Local authorities are preparing for the worst this evening and will divert staff from their normal duties to help with emergency relief efforts if required, the Local Government Association said.
Emergency accommodation has been allocated for any families that may need to be evacuated from their homes, and highways teams are on standby to rescue stranded motorists and clean debris from roads.
– Councillor Mike Jones, chairman of the LGA's environment board
Councils are preparing for the worst while hoping for the best.
Local authorities up and down the country are preparing to divert staff from their normal duties and have placed additional employees on standby to work with fire crews and other emergency services to get people help if they need it.