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- Severe weather expected throughout the day
- Flood alerts issued across 10 locations in Warrington
- High winds on roads and motorways
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That's it from us today on this weather blog.
Many problems appear to be over as motorways have re-opened and flood warnings have been stopped.
The Environment Agency and Warrington Borough Council say bad weather is not predicted for tomorrow.
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“Today’s weather issues have been due to low pressure. There was significant potential for flooding so we felt it was appropriate to escalate to multi-agency command arrangements. “The critical time passed after the tide had turned, so the Joint Tactical Coordinating Centre stood down after its meeting at 4 p.m. “Tides tonight and tomorrow are not expected to cause any issues. “The Met Office has issued a new ‘yellow’ warning for ice from 3 p.m. today until tomorrow. The wind should continue to ease, and then wintry showers are expected. “The council would like to thank its partners, and all those council officers who worked very hard to ensure that our emergency planning worked smoothly. It’s very sad that a small number of properties flooded where nothing could have been done to prevent this, and we sympathise with the people in question. Overall, however, we’re pleased that Warrington’s flood planning worked.”A council spokesman
Warrington Borough Council has also now issued a final statement on today's weather problems.
Flooding at Howley and Kingsway North 'highest ever seen', according to Warrington Borough Council.
Flood warnings all officially removed in the area by the EA.
The council says Gatewarth and Woolston community recycling centres are now open again.
Both were closed due to the weather.
Stockton Heath community recycling centre will remain closed until tomorrow, Friday.
So the EA says the worst is over in the town. Water levels should drop it said, with no further flood warnings expected at this stage.
Wind speeds also appeared to have died down.
The flood defences protected around 2000 properties in Warrington today. The bowling green at Victoria Park flooded but that is a natural flood plain. Tides have now peaked and the impact was as expected. We were able to predict what happened as tidal conditions are more predictable than weather conditions, like rain. The flood defences worked.Environment Agency spokesman
The Environment Agency has called flood defences a success and says 2000 homes were warned before floods happened today.
It now expects conditions to improve as tides subside.
This is the scene at the Ferry Tavern on Station Road where the banks of the Mersey burst
Cheshire Fire and Rescue has also been called to numerous incidents in the town today.
They were sent to the Ferry Tavern Pub at Fiddlers Ferry after it was badly flooded, to switch off gas and electricity.
Police are warning residents to take care travelling home during rush hour.
Congestion expected to be worse than usual due to bad weather.
Daresbury Lane closed due to fallen tree.— @WarrSouthNPU 05 December 2013
Police have just announced that Daresbury Lane is closed due to a fallen tree.
Traffic bulletin: M6 Thelwall Viaduct and M60 Barton Bridge re-open after lorry incidents http://t.co/s1PlvDvy7T ~— @HAnews_nwest 05 December 2013
Been stressful today waiting for news on flooding! Hopefully everyone ok #floods #warrington— @winners091012 05 December 2013
Two classrooms were evacuated at Evelyn Street Primary School as a precaution.
The council's building maintenance team have since boarded up the windows.
Oakwood Primary School has also suffered from the storm after slates were blown off the roof.
Thelwall viaduct back open!! Traffic busy around Warrington.— @WarrCentralNPU 05 December 2013
Environment Agency says it believes water levels are starting to go down in affected areas in Warrington.
Keep sending in any problems where you are.
Three community recyling centres were forced to close earlier today in Warrington.
Sandy Lane closed after a sign blew off and a hit a member of the public.
Gatewarth was closed after a sign hit a car.
No more information was provided about the third recycling centre.
A spokesman for WBC said: "The weather appears to be winding down.
"The flood defences that were in place have been effective."
Warrington Borough Council has worked tirelessly with the Emergency Services to ensure that they were prepared for the storm, a spokesman has confirmed.
Leaders at Warrington Borough Council are due to chair another meeting at 4pm to discuss the response to the adverse weather conditions.
It is believed the meeting, called Silver, will be formally closed down as the weather is starting to subside.
Officers from Warrington Central and other Warrington areas have been dealing with flooding from the River Mersey.— @WarrCentralNPU 05 December 2013
RT @mowat4ws: Hopefully v few people will be affected by #flooding in #Warrington this afternoon, but Floodline is 0845 9881188 #JustInCase…— @EnvAgencyNW 05 December 2013
WBC has set up its own tactical co-ordinating centre at Tanning Court in response to the adverse weather.
The M6 is reopen along the Thelwall Viaduct again after an earlier overturned lorry.
The storm continues to wreak havoc in Warrington.
Warrington Borough Council has confirmed that Cardinal Newman High School has closed early.
St Stephen's Primary School has also closed due to 'roofing issues' after parts of the roof were blown off due to gale force winds.
It is unknown whether the schools will reopen tomorrow.
Wharf Street flooding.
Cars off Wharf Street by Bridge Foot.
Cheshire Police have stopped motorists heading down Wharf Street after severe flooding near Riverside Retail Park.
Cars parked along the river have found the water up to their wheels.
The path under Kingsway Bridge has also been flooded by the high tide, which has now passed.
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Environment Secretary Owen Paterson chaired a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee to discuss the response to the storm this morning.
He told BBC News: "The purpose of the meeting was to make sure that all of the preparations - which we have well in advance - will work together to benefit the public.
"I would urge everybody to pay close attention to announcements by the Environment Agency, the Department for Transport and local government.
"In some areas of Norfolk, where evacuations have commenced, I would urge everybody to work closely and to cooperate with the local authorities."
He added that he would chair a further Cobra meeting this afternoon.
Here is some of the flooding along Chester Road.
The M6 has reopened southbound at the Thelwall Viaduct after being closed earlier when winds of 76mph were recorded.
But the northbound carriageway, affected earlier after a lorry overturned blocking two lanes of the carriageway, will remain closed for the vehicle to be recovered.
THE Ferry Tavern in Penketh has been flooded out.
Andy Mulholland said the water starting coming into the pub from just after noon and continued to pour in until high tide hit at around 1.40pm.
He said: "The water is over the top of the bar and we are waiting for the tide to go out so the fire brigade can pump the water out.
"We are going to be out of business probably til at least after Christmas, if not for good because of this."
Thelwall viaduct closed. Runcorn/ Widnes bridge closed to high sided vehicles. Some roads have flooded round Warrington.— @WarrCentralNPU 05 December 2013
The M6 Thelwall Viaduct is closed both ways due to an overturned lorry between junction 20 and junction 21.
There is congestion to junction 19 and to junction 21a.
Three lanes were initially closed Northbound until around 1pm but is now closed in both directions.
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People in flood-risk areas are being advised to secure the following items:
- Move people, pets, cars, to higher ground
- Move important documents, personal items, valuables upstairs or to high shelves
- Raise large items of furniture or put them in large bags
Warrington hit by gale force winds.
Tree down near the swan/winwick park http://t.co/5sSQUXhOMV— @mezzer82 05 December 2013
Drivers are being warned to avoid the Thelwall Viaduct after a lorry overturned at 11:45am on the M6 Northbound between junctions 20 and 21.
Chief inspector Dave Griffiths said: "The situation is currently being monitored by the police and our partner agencies.
"We have plans in place to respond should any incidents occur, but in the meantime we are focussing on making sure the public are as informed as they can be about the developing picture.
"The Runcorn/Widnes Bridge has been closed to high sided vehicles and the motorway network is being closely monitored by the Highways agency to see if any other closures will be necessary."
Cheshire Poilce warning:
Drivers are being urged to keep up to date on the current weather warnings in place for the county over the next few hours, especially when planning any journeys.
There is a high threat of flooding and high winds in Warrington, which is likely to impact motorists in those areas, as well as on the motorways.
Wet & windy weather in Warrington (and surrounding area) causing a few issues on train times..the good news - blue skies out the window now!— @Ed_Siren 05 December 2013
There are a number of disruptions on First Transpennine Express trains between Manchester Airport and Cleethorpes due to poor weather.
Tickets are being accepted on East Coast and CrossCountry services.
There are no trains running through Doncaster.
Cheshire Police are warning motorists to be careful on the roads as strong winds are expected to reach 60 to 70mph in places across the north west
Longbarn resident David Hunt has just sent in the following images of a tree that has collapsed near to Pasture Lane.
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Service suspended on Mersey Ferries due to adverse weather conditions and tidal conditions.
There will be no sailings until further notice.
Three lanes are closed after a lorry overturned on the M6 Northbound between junction 20 at the Lymm Interchange and junction 21 Woolston.
The council has confirmed that it is working closely with the Environment Agency to pinpoint the worst affect areas in Warrington.
This will enable WBC to access the risk to particular areas so they will know where to distribute sandbags.
Residents will not be able to collect sandbags from the council.
Diversions on Services 19 & 22 due to fallen tree near Newton Rd, more info here http://t.co/EtJsCZEPca— @NetwkWarrington 05 December 2013
Emergency Services are currently setting up a joint tactical co-ordinating centre in Winsford to deal with the severe weather conditions.
This will enable the Emergency Services to co-ordinate any operations from one place.
M60 Barton Bridge clockwise is closed after a lorry overturned at 11am, today.
The Met office has reported that the highest windspeed recorded overnight was 142mph in Inverness.
Northern Rail has suspended services between Wigan Wallgate and Kirkby due to 'adverse weather conditions'.
Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports have cancelled a number of flights, while passengers at Leeds Bradford airport have been warned to expect delays.
The Environment Agency is urging people to stay away from coastal paths and promenades.
There will be highly dangerous as there is an increased risk of people being swept out to sea.
John Curtin, the Environment Agency’s head of incident management, said: “Flooding of coastal communities along the eastern and north west coasts is expected today and into Friday. Some defences could be overtopped by the combined effect of high tides, high winds and a large tidal surge.
“The Environment Agency continues to monitoring the situation closely, working alongside partners including the emergency services, Met Office and local authorities.
"Our teams have been out in force checking that flood defences and barriers are in good working order, monitoring sea levels and issuing flood warnings."
Sandbags are currently being dropped off at the Alpine Tool Hire, Bridgefoot, by the Environment Agency.
The Environment Agency has confirmed that it is likely to issue further severe flood warnings in the coming hours.
A49 Newton Road is closed both ways due to fallen tree at Winwick Park Avenue.
The Environment Secretary will chair a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee to discuss the response to the storm.
In a message on Twitter the Prime Minister said: "I've asked Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to chair a Cobra this morning on the storm disruption - ensuring everything is being done."
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Sankey Brook at Sankey Bridges, also subject to a flood warning, says EA.
Areas at risk include Liverpool Road from Kent Road to Beaufort Street, Rostherne Close, Evelyn Street and Huntley Street.
The agency has more than 140 flood warnings and alerts in place, including 28 severe alerts for the East Anglia region - indicating danger to life.
There are currently 21 flood warnings in the north west, which identifies that flooding is expected.
National reports say a lorry driver has died in Scotland after his HGV was blown onto two cars.
Cold and bedraggled but fingers crossed this train will be on time. (@ Warrington Bank Quay Railway Station (WBQ)) http://t.co/IXJAizwKUQ— @Villordsutch 05 December 2013
Virgin Trains confirm on Twitter that no services are running between Warrington Bank Quay and Wigan due to 'severe weather'.
Last year, high winds saw part of the roof blow off at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
The council’s contractor, Enterprise, has four crews on standby who are currently loading up wagons with sandbags ready for deployment.
There are 2000 sandbags at Sandy Lane depot and 2000 at Holmesfield Road.
Two gully wagons are also on standby, ready to be deployed to deal with flooding.
We are still waiting to hear confirmation from the council about where residents can pick up sandbags from or who will be eligible to get them.
Environment Agency says Kingsway North is at risk of flooding from Mersey estuary.
Anyone on or near Bennett Ave, Princess Ave, Bibby Ave, Peacock Ave, Kingsway North, units behind Farrell St, ambulance station or allotments warned flooding is likely.
A council spokesperson said: “The council will deploy sandbags if there is an imminent risk of flooding to properties.
"We don’t deploy sandbags as a preventative measure but we have the means of getting them swiftly to where they’re needed.
“The council is in direct contact with the Environment Agency, and our teams are monitoring the potential for flooding during the morning and high tide.”
RT @NWmwaypolice: UPDATE: Due to severe weather conditions, all rail lines are currently blocked between Warrington Bank Quay and Wigan Nor…— @adamjackson47 05 December 2013
Wind speeds of 93 miles an hour have been recorded in Scotland, which is likely to be the worst affected area - followed by the north and east of England.
Motorway police say all railway lines between Warrington Bank Quay and Wigan are blocked.
As we brace ourselves for the storm, remember to keep up to date on the severe weather conditions right here on the Warrington Guardian website.
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A teleconference is to be held between the emergency services and the council shortly to ensure that they are prepared for the worst.
We will update you as soon as we hear anything.
A spokesman at Warrington Borough Council has confirmed that currently all schools in Warrington will remain open.
Flooding is expected when the two elements, high tides and surges, come together. There could be flooding to roads and properties. People need to be prepared and people need to take action.Environment Agency spokesman
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EA officials say floods are expected due to the combination of high tides and tidal surges.
Homes close to the Mersey obviously most at risk.
Headlines so far.
The Environment Agency expects flooding in 10 locations on the Mersey at 12.30pm.
They include Bank Quay, Arpley, Howley and Fiddlers Ferry.
Morning all. As you savvy lot will already be aware, portents of weather-based doom have been made by everyone from weather buffs, the Environment Agency to, probably, your nan. Stay with us for updates on what's happening in Warrington.
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