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If your school has decided to close on Friday 18 February due to Storm Eunice, they will contact you directly.

The arrival of Storm Eunice this weekend will bring very strong gale force winds and large waves along the coastline, warns Portsmouth City Council.

The amber weather warning means the flood gates will be closed in Old Portsmouth and the Seafront Road gates will be closed. The council have instructed the Coastal Partnership to add additional rocks and shingle to a stretch of the beach to try and reduce damage to an area of the esplanade which has previously suffered storm damage.

Residents and visitors are advised to avoid the seafront area during the storm and should secure garden furniture and trampolines. Bin collections will continue as planned but residents are advised to take their bins back in as soon as possible after collection. They are also asked not to place loose waste out, such as cardboard, by the side of the recycling bin.

There is likely to be disruption to transport, especially ferries and hovercraft, so please check with travel operators. Individual schools and nurseries will communicate any closures.

Guy Mason, Portsmouth City Council’s project director for the Southsea Coastal Scheme, said: “There’s an amber warning out for Portsmouth on Friday so we’re preparing for some serious weather, with very strong gale force winds and large waves along the Southsea Seafront.

“As always, when alerted to severe weather conditions, we will be ensuring the flood gates are closed at Old Portsmouth and we will be putting flood boards in place at the Pyramids centre in Southsea. Colas will be closing the Seafront Road gates. We will also be monitoring the seafront for possible damage.

“These kind of conditions are a reminder to all Portsmouth residents of the importance of the work of the Southsea Coastal Scheme in upgrading our sea defences for the years to come.”

To keep informed of any changes to services due to the weather please visit www.portsmouth.gov.uk and check for any disruption to travel with travel operators.