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Residents warned to take care as winds batter Stafford

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 27, 2013

By Robin Scott

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RESIDENTS have been warned to take care as the county looks set to take a further battering from high winds and worsening weather conditions.

With the Met Office issuing a series of weather warnings and the Environment Agency issuing 50 flood warnings and 157 flood alerts, the UK continues to be hit by a storm that has seen winds of up to 114mph.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said there had already been a handful of weather related incidents although none had caused any major issues so far.

"It's very windy today,” he said. “If you are driving, please slow down and leave additional space between you and the vehicle in front of you.”

Concerns over possible gale-force winds led to the Trentham Estate announcing the ice rink on the site would be closed today.

In Stafford, residents took to Twitter early on to warn others about the winds.

Karen Naylor (@fiddleywebsites) told the Newsletter: “It’s very windy.

“The bins were emptied this morning up Sandon Road and most of them have now blown away.”

Ellis Covington (@evilshed) agreed, saying it was ‘blowy’ and ‘a bad day to be a bin’.

Joanne (@JoLaHarv) said: “Just walked through town [11:24am], bins lying everywhere. It’s like a wheely bin graveyard.”

Winds are expected to drop throughout the day with the temperature following suit, hitting a low of 3°C overnight. The weekend will see some bright spells, but the temperature will remain low, possibly hitting zero overnight on Saturday and high winds picking back up on Sunday evening.

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