Safety Warning As Bad Weather Closes In On Birmingham

Met Office forecasters are warning that heavy rain and gale force winds will continue to affect the UK as we head into the weekend, bringing the possibility of further disruption.

The Met Office has issued several Severe Weather Warnings for the next few days due to the possibility of flooding and damaging winds. The public are advised to stay up to date with these warnings and the latest details from the Met Office forecast during this time of particularly unsettled weather.

Andy Page, Met Office Chief Meteorologist, said: “The unsettled weather will continue over the coming days with heavy rain across the southern half of Britain on Thursday evening into Friday, and that will be quickly followed by another storm moving in early on Saturday. This will bring the risk of flooding and damaging winds bringing down trees to cause disruption to travel and power networks.”

The ambulance service will have addition vehicles on duty this weekend as heavy rain and strong winds once again hit parts of the West Midlands region.

Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Craig Cooke, said: “In general, over the weekend we would ask all members of the public to follow the advice of the Environment Agency and other emergency services and stay away from flood control channels, rivers, streams and other waterways at this time. We would also advise motorists to exercise extreme caution and not attempt driving through flooded roads.

“Not heeding the many safety warnings puts lives at risk, including ambulance staff and other emergency service personnel called to provide a service in these most challenging of conditions.”

The ambulance service is likely to face a busy time this weekend and the Service is reminding the public that they should only call 999 for life-threatening emergencies.  For less urgent cases of illness, injury or pre-existing conditions, the public are advised to consider alternative medical assistance such as their GP, NHS 111, visit a walk-in centre or consult a pharmacist.