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Weather Updates North Yorkshire and York

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10:56am 5th December 2013

Due to severe wind today and safety concerns, 5 December, City of York Council has made the decision to close Newgate Market and Rowntree Park.

Recycling and or refuse collections are taking place in York today as normal. The high winds mean that although the collection crews are doing their best, there will inevitably be lots of wind blown debris, say the council.

They add that they have redeployed street cleansing and grounds maintenance staff to assist in the clear up operation, which will be attending areas across the city as soon as possible.

Updates to closures and affected services will be uploaded on to www.york.gov.uk throughout the day.

A council spokesperson said: "As with any extreme weather conditions the safety of residents and tourists alike is the paramount concern of the council. We apologise for any inconvenience these closures may cause".

Advice to the public during high winds is to:

  • Take care when walking, driving or parking, especially near large trees.
  • Report any dangerous buildings or other structures, or obstructions on roads or footpaths, by calling 01904 551551.
  • If concerned, seek professional advice about fallen trees or branches on your own property.
  • Follow @cityofyork and @YorkTravel on Twitter, local transport providers and local media for the latest travel information.

North Yorkshire Police has also issued advice to motorists to urge them to take extra care over the next 24 hours with winds of up to 80mph forecasted to hit the region.

The Met Office’s “amber warning” is in place between 2am and 4pm on Thursday 5 December 2013.

Drivers of high-sided vehicles in particular are advised to avoid exposed routes and bridges and follow Highways Agency safety guidance.

Also, on the east coast – covering the Whitby, Scarborough and Filey areas in North Yorkshire – people are urged to keep away from sea walls, piers and other water fronts as heavy waves are expected to crash over the sea defences.

The heavy waves are expected to hit during Thursday afternoon due to a combination of the strong wind and the high spring tide.   

Where road closures are in place along the coastline, drivers are asked to avoid the area until further notice.

The Environment Agency updates its flood guidance every 15 minutes on its website at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx and people can follow the Environment Agency on Twitter at @EnvAgency using the hashtag  #floodaware

Met Office weather forecasts and warnings can be found at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/ and people can follow the Met Office on Twitter at @metoffice and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/metoffice

Live traffic information updates are available on the Highways Agency website at www​.highways​.gov​.uk/​t​r​a​f​fic or tune into Minster FM 104.7 for the latest traffic and travel information.

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