There is currently significant concern regarding the risks that are posed as high winds are expected on Friday as Storm Eunice hits parts of Wales, including Ceredigion.
An Amber Weather Warning has been issued by the Met Office and is valid from 03:00 until 21:00 on Friday 18 February 2022.
Storm Eunice is currently showing potential to be one of the most powerful storms to affect Ceredigion for a number of years and we will continue to track its path over the next 48 hours.
Along some stretches of the Welsh coastline the Met Office are anticipating that winds could be as strong as much 90-100mph.
People are reminded to be careful whilst travelling as the winds may result in fallen trees and debris being present on the highway, and people should stay away from exposed coastal areas as wind gusts will be very strong. Currently tides are elevated and large waves are expected; beach material is likely to be thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties..
Ross Akers, Duty Tactical Manager for Natural Resources Wales (NRW), said: “If you live near to, or are visiting a coastal area, please take extra care and keep a safe distance from coastal paths and promenades as large waves can sweep you off your feet or you can be hit by debris.”
The public are also asked to be vigilant in relation to the potential damage to buildings and other structures, resulting in tiles and other debris falling in public areas.
The winds could also lead to power cuts and affect Council-run services.
Visit the Met Office website for updates on the weather situation: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/ and check the NRW website for the latest flood warnings: https://naturalresources.wales/flooding/?lang=en
Residents should make their own arrangements to secure/safeguard their property in advance of the forecast severe weather as the Council’s ability to respond to any requests for assistance during the event will be prioritised to responding to incidents where there is a risk to life and critical infrastructure.
There are practical steps that you can take to prepare for flooding on the NRW website:
Any further updates for Ceredigion will be published here: www.ceredigion.gov.uk/StormEunice