South Tyneside braced for stormy Sunday

Liz Martin has instaled a weather station at her home.
Liz Martin has instaled a weather station at her home.

WEATHER experts are predicting South Tynesiders won’t feel the wrath of the remnants of Hurricane Bertha.

The tail-end of the storm, which is heading across the Atlantic towards Europe, is expected to hit England tomorrow.

The Met Office has also issued the borough with a severe weather warning for rain, which will remain in place until 11.45pm tomorrow.

However, Liz Martin, 32, who runs South Tyne Weather from her garden in Primrose, Jarrow, is confident the storm won’t be that bad.

She said: “I think it’s going to be a bit of a damp squib, to be honest.

“I think it’s fair to say it will be wet and a bit windy, but I think we’re going to miss out on the brunt of it. There’s only a 30 per cent chance it’s going to hit southern Scotland, so if it does then we will be affected, but the chances are low.”

The hurricane formed in the warm waters of the Caribbean last weekend, lashing the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands with winds of up to 90mph.

Bertha then travelled north, veering safely away from the US and Canadian coast before heading across the Atlantic. It has now been downgraded to an ‘Atlantic storm’, losing power as it travels.

Bosses at South Tyneside Council are also staying alert to ensure there’s not a repeat of last month’s chaos when flash foods caused problems for many of the borough’s roads on July 8.

A council spokesman said: “We closely monitor the weather, and receive alerts from the Met Office to help us prepare for any extreme conditions.

“We have teams on standby to deal with any disruption or incidents that may arise and equipment pods – containing sandbags – are stocked in higher-risk areas of the borough.”

Anyone needing help or information is advised to call the council on 427 7000 or visit their website at, which will be regularly updated with the latest information.

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