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Safety warning ahead of Storm Ciaran

Date: 1st November, 2023

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding local people about the hazards of severe weather as Storm Ciaran brings heavy rain and very strong winds to the region.

With severe weather warnings set to be in place until Friday, the Service is asking drivers to be extra vigilant and understand the dangers posed by surface water on the roads.

Group Manager Brad Stevens said: “While this stormy weather continues, please drive to the conditions and be particularly cautious at fords, where water levels can rise a lot in a short space of time. Storm Ciaran has the potential to cause a lot of damage in our area, so we urge residents to make their homes safe and follow our advice.”

If you are travelling through areas affected by heavy rain, please remember:

Updates on weather forecasts and road conditions can be found on social media and via local radio and media websites, so check your route before you set off, and allow extra time for any necessary diversions.

There are also things you can do to prepare for strong winds and the risk of power cuts, and guidance can be found at www.dwfire.org.uk/storms-and-power-cuts

Residents are reminded not to call the Fire and Rescue Service about fallen trees unless there is a risk to life or property. Please contact your local council’s Highways department instead. Information on who to call is at www.dwfire.org.uk/who-to-call-for-storm-damage

The Service is also reminding people of the risks along the coast, with rockfalls more likely to happen during prolonged periods of rain. If you intend visiting the coast, take notice of signs and stay away from the edge and base of cliffs. Other vital advice to follow when near the coast includes:

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