What you need to know to prepare for storm Ciarán
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Storm Ciarán – advice for Hampshire residents 

The County Council and other local authorities, emergency services and partner agencies are ready to support residents across Hampshire, ahead of Storm Ciarán which is forecast to bring strong winds and heavy rain affecting coastal areas later tonight and through into Thursday 2 November 2023.

With very strong winds of up to 80 mph expected across coastal areas, there is risk of damage to buildings and falling trees leading to disruption to travel and an ongoing risk of flooding.  


Anyone who lives or works in what are likely to be the worst affected areas (as determined by the Amber weather warning issued by the Met Office) is advised to travel with care avoiding, as far as possible, coastal and wooded areas while winds are high. 
This may not affect everyone in Hampshire, so please check the Met Office Find a Forecast web page for any changes before making your journey. Advice about travel, your home and your wellbeing can be also be found on the Met Office website.
You are also advised to check transport operators (rail, ferry and bus) websites and social media channels for any updates before travelling. 
Other helpful sources of information, advice and support


Emergency issues on Hampshire’s roads can be reported to us by phoning:

0300 555 1388 between 8:30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday; or outside of office hours, by calling 101.


You can report fallen trees online.


In an emergency situation, where there is a danger to life, please call 999 

You can read advice online about how to prepare for flooding and check The Environment Agency web pages for updates relating to flood alerts for the area.
For assistance in the event of flooding call 0345 988 1188 or text 0345 602 6340.


You can find more information online about who to report flooding to. 

Public Health Advice

The latest Public Health advice relating to flooding is available on the Government website.


We, along with our partner agencies, are continuing to plan ahead with arrangements to respond to weather related emergencies during this period. 


Council services and facilities


Country Parks – All of the County Council’s country parks, including Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, in Romsey, and farm attractions will be closed on Thursday 2 November.


SchoolsHead teachers and governing bodies will be making careful assessments of the local expected conditions, prior to making the most appropriate decision for their individual school. Check the County Council’s Emergency School Closures system, which provides up-to-date information on school closures and can be accessed online


Highways – Our highways crews are on 24 hour standby, with additional specialist tree crews and emergency response gangs available, as well as drainage teams ready should the strong winds be accompanied by heavy rain, which is likely to lead to localised surface water flooding. For the latest traffic and roads information, visit @ROMANSE and @hantshighways

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