STORM Eunice has arrived in Worcestershire and has already brought chaos to some parts of the county.
UPDATE – 5.01
Worcestershire Highways & Travel getting the gritters out.
OK, next job!#StormEunice is calming down, we’re getting the gritters ready to treat roads tonight as temperatures fall, they’ll be out & about from 6pm
— Worcs Highways & Travel (@WorcsTravel) February 18, 2022
More than 400 properties in Redditch and Alcester are without electricity after a power cut.
The homes are all around the Enfield area of Redditch and Oversley green.
The power was lost around 11am and Western Power Distribution engineers are on the scene but electricity may not be restored until 9pm in Redditch and 10pm in Alcester.
The postcodes affected are below –
B97 6UL, B97 6UJ, B97 6UB, B97 6JQ, B97 6TZ, B97 6TR, B97 6UD, B97 6JG, B97 6PZ, B97 6UF, B97 6TP, B97 6UG, B97 6UH, B97 6UA, B97 6UN, B97 6TS, B97 6SY, B97 6JH
B49 5PJ, B49 5PN, B49 6DH, B49 5NJ, B49 5NH, B49 5PP, B49 5PW, B49 5NP, B49 5NL, B49 6PQ, B49 6LJ, B49 5AJ, B49 5NR, B49 6LP, B49 5HJ, B49 5LR, B49 6PP, B49 5NU.
A fallen tree at Callow Hill Lane blocking one lane near Windmill Drive, Redditch and at Eathorpe Close, Redditch.
Two roads are blocked in Alvechurch by fallen trees – Swan Street and Woodpecker Close, off Ash Lane.
Another tree has fallen blocking the road in Truemans Heath Lane, Wythall.
There is also a fallen tree at Coventry Highway, Redditch near Battens Drive.
Worcestershire Highways are aware of the incidents and are sending crews to the scenes.
St Luke’s CE First School in Redditch is closed due to the risk from storm Eunice, with high winds forecast, the school will be closed today for all pupils. Remote learning will be provided for all pupils.
Tardebigge CE First School is closed today due to the storm and the age and position of the school building.
Plans in place for Worcestershire –
West Midlands Railway issued a its ‘do not travel’ warning for commuters for Friday, expecting disruption from fallen trees and flying debris.
Blanket speed restrictions will be in place on all services and will also cause delays.
Due to the potential severity of Storm Eunice Worcestershire County Council Highways teams have suspended non-essential highway maintenance operations so they can use their available resources to deal with fallen trees, flooding and other hazards.
Anyone who spots a fallen tree blocking a road or other issues should call Worcestershire Highways on 01905 845676.
The severe weather emergency night shelter will be open today (Fri 18th February 2022).
If you see anyone sleeping rough contact Streetlink http://streetlink.org.uk or call 0300 500 0914.
If you see a person on the street in need of medical attention, please call 999 immediately.