The Met Office has issued a weather warning for gales from just after midnight until 9am tomorrow (Friday).
Our local weather forecast for Norfolk suggests that gusts of up to 55mph are possible along the coast, slightly less ferocious inland but still strong. We’re also expecting heavy rain, particularly in the early hours of Friday morning, so it really will be quite horrible out there.
If you’re making a journey overnight and tomorrow morning, be aware that your journey could be disrupted, for example by fallen branches or standing water and spray on the roads. Put yourself under less pressure by allowing more time to get to your destination if possible.
Obviously this situation could change so do keep an eye on the Met Office website and listen to local radio stations. The weather should calm down a bit after 9am tomorrow and it looks like a day of sunshine and showers.
Stay safe tonight and batten down those hatches.
Do you know an older person in the Wymondam, Diss and Great Yarmouth areas who might find winter particularly difficult and is at risk of having a fall? If so, please tell them about these upcoming events where they can get a brand new pair of slip-resistant slippers for free and find out about other support and advice to help keep them warm and well.
Hard on the heels of previous successful events in the county, selected Norfolk County Council libraries are hosting more Slipper Swaps – where older people can trade their old slippers for a new pair. The events are being organised in partnership with Norfolk County Council Public Health’s Healthy Communities team.
Falls are the most frequent and serious type of accident in people aged 65 and over. Falls are also the main cause of disability and the leading cause of death from injury among people aged over 75 and cost Norfolk an estimated £19 million every year.
The Slipper Swaps will be taking place at three libraries on the following dates:
Wednesday 17 December
10am – 12pm
Friday 19 December
10am – 12pm
Thursday 8 January
10am – 12pm
Great Yarmouth Library
While waiting for slippers to be fitted, visitors can pick up free room thermometers and information leaflets from the countywide Warm and Well campaign and learn about falls prevention. The events are a chance to find out about free services like NHS Health Checks and Norfolk’s one-to-one Health Trainer service, and how to become a Dementia Friend.
For those who don’t live locally to these events or can’t get along on the day, there’s still lots of information available to help older and more vulnerable people through the winter. The County Council’s Warm and Well launched today and has support and advice covering personal health, home heating, energy saving and insulation, and financial grants. Find out more at: www.norfolk.gov.uk/warmandwell or call 0344 800 8020.
Do you know someone who risks their life, and the lives of others, by getting behind the wheel of a car while over the drink drive limit?
This year Norfolk Police are supporting a national Crimestoppers campaign which urges people who know someone who regularly drink drives to give information anonymously. You can do this via Crimestoppers but if someone is about to commit an offence then call police on 999 so officers can be dispatched to the scene immediately.
Police in Norfolk and Suffolk have also launched their Christmas crackdown, which will involve carrying out extra patrols and breathalysing any driver who is stopped through concern over their manner of driving, a vehicle defect or involved in a collision. Last year 5,547, drivers were tested across both counties with 204 testing positive – a relatively small but nonetheless significant number.
For more information on the Crimestoppers campaign or the Christmas crackdown, visit Norfolk Constabulary’s website.