DERBYSHIRE: Residents urged to batten down the hatches as storm sweeps

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Residents in Derbyshire are being warned to “batten down the hatches” as a huge storm approaches.

Torrential rain and gusts of up to 70mph are set to strike on Monday as the Storm of St Jude sweeps the country.

Leon Brown, meteorologist at The Weather Channel, said: “These winds may bring down trees and cause structural damage, so batten down the hatches.”

The Met Office has issued a warning urging people to be vigilant.

A spokesman said: “A very intense low pressure system is forecast, bringing the potential for an exceptionally windy spell of weather. There is the potential for gusts of over 70mph. The public should be aware of the risk of damage to trees and structures as well as the possibility of disruption to transport and power supplies. At the same time, persistent, heavy rain could cause some flooding. The public is advised to take extra care.”

Earlier this week, the main road between Matlock and Chesterfield was closed for a day after heavy rain sparked flooding.

Commuters faced travel misery as the A632 Matlock Road had to be shut between Acorn Ridge in Walton and the Darley Road junction on Monday lunctime because of floodwater and a collapsed wall. The road finally reopened on Tuesday afternoon.

Torrential downpours caused problems for motorists on several other routes across the county.

For information on how to protect yourself and your home from flooding, log on to www.environment-agency.gov.uk

If you get any pictures or video of the wild weather, email editor@belpernews.co.uk