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Storm Eunice: Hertfordshire County Council closes household waste recycling centres and cancels day centre transport in response to Met Office red warning for wind

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Recycling centres have been closed and transport to and from day care centres cancelled as Hertfordshire County Council responds to a red 'danger to life' weather warning.

The Bishop's Stortford area has been included in the red alert – the highest level – which was issued at 3.44am on Friday (Feb 18) covering London, the South East and parts of the East of England from 10am to 3pm. It warns of significant disruption and dangerous conditions due to extremely strong gusts of up to 80mph.

A statement from Herts County Council said: "We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will update residents further if any other services need to close.

Herts County Council has closed recycling centres (54978217)
Herts County Council has closed recycling centres (54978217)

It added: "Health walks are locally run and we have asked for them to be postponed.

"Our Highways teams and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to reassure everyone that they are fully staffed and ready to respond."

Alex Woodman, the county's chief fire officer and director of community protection, said: “We recommend people follow the guidance from the Met Office and take this weather warning seriously.

"Try to secure anything on your property such as trampolines and loose fence panels to prevent them blowing away and causing a hazard. Only travel if iit is really necessary and please put your safety first by staying at home where possible.”

Fallen trees on roads and paths can be reported to www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/faultreporting. Power cuts and fallen power lines should be reported to UK Power Networks by calling 105. In an emergency, or if there is a risk to life, call 999.

On Wednesday (Feb 16), Essex Highways road crews were diverted from road maintenance operations to clear 36 trees blown over by Storm Dudley. Essex Highways is asking road users to check the latest information on @essex_travel or @essexhighways on Twitter.

Information on roads Essex blocked by fallen trees or branches should be reported to https://essexhighways.org/tell-us.

If a tree is causing an issue with overhead cables, you can report it to https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/power-cut/ or call 0800 3163105 or simply 105 from a mobile number.

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