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States of Guernsey issues advice as Storm Ciarán approaches

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Tuesday 31 October 2023

Islanders are being advised to prepare for Storm Ciaran.

Based on latest forecasts, which are regularly being reviewed, severe weather is due to arrive on Wednesday with the worst of the storm predicted to hit in the early hours of Thursday. Significant disruption is expected during these times.

With predicted winds of up to 95mph, islanders are being advised to stay at home if possible and not travel unless essential.

For the latest information, please visit . The webpage will be kept up to date over the coming days.

States of Guernsey advice on key areas is as follows:

Schools

States-run schools will be closed on Thursday, due to the currently predicted timing of the storm's worst impact.

Advice will be shared with the grant-aided colleges and early years providers, who will assess and make their own decisions whether to open.

Traffic

Guernsey Police will continuously assess road safety conditions and will regularly issue information on social media providing updates.  Advice is likely to focus on road conditions and the impact of the storm, including damage to trees or structures affecting roads.

Road closures

If you need to make an essential journey, please visit roadworks.gov.gg/ for the latest information on road works to help plan your route. Please note there is likely to be significant impact on coast roads during the storm.

Public & School buses

CT Plus and the various school bus operators will make an independent assessment of road conditions in order to determine whether services can be safely operated.  In the event of significant impact to island roads, a limited public bus service may be operated on certain routes.  Information will be regularly updated on buses.gg

Businesses

Businesses are advised to review their business continuity plans, prepare for the risk of flooding on the coasts and issue advice for their staff. Based on the current forecast, States of Guernsey advice is for islanders to remain at home wherever possible during the worst of the storm, including working from home if possible. This advice will be updated should the weather forecast change. 

The Emergency Services

The emergency services have put in place arrangements so that they will be able to continue to carry out their duties.

The Civil Protection Team will be supporting during the significant weather and the public are asked to adhere to any direction given.

Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care has its own transport arrangements for staff during severe weather conditions, thereby ensuring that the majority of its services continue to function.  St John Ambulance will assist with the provision of transport for essential patients.

Airport

Air travellers are advised to expect disruption to services over the coming days. Passengers are advised to check with their airline in the first instance. Latest information on arrivals and departures is available at Arrivals & Departures | Guernsey Airport | Channel Islands.

Harbour

Significant disruption is expected for shipping services, so anyone booked to travel is advised to contact their ferry operator to check sailings.

Boat owners are advised to ensures their vessels are tightly moored with hatches and covers secured and bilge pumps operating. Anyone who keeps small craft above the spring high water mark on the west coast should make sure it is properly secured or move their vessel to a safe place.

Property

Residents are advised to make sure their properties are secure, including garden furniture and others outside fixtures.

Islanders are asked to clear drains outside their properties to help limit flooding.

Animals

Pet and livestock owners are advised to keep their animals inside wherever possible during the peak times of the storm.

Waste collection

Given the predicted high winds, a decision on bin collections for this week will be taken and announced later today.

Fireworks

As Bonfire Night approaches, firework displays are planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Advice will be given later this week factoring in the latest forecasts at that time. Event organisers are advised to check for latest guidance on Thursday.

Social media

Islanders are encouraged to follow the social media accounts of the States of Guernsey and Guernsey Police (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for regular updates.

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