This morning, Ireland and Northern Ireland are recovering from the worst storm on record, which has left three people dead and many without power. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the storm and their families.
High winds were also reported in Wales, Cumbria and Scotland, with police in Cumbria dealing with ‘numerous incidents’ related to 70 mph winds, and the Welsh ambulance service reporting that a woman was injured by a falling branch in Wrexham.
How has the storm affected the Post Office?
Most importantly, we’re pleased to report that no Post Office colleagues or postmasters have been injured as a result of the storm.
Last night (16/10) our Belfast supply chain unit closed early to enable colleagues to get home in good time. Branches supplied with cash via the unit were informed and we explained that they would need to change the time that they called in to order cash and coins.
Bank of Ireland closed their call centres to enable colleagues to make their way home safely.
Post Office branches in all affected areas remained open. However we did issue a safety alert to make our people aware that damage to buildings was possible in high winds and asking them to take extra care when closing. We’ve called all 70 Post Office sites in the path of the storm. And 63 have reported no visible damage. We will continue to attempt to contact the remaining 7 sites.
What’s happening now?
All schools in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland remain closed for a second day as the clean-up begins.
The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" wind warning across southern and central Scotland and northern England and warned of rush-hour disruption.
In England, there's a flood warning in Dorset and a series of flood alerts across the North West and the South West.
Post Office branches remain open for our customers. And so do our customer support centres in London, Bolton and Chesterfield, as well as our supply chain depots. We will advise colleagues and postmasters if this changes.
We do ask that all colleagues and postmasters are mindful of the current weather conditions and exercise caution where necessary, particularly when travelling.
Colleagues with particular concerns ought to speak to their line manager.