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Update on Storm Eunice

UPDATE 18:00 FRIDAY 18 FEB:

Surrey’s Local Resilience Forum partners met throughout the day to share information and help ensure residents of Surrey were kept as safe as possible and supported where needed.

As of 6pm we are aware of sporadic power outages across the county, with utility companies working hard to assess the issues and restore power as quickly as possible. Surrey County Council and Districts & Boroughs are working with utility companies to understand the current power situation and support vulnerable residents through existing contingency plans.

An Amber weather warning is in place across Surrey until 9pm Friday evening. Weather is expected to be unsettled, wet and windy through the weekend, but no further weather warnings are expected.

Surrey County Council highways teams, customer services and Surrey Fire & Rescue Service have been handling much higher than usual volumes of calls throughout the day. Additional highways teams have been out on the roads, working tirelessly to clear fallen debris and blockages. Understandably, there is a large backlog of reports, and this may take several days to clear as teams can only work safely during daylight hours.

UPDATE 12:00 FRIDAY 18 FEB:

Surrey County Council are working with partners to keep people safe and supported through Storm Eunice.

Storm Eunice is forecast to cause significant disruption and dangerous conditions due to extremely strong winds today – the Met Office has issued a red warning which now includes all of Surrey for today between 10am-3pm. An amber warning is set to remain in place for Surrey until 9pm this evening, with weather remaining unsettled, and windy, through the weekend.

Surrey’s Local Resilience forum have been meeting this week in anticipation, bringing together partners from councils, emergency services, NHS, transport providers and utility companies.

We are encouraging residents to stay at home and avoid travel if at all possible, and if required to travel with extreme caution.

The majority of Surrey County Council services are running and open as usual, with extra crews made available on our highways ready to clear any fallen debris alongside tree surgeons. Residents can report here.

For any electricity related incident, people should call 105 and should not approach or touch any fallen power lines – keep well away.

Registrars are continuing to work, with registry offices and the majority of libraries open. Public buildings are available for refuge and shelter if residents find themselves out during the worst of the weather.

Frontline social care staff are still working to visit and support our most vulnerable residents, doing so safely and assessing risk on a case by case basis.

All COVID testing and vaccination sites are closed today.

Local services such as bin collections, community centres and parks will be managed through District and Borough Councils, with some closures and disruption likely.

The vast majority of Surrey Schools are currently on half term, and advice has been issued to early years settings – residents should check with their provider.

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