THE ambulance service is urging people of Cheshire & Merseyside to take extra care as a severe weather warning has today (Tuesday, March 11) been issued by the Met Office.

The Cheshire & Merseyside area, along with the rest of the North West, will experience severe winds during the late hours of Tuesday, March 11 into the morning of Wednesday, March 12.

With the forecast predicting hazardous road conditions, the ambulance service is encouraging the public to think about whether their journey is necessary. If it is, then allow extra time for your journey and take care while walking or driving.

It is worth noting that elderly people, even in their own homes, can be at risk so please look out for your elderly relatives and neighbours.

Helping elderly people with essential shopping during adverse weather can prevent them falling and sustaining significant injuries in windy conditions.

A spokesman said: “Historically, we experience an increase in calls each time there are severe winds and NWAS will be increasing resources to meet the expected rise in demand.

“However, we would urge people to think before they dial 999 - it is important that we have the maximum resources to deal with genuine emergencies.

“If somebody does have a medical concern that is not a 999 emergency, the NHS has a range of services enabling patients to get the right treatment at the right time.”

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