Warn­ings as 80mph winds head to town

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

RES­I­DENTS are be­ing warned as ‘Storm Doris’ is set to bat­ter Mac­cles­field with winds of up to 80mph.

The Met Of­fice has is­sued an Am­ber weather warn­ing for Thurs­day (Fe­bru­ary 23) say­ing gusts ‘with po­ten­tial risk to life and prop­erty’ could hit the re­gion.

While the strong­est winds look to be only be short-lived, driv­ing con­di­tions are likely to be treach­er­ous with dan­ger of in­jury from fly­ing de­bris.

There will also be po­ten­tial dam­age to struc­tures, in­ter­rup­tions to power sup­plies and chances of dis­rup­tion to travel net­works.

Heavy rain is also likely through­out Thurs­day as well as some snow over high ground, which could also lead to ad­di­tional haz­ards.

The Met Of­fice’s chief fore­caster’s said: “The ex­act tim­ing and track of this sys­tem re­mains un­cer­tain but there is po­ten­tial for a short-lived core of very strong winds to de­velop.

“While some dis­rup­tion is ex­pected out­side of this stronger swathe of winds, the am­ber area looks most likely to see more sig­nif­i­cant dis­rup­tion.”

The wet weather is ex­pected to stay un­til Satur­day (Fe­bru­ary 25), but the winds are ex­pected to die down by Thurs­day evening.

A yel­low weather warn­ing was is­sued last month when Storm Doris nar­rowly missed the town.

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