Storm Eunice - Hampshire County Council ready for raised weather alert

Hampshire County Council is braced to support residents across Hampshire as Storm Eunice moves in, bringing extreme weather today (Friday 18 February 2022)

Feb 18 2022

In response to the Met Office ‘red’ weather warning for Hampshire and the surrounding areas, County Council staff, emergency services and partner agencies are working together around the clock to protect residents and respond to disruption caused by the storm - which is expected to bring very strong winds of up to 80mph in some areas. 

Councillor Keith Mans, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said: “The forecast wind speeds are of great concern to everyone. Our services have put in place plans to respond to the disruption expected from Storm Eunice and decisions have been based on the latest information coming through.  

“What is important is that we all do what we can to keep safe. We are working closely with our partners and emergency services and would urge residents not to travel, unless absolutely necessary. If you must travel, please do so with the utmost caution, and where possible avoid coastal and wooded areas during the forecast storms for your own safety.”  

Hampshire schools have been advised to remain closed today, and disruption is expected to the road and transport network, so members of the public are advised to stay at home and only travel for essential reasons. 

Extra Hampshire Highways crews are on standby to respond to the impact of Storm Eunice on county roads. All planned highway maintenance work has been halted, and resources redeployed to help with clearing trees and fallen debris on the roads - prioritising main routes and routes to critical services. People can report fallen trees online. Major highway projects are continuing, albeit with significantly reduced activity.  

Household Waste Recycling Centres are closed today. If anyone has a booking for today, they will be able to attend the site on Saturday or Sunday instead, just take along the booking confirmation as proof. District and borough councils are responsible for kerbside bin collections and residents are advised to check their local council website for updates about today’s planned collection. 

Country Parks in the local authority area are closed, as well as Hillier Gardens near Romsey. Subject to weather conditions improving, the amenities anticipate re-opening as normal over the weekend – please check social media for latest updates. 

Most public libraries that normally operate on Fridays remain open to the public until 4pm today, to provide warmth, refuge and internet connectivity. Library fines have been suspended. Residents are advised to check social media for local branch information. 

Registration offices are open until 4pm for pre-booked appointments and services only. 

Adult Social Care teams and independent care providers continue to deliver services where possible. Urgent calls to the County Council’s main adult services number are currently being prioritised; 0300 555 1386 - Friday 8.30am to 4pm or out of hours from Friday 4.30pm to Monday 8.30am 0300 555 1373. 

All testing sites for people with COVID-19 symptoms are also temporarily closed today – but expected to operate as normal tomorrow.

The Met Office advice to people about travel, their home and wellbeing can be found on their website.