The Met Office has issued a Yellow warning for wind, valid from Friday 8 February, 0900hrs until 1500hrs on Saturday 9 February.
As advised by the Met Office potential impacts are:
- Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely
- Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely
- Some short term loss of power and other services is possible
- It’s possible that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities could be affected by spray and/or large waves
Potential disruption to facilities
Due to the weather warning there may be some disruption to council facilities including parks and open spaces.
The public are reminded to monitor the Met Office forecasts for their area and to be aware of the weather conditions and safety warnings.
You should note the following numbers in case of emergency:
- Emergency services – 999 or 112
- Flooding Incident Line – 0300 2000 100
- Northern Ireland Electricity Networks – 03457 643 643
- Report a fallen tree or blocked road – 0300 200 7891
- NI Gas Emergency Service – 0800 002 001
- Northern Ireland Water Waterline – 03457 440 088
- Housing Executive – 03448 920 901
Helpful advice during high winds
To help prevent litter and keep our borough tidy, please follow these tips during strong winds:
- Put your refuse collection bin(s) / boxes out on the morning of collection – please try not to leave your recycling out the night before
- To prevent refuse collection bin(s) / boxes from blowing away, please bring them back in as soon as you can after collections have taken place
- If your recycling containers are only half-full and you can manage, please consider waiting until your next scheduled collection day when the weather may be calmer to leave them out or bring them to one of the Council’s Recycling Centres
- If you have a kerbside box, please use a lid to stop your recycling from blowing out
- Please ensure that all of your refuse fits in your bin and that the lid can close. If the lid is up, the wind may catch it and blow waste around your neighbourhood
Thank you for recycling and for helping to keep your neighbourhood clean and tidy.
You can access the latest updates about roads at this link:
Advice for road users
All road users are asked to pay attention to any road signs and temporary arrangements put in place during weather warnings. Longer journey times or cancellations are possible if road, rail, air and ferry services are affected with the chance that some roads and bridges could close.
High-sided vehicles are most affected by windy weather, but strong gusts can also blow a car, cyclist, motorcyclist or horse rider off course. This can happen on open stretches of road exposed to strong cross winds, or when passing bridges or gaps in the hedges.
In very windy weather a vehicle may be affected by turbulence created by large vehicles. Motorcyclists are particularly affected, so keep well back from them when they are overtaking a high-sided vehicle.
Motorists are also advised to drive with care due to possible wind-blown debris.
Travel by air or sea advice
If you’re planning to travel by air or sea, you should check with the ferry company or airline in case there are any delays or cancellations.
Strong winds advice
- keep your property in a well-maintained condition (for example replace/ repair any loose roof tiles, guttering, and so on that could potentially come loose and cause injury or damage to property)
- secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture, wheelie bins, trampolines, or anything else that could be blown around
- close and securely fasten doors and windows
- park vehicles in a garage (if you have one) or keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls, and fences
- make sure you are prepared should there be a power cut
During a storm you should:
- stay indoors as much as possible
- if you do go out, try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees
- not go outside to repair damage while the storm is ongoing
- not drive unless your journey is really necessary
After a storm you should:
- be careful not to touch any electrical/ telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging
- not walk too close to walls, buildings, and trees as they could have been weakened
Preparing for a power cut
It’s important to be prepared for a potential loss of power. You should:
- know where your household fuses and trip switches are so that you can check if the problem is with your electrics only
- test smoke alarms regularly
- keep a supply of new batteries in torches and radios (for checking updates on news bulletins)
- keep a supply of candles
- keep mobile phones, laptops or tablets fully charged – so you will have use of battery power for a short time at least
- have the telephone numbers you might need to hand (as well as mobile phones, a non-mains powered landline telephone will help you stay in touch during any disruptions to your power supply)
- if you have a baby at home, make sure you have a supply of pre-prepared formula baby milk (if used) and prepare a flask of hot water to heat bottles and baby food (it is always safer to make up a fresh feed; when this is not possible, feeds should never be stored for longer than 24 hours)
If you depend on electrical equipment that is vital to your health, contact Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) Networks to get on their Critical Care Register:
If your electricity goes off
If your electricity goes off, you should:
- check your fuses and trip switches – then check if your neighbours are without power
- leave one light on
- leave your fridge/ freezer switched on with the door shut to maintain a low temperature
- check that other electrical appliances and machinery are switched off at the wall
- preferably use a torch, oil or gas lamp as a source of light rather than candles
- if you must use naked flames, please take extra care and make certain that they are put out before you go to bed
- check on elderly or vulnerable neighbours in your area to make sure they are okay
- if you are using a generator, be careful where you site it in case of carbon monoxide poisoning
Reporting a power cut
If your power is off and you want to report it or get more information, contact NIE Networks Customer Helpline or visit their website:
- NIE Networks Customer Helpline: 03457 643 643
- Power cuts – NIE Networks website
You can find an updated list of areas affected by power cuts on the NIE Networks website