Warnings as Storm Eunice set to hit our coast

Waves crashing over promenade
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Storm Eunice is expected to bring extremely strong winds to the Wirral coast on Friday.

Wind gusts of over 60mph are forecast in our coastal areas and exposed locations.

The Met Office has issued an Amber warning for West Kirby, which means there is likely to be significant disruption.

West Kirby promenade floods during Storm Ciara in 2020

What to expect

  • There is a good chance that flying debris could result in a danger to life.
  • Damage to buildings and homes is likely, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down.
  • Roads, bridges and railway lines are likely to close, with delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights.
  • There is a good chance that power cuts, possibly prolonged, could occur , perhaps affecting other services, such as mobile phone coverage.
  • Large waves are likely and beach material is likely to be thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties, and flooding of some coastal properties seems likely.
  • It is likely there will be falling branches and some uprooted trees.
Storm Hannah in 2019 brings tree down on Caldy Road. Photo: Cheryl D’Ambrogio

Wirral Council said Dee Lane and South Parade, in West Kirby, would be shut from 9.30am – 4pm as a precautionary measure but access will remain for residents and businesses.

Merseyrail also warned of possible disruption to services from midday and asked people not to travel unless necessary.

Merseyrail storm warning
Merseyrail storm warning

A spokesperson for Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team said: “These storm systems will be generating mainly Westerly on shore winds and coincide with Spring tides making conditions even more dangerous with possible storm surges.

“With expected tidal overtopping and large waves, coastal road closures will be in place at high tide in certain areas, particularly around West Kirby and New Brighton. Please respect the closures and don’t be tempted to get too close for photographs either on foot or in your vehicles.”

Storm Clodagh batters West Kirby promenade
Storm Clodagh batters West Kirby promenade in 2016

Hoylake RNLI issued the following safety advice:

  • Always check local weather forecasts, tide times and heights if you’re thinking about heading to the coast.
  • Stay a safe distance from the shore – the sea can be unpredictable.
  • Stay back, stay high, stay dry – don’t take unnecessary risks like trying to get a good photo.
  • If you end up in the water unexpectedly, stay calm and #FloatToLive

If you see a tree on the road, call StreetScene on 0151 606 2004 (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri) or 0151 647 7810 (out of hours). If you’re in immediate danger, please call 999.

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