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Publication date:- 2017-02-03

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Surprise and shock as 100mph+ winds batter UK
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STORM Doris cause disruption across Merseyside and much of the North West, with flights cancelled, trains delayed and even the Port of Liverpool having to be shut down. As the storm blasted over the UK, it sadly left 3 dead, 2 women and a male, and also Sadly a few throughout the UK were left fighting for the lives after accidents due to the gale.

As a direct result the public on Merseyside along with other parts of the North West, England, were rightly advised to avoid any non-essential travel and stay indoors if possible.

On Merseyside wind speeds topped 110mph at times, resulting in multiple incidents of structural collapse of buildings. High winds and damp waterlogged ground resulted in multiple reports of fallen trees, dangerous roof tiles and signage amongst other things causing in travel chaos.

As we mentioned earlier, Peel Ports, who run the Liverpool Docks, had to shut down all operations:- "Safety of all on the site is our highest priority! We would like to thank everyone for their understanding. We had no choice but to take this very unusual step and close down our operations until the wind speeds had reduced, for the safety of our employees, contractors and customers. We recorded gusts of over 100mph."

Safety concerns led to many bus services and also Mersey Ferries suspending operations, adding to the disruption.

Co-op Insurance told us that:- "With the impacts of Storm Doris being seen across the UK, we have received more storm claims in 24 hours than we've seen in the whole of 2017. The Midlands was the worst hit, seeing 39% of claims, followed by the North West at 23% and London just 16%. Most of these claims are mostly low in severity with slipped tiles, and property and vehicle damage due to falling trees and branches."

Jonathan Guy, Head of Claims at Co-op Insurance, said:- "If you do have any neighbours who may need support, check to see if they need your help. If your property has been damaged by the bad weather, contact your insurer as soon as possible so that they can assess the level of damage and make the necessary arrangements to deal with your claim."

Amanda Stretton, Motoring Editor, at, said:- "This just shows us that type of weather requires the most care and preparation if you're to stay safe. When the weather turns and you're out in your vehicle, it can be tempting to put your foot down and drive home as quickly as possible. However, powerful winds, wet roads and excessive speeds spell trouble. Our research reveals a quarter of drivers have had an accident or near miss on account of bad weather conditions. In particular, drivers should be aware of the effect stormy weather will have on their driving ability, with one in ten having lost control of their car and 40% having skidded on account of troublesome weather conditions. As well as being more vigilant in these conditions, drivers need to plan their journeys in advance. Leaving home at least 10 minutes earlier, in order to prepare their car and drive carefully, will help drivers to avoid that potentially dangerous mad rush to work and reduce the likelihood of any accidents that could take place"

Now, how many of us did what Amanda suggested?

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If you do have damage what should you do? Co-op Insurance said that:- "In the 1st instance, look to secure your property, but don't tackle anything that appears to be dangerous, such as going on the roof to check tiles. The advice is to call an expert out to assess the damage before putting yourself at risk! Secondly, contact your insurer's helpline, as they will be able to offer advice and guidance on how to get the damages to your property repaired quickly. Damage to the building will be covered by your 'Home Insurance' or in the case of a business, your 'Business Insurance' provider. Damage to your possessions will often be covered by your contents provider or stock insurance cover. Some policies will cover both, so check to see. Provide your insurer with an accurate report of what's been damaged and when it took place. Be sure to send your insurer any receipts or photos you have for items that are damaged, as this will help them evaluate the extent of the damage. Finally, keep hold of any damaged items until your insurer has seen them, or has confirmed that they don't need to see them, as they may be repairable."

If you have had to make a claim, again, please let us know what if you found it easy or hard to do so…

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Last Chance for Community Groups in Merseyside to Enter Awards
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Clock in for the 2017 Prescot Festival
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Outcome of executive disciplinary appeals
Dance company moves public classes to LIPA
Serious assault on a woman in Southport
Better by bus
Give a toss about fire safety this Pancake Day
Special Constable dismissed from Merseyside Police
Next of kin appeal following death of a 98 lady
Workers in the North West put in ₤2.9 billion worth of unpaid overtime a year
North West hosts vital financial and related professional services hubs
2 men jailed in ₤840k smuggling fraud
Stuart wins national award for outstanding service
Tradesmen sentenced in ₤300k Tax fraud
Green waste collections resume
Appeal for information following fire in Bootle
Creamfields 2017 – Line up announced Celebrating 20 Years
Pet Shop Boys have performed in Manchester
Puppy in training to help children with learning disabilities and autism
Unlicensed landlord fined almost ₤10,000 by a District Judge
2 charged following burglary and theft in Formby

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Just 2 more auditions left for Mr and Miss Liverpool 2017... Will it be you this year?

THIS year Miss Liverpool will be representing our City and the Liverpool City Region (Merseyside) at events and at charity fund raising activities within the area and throughout the UK. You do not need to register to attend the audition, but take not, you only have 2 auditions left!

The next events are on 27 February 2017, at the amazing Level nightclub in Liverpool City Centre, (L1 4AN) from 5pm to 10pm.  The other will be held at Formby Fitness, Formby Village, (L37 7DJ) from 10am to 2pm.

This year’s title holders will find huge interest in them from the media and the public alike, as they will be expected to be more than just ambassadors for our region at these events, but also nationally, within the fashion industry.
  This is not a beauty pageant as traditionally represented, there is far more to it. It’s about personality and also social skills, along with the ability to be a role model to others.

Miss Liverpool must be aged between 16 to 26 years.
Mr Liverpool applicants must be aged 16 to 27. All who enter must not have had any children and all of you must be unmarried... Other rules apply and can be found on:- MissEngland.Info.

You will not be charged any money to attend and all you need to do is come in smart casual clothing, sit a quick interview and have a head shot taken. This head shot will be used for selection purposes only. Ladies must not come with heavy make up. Come with minimal, natural make up on only!

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A representative of the media might attend at do PR photos of those waiting to go in, to help promote the event. So what are you waiting for? Head over and see what happens. Also take a look at Formby’s friendliest and best Fitness Club... You might want to join them as well!

The full criteria for Mr Liverpool can be found on:-

You can also call the Miss Liverpool Organiser Pat Hughes on:- 07811779760, for more information.

Formby Fitness is located at 9 Green Lane, Formby (L37 7DJ), opposite the Grapes Pub, within the old ice rink building.

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