The Met Office has issued an amber warning for strong winds across the Midlands tomorrow as Storm Doris hits the UK.
Gale force winds, snow and heavy rain are set to batter the UK on Thursday (23rd February) but the focus for the Midlands is going to be very strong winds, gusting up to 60-70 mph – 70-80 on high ground.
The weather warning from the Met Office states: “Whilst the strongest winds look to be only short-lived, damage to structures, interruptions to power supplies and widespread disruption to travel networks are likely, with a danger of injury from flying debris. Trees are also likely to be damaged or blown over.”
The RAC has warned drivers to be prepared for Thursday’s storm.
RAC Traffic Watch spokesman Rod Dennis said: “Motorists are advised to take extra care particularly in Wales, the Midlands and the north east which are expected to take the brunt of her energies. Be prepared to reduce your speed, allow plenty of room between your car and the vehicle in front and be wary of aquaplaning where water accumulates on the road.
“Be mindful that there will be strong gusts of wind, so ensure you have a good grip of the steering wheel and take extra care when overtaking high-sided vehicles and passing motorcyclists and cyclists who are susceptible to be buffeted and blown off course the wind.
“In extreme conditions it may be worth delaying your journey if possible until storm conditions pass, but it looks as though Storm Doris’s impact will be relatively brief.”
Useful RAC links: Live traffic updates | How to drive safely in extremely windy weather – 11 top tips
If you’re planning on travelling by bus, train or tram in and around the city tomorrow, check the Network West Midlands website before you set out for news of any disruption.
Network Rail have announced that train services will be limited to 50mph for safety reasons between London Euston, Preston and Liverpool, from Marylebone to Birmingham and across the West Midlands on Thursday due to high winds.
You can report a fallen tree, or a tree or branch which looks in danger of falling, on the city’s parks or highways, on the Birmingham City Council website.
BCC provide a 24 hour emergency response service where fallen trees present an immediate danger. Call 0121 464 8728 for help.
You can report fallen trees in the Rubery / North Worcestershire area on the Bromsgrove District Council website or call 01527 881188
Western Power Distribution has said it is well prepared for Storm Doris, having increased resources in call centres, control rooms and operational depots.
If you do have a power cut call Western Power Distribution on 105 (note: this number works nationally for all suppliers) or check the WPD website for info.
Remember, cordless phones won’t work during a power cut, so make sure you have a charged mobile or wired handset to hand!
Be aware, be safe
If you have to travel tomorrow, do take care.
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Cover image: Fallen tree in Reedhill Road, West Heath. October 2016