover the period and areas most likely to see the impact from very strong winds.

Outside of this period and covering the rest of the area an Amber WIND Warning (Medium Likelihood of High Impact) remains in place.  Impacts could include a danger to life from flying debris and fallen trees, damage to buildings including the potential for roofs to be blown off, significant disruption to most types of transport and power outages.

06:00am - Victoria Park Closure

As announced yesterday, Victoria Park will be closed today as a precautionary measure for the duration of the storm.

Posted on Thursday 17th February 2022