The District Council has now updated its storm information web page to include helpful information about Storm Ciarán.
The following detail rounds looks ahead to potential impacts from Storm Ciarán, which may affect large parts of the country including Suffolk.
JEPU is actively tracking Storm Ciarán and at this stage, it appears that the greatest threat of impacts will come from high winds, more than rainfall. However, rivers are still high of course, which may lead to additional impacts. Due to the direction of the storm, Coastal Partnership East is not currently forecasting a significant impact on coastline erosion.
The latest forecast is for main impacts in the south west of the country and along the south coast, with winds of up to 90mph. Latest indication for Suffolk is that high winds (60mph) will impact early on Thursday morning, mainly in coastal areas. Squally winds will be accompanied by 20 – 30mm of rain which will move through quickly.
The Met Office provides very useful advice about staying safe in such conditions which we will promote and publicise. You may wish to do so also:
Suffolk Highways will have additional tree-clearance crews on standby, overnight Wednesday into Thursday, and the Orwell Bridge will almost certainly close. UK Power Networks have additional resources on standby for outages.
Finally, you will be aware that Suffolk County Council is the Lead Local Flood Authority and as well as the information we have provided for residents ourselves, SCC have an excellent library of information on their website: Flood management in Suffolk - Suffolk County Council
Specifically, with the risk of flooding more prevalent, the County Council’s website also contains a link to a document with some further advice for households and was produced by the Flood Risk Management Partnership may-2021-booklet-before-during-and-after-a-flood-final (suffolk.gov.uk).