Storm Ciara: Here's what to expect as gale force winds set to hit Portsmouth
PORTSMOUTH is braced to be hit by Storm Ciara tomorrow.
An amber weather warning is in place from 8am to 9pm on Sunday with ‘very strong winds’ expected.
The Met Office also has issued a yellow alert throughout the day which also remains in force.
Here’s what to expect on Sunday according to the forecast:
-Flying debris could lead to Injuries or danger to life
- Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs expected
- Longer journey times and cancellations, as road, rail, air and ferry services affected
- Some roads and bridges closed
- Power cuts with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
- Injuries and danger to life from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties
Heavy rain is being forecast for Portsmouth from 6am until the end of the day, with light rain expected from 3am to 6am.
Storm Ciara is also set to bring winds with speeds of up to 63mph to the city on Sunday.
The gales will be strongest between 11am and 5pm when they are expected to exceed speeds of 60mph.
However the winds will reach speeds of 50mph and up from 5am according to the Met Office forecast.
People are being warned not to use trains if possible and to take extra care on the roads across the Portsmouth area.
Highways England have especially highlighted the exposed section between junction 9 and junction 8 on the M27 as a potential danger spot.
A fresh weather warning has also been issued for Monday.
Strong winds are expected to hit the south coast on February 10 as well, following Storm Ciara, with the alert in place between 10am and 7pm.