Schools, early years, colleges and other Council services CLOSED tomorrow due to Red Weather Warning

STORM EUNICE UPDATE                         

We will add information about major updates relating to Storm Eunice to this article. You can also check our social media (@SomersetCouncil) and www.somerset.gov.uk for latest updates.

Saturday 19 February update 8.41am:

  • So far across Somerset – 203 incidents yesterday that’s 189 trees/branches down – plus there were walls and fences down and other debris. 
  • A further four issues on the road during the night 
  • And we had 10 gangs working through the night on the clear up operation – they’ll be back out this morning. 
  • Our crews worked flat-out yesterday and temperatures dropped so teams were out gritting key routes also. 
  • We remind people to continue to be cautious on the network – there is still a yellow warning this morning and into tonight. 
  • Teams be working on the clear-up through the weekend – there are some sights they’ve had to secure and leave with signage – please don’t report these they will be back and are working through on a priority basis. 
  • Roads: mostly clear – just A396 Wheddon Cross still closed, A3066 at Misterton,Cleeve Hill near Watchet remains closed as a precaution for the safety of the public. Check www.travelsomerset.co.uk for updates.

Update 18 February 18.20 pm – 203 incidents have been logged so far – 189 trees/branches, 14 other incidents including walls/fences/barriers and 4 incidents involve debris on highway, we expect more.

We’ve still got a number of trees down and there is debris on the roads – Crews are working flat-out through tonight and tomorrow – inevitably roads will still be closed overnight and there are still going to be hazards on the road.

Please remember weakened trees and branches are still likely come down during the evening.

Teams will have to prioritise with the resources available and temperatures are set to drop which means they will also be out gritting key routes tonight.

**We remind people to please check before you travel – please only travel if you have to and take care**

There’s still an amber warning in place until 9pm and a yellow warning all day tomorrow (Saturday).

We’re also aware of a number of localised power cuts across Somerset. If you need assistance, please contact Western Power on 105 or visit https://powercuts.westernpower.co.uk/tweets for updates.

Roads as of 18.20pm 18 February

  • A358 Taunton to Williton *We understood this is now passable with care (1.14pm)
  • M5 now fully open
  • A38 Rooksbridge now open
  • A38/A370 junction Closed
  • A39 Silver Fish junction near Bridgwater CLOSED
  • A3066 – Misterton to North Perrott blocked CLOSED
  • Greenway Crescent Taunton CLOSED
  • Cheddar Road, Chewton Mendip CLOSED
  • Green Lane, Stratton-on-Fosse CLOSED
  • Holway Road, Taunton CLOSED
  • A358 Sampford Brett passable
  • B3151 – Somerton to Compton Dundon now open
  • A37 Charlton Mackerell now cleared
  • A396 Wheddon Cross to Timberscombe now open
  • Skillgate Lane Chiselborough CLOSED
  • *A39 Minehead to Porlock now open – *14.12 -please take care
  • Church Road Sparkford blocked
  • Brooks Road Street
  • Traffic lights out : A39 / Puriton Hill Long Load Shuttle A361 Green Ore East Brent
  • Our crews are working on a priority basis – throughout day a number of roads could be closed until we can attend. We’ll do our best to keep everyone update on @travelsomerset twitterthis is a fast-moving situation so we may not be able to confirm closures/re-openings as quickly as we’d like. Please bear with us.

Update – Friday, February 18 – 9:00

  • All schools, early years and colleges recommended to close due to ‘Do not travel’ red weather warnings in place from 7am to midday
  • All waste collections suspended, recycling centres closed
  • Libraries closed
  • GWR train services reduced by up to 50% in some areas
  • For all other public transport please keep an eye on local operators’ social media accounts for updates

Thursday, February 17 – 16:00

All schools, early years, colleges and other Council services across Somerset will be closed tomorrow (Friday 18 February) due to ‘Do not travel’ red weather warnings in place from 7am to midday.

A red-weather warning is the highest alert and has been issued for parts of South-West England with Storm Eunice expected to bring gusts of up to 90mph meaning there is a real danger to life from flying debris.

There is also the potential for localised flooding in coastal areas.

Somerset County Council leaders have announced the closure of all schools, colleges, Further Education and Early Years settings tomorrow (Friday 18 February) with all school transport suspended. Education leaders have been asked to provide online education, where possible.

All waste collections are suspended with recycling centres and libraries closed.  Park & Ride services will continue to run, but expect some disruption.

First Bus has confirmed all services for Somerset are suspended until at least 1pm on Friday

GWR train services reduced by up to 50 per cent in some areas.

For all other public transport please keep an eye on local operators’ social media accounts for updates.

Normal services are expected to resume on Saturday (19 February), but please check www.somerset.gov.uk or social media @SomersetCouncil for further updates.

It is recommended to avoid all travel unless essential and keep up to date with Somerset travel information via social media @TravelSomerset or visit www.travelsomerset.co.uk

For up to date weather information including tips on how to keep yourself safe in storm conditions, please check out the Met Office’s website at: UK weather warnings – Met Office

ENDS

For more information, please contact the press office on 01823 355020 or email press office@somerset.gov.uk