Weather Warning – 25th October 2013
The Met Office has issued an amber weather alert for Monday with strong winds and heavy rain expected to cause major disruption across Wales and Southern England. If you’re importing goods to the UK then be aware that this could affect ports around the country as the lifting equipment used to load and unload containers from the ships cannot be used in high winds.
At present there is still uncertainty as to whether the weather front will continue on its predicted course, but if it does forecasters are predicting winds of over 80 mph, especially over exposed coasts. This would mean the winds would be classed as ‘Hurricane Force’.
The warning advises “be prepared for the risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures” and also to “be aware of the potential for surface water flooding”.
UK Port Operations are likely to be effected with safety regulations restricting the maximum wind conditions they can work under and, there could also be disruption to roads and airports.
We will continue to monitor the situation over the weekend and communicate directly with clients should they have any shipments delayed due to the severe weather conditions.