URGENT! Storm Ciara is on its way!

Storm Ciara is set to be the worst storm faced by Britain in seven years.

Advice:

  1. Check your garden is secure before letting your dog(s) outside (if necessary keep your dog on a lead in the garden and if possible padlock your gate before Storm Ciara).
  2. If the storm is disrupting your dog’s exercise routine, activities such as a toy filled with food so that they can use up some energy playing and ‘exploring’ for food, often work well. Games like this are also a great distraction from any unsettling noises. If you are able to head out safely, always have your dog on a lead in case they get frightened by any sudden noises.
  3. If you know of any neighbours, relatives or friends who have pets and might be significantly affected by storm damage, then please keep in touch with them. When severe sudden events like this happen, there are so many things to think about that it is very likely they will need your help.
  4. If you live near an area that may flood, be aware that floodwater could contain raw sewage, and might be contaminated. Keep you and your pet out of it as the water could contain toxins, which could be dangerous to your pet if swallowed, and could remain on their coat if not bathed properly.
  5. Pet owners should know where their pets are at all times. If there is any risk to pets kept outside, ensure they have a safe shelter, or if necessary bring them indoors. They may be scared and unsure and will need reassurance.

Information from the Met Office:

The Met Office has issued several National Severe Weather Warnings for strong winds and heavy rain brought by Storm Ciara throughout the weekend, including an Amber warning for much of England and Wales on Sunday.  Yellow wind and rain warnings have been issued for north-western parts of the UK on Saturday, followed by a yellow wind warning covering the whole UK for the entirety Sunday.  Named by the Met Office on Wednesday, Storm Ciara is currently tracking eastwards towards the UK and Ireland.

What to expect?

  • Flying debris could lead to injuries or danger to life
  • Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs expected
  • Longer journey times and cancellations, as road, rail, air and ferry services affected
  • Some roads and bridges closed
  • Power cuts with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • Injuries and danger to life from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties

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