SEVERE weather looks set to hit the region from today, causing disruption to travel and businesses.
An “active storm” developing over the Atlantic is due to hit the UK tomorrow night, which could lead to transport disruptions and structural damage according to the Met Office.
Gusts of around 70mph are expected and the Met Office says although Staffordshire and South Derbyshire should escape the worst of the storm there is an increasing likelihood of severe weather hitting the West Midlands.
Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for transport, said: “Although Staffordshire looks like it will escape the brunt of the storm, we all know it is difficult to predict precisely how a storm may unfold.
“Gusts of 70mph are enough to topple trees and bring down power cables and it makes sense to keep an eye on the weather forecasts and plan your journey if you are heading out on our roads on Sunday or early Monday in particular.”
Mark Smith, manager at Swarkstone Nurseries, said the storm could destroy his businesses. He said:”If the roof collapses we could lose over £100,000 of stock. It would take a long time to rebuild.”
Chris Giles, waste water manager for Severn Trent Water said extra staff were being put on the phones in the company’s call centre. Additional teams will also be out and about across the region to deal with flooding issues. He said: “We’re also out and about keeping an eye on those areas with a high risk of flooding.
“Unfortunately, in stormy weather, the drains and sewers often have significantly more water flowing through them. When we get a lot of rain in one go, it has a hard time sinking into the ground; so it just runs off the surface and goes directly into drains and sewers.”
Derbyshire Police have advised people to get their winter car checks done.