Popular Wirral promenades close as storm Eleanor heads towards Merseyside

Credit: @wirralcheshire

Credit: @wirralcheshire

Popular promenades on Wirral will be closed tonight as Storm Eleanor bares down on Merseyside.

Fort Perch Rock car park in New Brighton will be closed from 4pm today, as strong winds from the storm could cause dangerous waves during high tide.

Kings Parade in New Brighton will also be closed from 8.30pm and South Parade in West Kirby will be closed from 8pm.

READ MORE: Storm Eleanor has been named and will hit Merseyside with winds of up to 80mph

A statement on the council’s website said: “Due to high winds and a high tide coinciding tonight, Fort Perch Rock car park in New Brighton will be closed from 4pm this afternoon, (Tuesday, Jan 2).

Kings Parade, New Brighton, will also be closed from 8.30pm, and South Parade, West Kirby, will be closed from 8pm.

“Current predictions show that strong winds may cause flooding of promenades on the coast for around two hours either side of high water later today at 11:30pm, on Wednesday, at 11.54am, and at 12.21am, on Thursday.”

Storm Eleanor is expected to bring 80mph winds and ‘danger to life’ waves at our coasts overnight on Tuesday and through Wednesday.

There could even be power cuts and disruption to mobile phone services as the fifth named storm of the season hits, forecasters warn.

Carol Holt, flood duty manager for the Environment Agency, said: “Unsettled weather with strong winds and at times large waves, combined with high tides, could lead to some coastal flooding from Tuesday until Thursday.

“Our frontline teams are on the ground checking defences and may close coastal flood gates this week. We urge people to stay safe on the coast – take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades, and don’t put yourself in unnecessary danger trying to take ‘storm selfies’.

“If you’re travelling, please check your route before setting off and don’t drive through flood water”.

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