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Severe Weather

To find out how to prepare in the event of severe weather events such as flooding, the websites below provide useful advice and guidance.

Be weather ready

The Met Office 'Weather Ready' campaign provides seasonal tips and advice on how to deal with the weather on their website focusing on key areas such as Travel and Your Home. Also be aware of the severe weather alerts they issue.

Power cuts

To search, track, and report power cuts visit the UK Power Networks website

If you will need extra support during a power cut, visit the UK Power Networks website for information on their Priority Services Register.

To report any power cuts and damaged overhead cables or lines please use the freephone number 105. Updates can be found on twitter @ukpowernetworks. Please treat electricity cables as live, stay away and call UK Power Networks immediately. If you see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public please call 999.

Severe storms and flooding

Severe storms can produce high winds, torrential rain, hailstones, lightning and flash floods. They can cause structural damage, flooding to properties and power cuts.

Flooding due to drainage systems being unable to cope with heavy rain is also known as 'localised' or 'surface water flooding'. Flooding can also come from rivers. Groundwater flooding can occur when the water table rises and reaches the surface. Flooding from groundwater may occur days or weeks after heavy or prolonged rainfall. Homeowners and businesses are responsible for protecting their properties.

Risk of flooding

To sign up for flood warnings, view flood warnings in force and get guidance on what to do before, during and after a flood visit the GOV.UK Flood Information Service

Briefings on the current groundwater situation for areas where the groundwater levels are available from the Environment Agency

Severe weather warnings

Severe weather warnings are provided by the Met Office.