Storm Ciarán - service updates

Updates on impacts of Storm Ciarán in Southampton

We are currently preparing for the potential impacts of Storm Ciarán later in the week. This may increase the risk of surface water flooding, and flooding from our city’s rivers as rain will be falling onto saturated ground.

Friday 3 November 2023

Updated at 3:00pm - Household waste and recycling collections

Thank you for bearing with us. We can confirm that household waste collections from Thursday will be collected on Saturday 4 November, so please put your bins out ready.

In addition recycling collections from Thursday will take place next week. Please put your bins out for Monday and we will collect as soon as possible. Please note that glass should be held for your next scheduled collection.

Thank you too to our collection crews for stepping up.

Thursday 2 November 2023

Updated at 3:30pm - Garden waste collections

Due to Storm Ciarán, scheduled garden waste collections have been suspended for today (Thursday 2 November) due to the high winds posing a risk of potential injury.

We will endeavour to return Friday 3 November to collect garden waste that was due for collection today. Please put your bins out. 

If you have any questions, please email

Updated at 1:45pm - Redbridge repairs

Urgent repairs are taking place from 8pm tonight (Thursday 2 November) on the westbound Redbridge flyover and westbound slip road from the Redbridge roundabout. Temporary closures will be in place so our teams can work safely. Expect delays.

Updated at 11:15am - Roads update

The Itchen Bridge reopened earlier this morning.

Road closures:

  • Southern Water has works on Winchester Road. It is due to reopen at lunchtime today (Thursday 2 November)
  • Weston Parade - closed
  • Bridge Road - closed

Lane closures:

  • West Quay Road/Mountbatten Way - one lane closure
  • Southern Road - southbound is down to one lane

Planned road closures:

  • The Redbridge slip road from Redbridge roundabout towards Totton bypass (westerly direction) has lane closures for emergency repairs to numerous defects tonight (Thursday 2 November) from 8pm
  • There will also be a road closure of the Redbridge flyover (westbound towards the A35). The roads will be reopened when the repairs are completed
  • Priory Road. Planned works are taking place with lane restrictions controlled by 2-way lights. Priory Road north and south is closed

Reports of fallen trees:

  • Cemetery Road - inspectors are attending
  • Bursledon Road near the Red Lion PH. Large tree branch fallen in footway. It has been attended and it has been reported to the trees team to resolve
  • Station Road - resolved

Updated at 10:30am - Libraries, museums and events

Our museums and libraries are opening as normal today, as are community libraries with the exception of Millbrook Community Library (closed due to staff shortages). Any library items due back today will not be subject to overdue fees.

Preparations for the family fireworks at Mayflower Park on Saturday are continuing.

Updated at 9:45am - Family Hubs early closures

Due to Storm Ciarán we will be closing Family Hubs from 1pm on Thursday 2 November.

This is to ensure both the safety of the families who access the Hubs and our staff.

This morning (Thursday 2 November) the following Hubs will be open but all sessions have been cancelled:

  • Cutbush
  • Blackberry
  • Clovelly
  • Ashby
  • Pickles Coppice

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Family Hub coordinators on the numbers below:

  • West (Tina) - 07769931966
  • Central (Julie) - 07786250945
  • East (Sinead) - 07393143669

Please take care to keep safe during the storm. We hope to reopen Hubs for sessions when it is safe to do so.

Updated at 9:00am - Itchen Bridge reopened, weather warning downgraded

The weather warning has been downgraded. Therefore the Itchen Bridge has been reopened.

Updated at 8:00am - Road closures

We are getting reports of closed/flood roads but no trees down blocking highways.

Roads closed due to localised flooding:

  • Bridge Road between the junction of Oakbank Road & Radstock Rood
  • West Quay Road between the junctions of Mountbatten Way & Southern Road reduced to one lane
  • Weston Parade remains closed

Localised flooding on the following roads:

  • Bitterne Road West - near Northam Bridge (both directions)

Wednesday 1 November 2023

Updated at 6:00pm - Voi e-scooters and Beryl Bikes

Voi e-scooters and Beryl Bikes by Breeze are pausing operations tomorrow morning (Thursday 2 November).

Updated at 4:10pm - South Western Railway update

South Western Railway has issued new travel advice for Storm Ciarán.

You can follow @SW_help on X for further updates.

Updated at 3:00pm - Service updates

A major incident has been declared by The Hampshire & IOW Resilience forum from midnight tonight to support preparations for the impact of Storm Ciarán. With very strong winds of up to 80mph expected in coastal areas on the island and across the south of the mainland area from tonight through to Thursday, there is a risk of damage to buildings and falling trees leading to a potential risk to life.

Storm Ciarán is expected to reach Southampton this evening at around 6pm. Yellow warnings for wind and rain have been issued by the Met Office through to Thursday night, with an amber warning for wind currently predicted between 6am and 5pm on Thursday.

The best places to stay up to date are over on our social channels Facebook, X and Nextdoor. We will be updating them regularly as the weather changes.

From midnight tonight, those who live or work in what are likely to be the worst affected areas (as determined by the Amber weather warning issued by the Met Office) are advised to travel with care avoiding, as far as possible, coastal and wooded areas and open spaces whilst winds are. People are also advised to check transport operator (rail, ferry and bus) websites and social media channels for any updates before travelling.

The Itchen Bridge will be closed today from 7pm due to the expected high winds posing a risk of injury and to life and reopening the bridge will be kept under review.


School Crossing Patrols will be suspended on Thursday 2 November. Your school will let you know via your parent portal or other communication channels if it will be closing. You can stay up to date on our schools closures page.


Extra highways crews are on standby to respond to the impact of Storm Ciarán and clear excess water and tree debris, prioritising main routes and routes to critical services.

To report a highways issue:

Please follow the signage on key routes into the city for up to the minute information and check transport operator websites and social media before travelling for updates to bus, rail and ferry services. You can also follow SCC Highways on X for updates regarding road closures related to the adverse weather conditions.

Rough sleepers

The city's Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) has been activated today and will run until 3 November 2023 at 9am when conditions are currently forecast to improve. We are increasing our support for rough sleepers in the city and offering advice for members of the public who would like to help during the disruption.

Waste services

Scheduled waste collections will be suspended on Thursday 2 November due to the high winds posing a risk of potential injury. Please do not put your refuse out. We will update our social channels for rescheduled collections.


See advice on how to prepare for flooding and check for updates relating to flood alerts for the area.

The flood alerts in place for Southampton Water and Mansbridge and Riverside Park remain in place and you can see current and forecast flood risk.

There is the potential for surface water flooding on low lying areas and open spaces. For assistance in the event of flooding call 0345 988 1188 or text 0345 602 6340. Please use the 999-emergency number only if there is an immediate risk to life.

We are actively monitoring key routes including West Quay Road, Thomas Lewis Way, Mansbridge Road, Paynes Road and Woodmill Lane to maintain access and respond to flooding incidents as necessary. Please report incidents of flooding on our website.

Parks and open spaces

We are advising residents to take care, avoid woodland areas and parks due to expected high winds of up 80mph as well as coastal areas and paths along the rivers and to not enter flood water as it may conceal hidden dangers. You can report fallen trees on our website.

We are also advising residents to tie down, move or bring inside any garden furniture, parasols, children’s toys and especially trampolines, tents, tarpaulins or other loose, lightweight items outside as well as move all bins and other outdoor containers to a safe, sheltered place where possible. Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging and do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress.

The Municipal Golf Course will be closed on Thursday 2 November.

Parks and street cleansing staff will be performing their usual duties on Thursday 2 November.


All our libraries will close by 6pm on Wednesday 1 November 2023 to ensure the safety of both the public and our staff. Any items due back this period will not be subject to overdue fees.

Emergencies and useful information

If you have an urgent medical problem and you are not sure what to do, call 111 or visit 111 online at Urgent Treatment Centres and pharmacies are equipped to deal with minor injuries, such as cuts or sprains.

Please only go to a hospital’s Emergency Department for life-threatening accidents and emergencies. Find details of pharmacies and Urgent Treatment Centres online.

You can also download the Healthier Together app for advice if you have children or carer responsibilities. The app can help you decide whether you can self-care at home or if you need help, and which service is best for the needs of children aged up to 18. It also provides advice and guidance for pregnant women.

Find more information on local health services and getting the right care for your needs.

Save the emergency numbers of electricity, 105, Water, 0330 303 0368, and gas, 0800 111 999, in case of outages. If you are elderly, disabled or with very young children you may also wish to register with your utility companies’ Priority Services Register for additional support.

Find out what to do if you have a water or wastewater emergency, click on this helpful advice from Southern Water and find updates on incidents.

Tuesday 31 October 2023

Updated 31 October 2023 at 5:13pm - Advance notice of Itchen Bridge closure

Storm Ciarán is expected to bring very strong winds along the southern coast from Wednesday 1st November which are not anticipated to reduce until Friday 3 November, which is then likely to be followed by additional rain.

We are taking precautionary measures across the area, to prevent accidents and injury to the public and our workforce. This includes closing the Itchen Bridge on Wednesday 1 November from 7pm. This closure will remain in place until storm Ciarán has passed or when the weather significantly subsides.

Buses will be redirected, please check with your bus operators’ website before travel and it is likely that other roads may also be closed in the coming days. We ask that if need to travel, check your route, and please travel with care.

Guidance and updates on further impacts of the storm will be provided tomorrow morning, Wednesday 1 November 2023.

Updated 31 October 2023 at 2:25pm

Southern Road is now open.

Updated 31 October 2023 at 11:20am

A flood warning remains in place for the Itchen Estuary (Southampton Water) with a flood alert at Mansbridge and Riverside Park. The Environment Agency is continuing to monitor these.

We are not currently expecting any properties to be at risk from tidal flooding, however minor flooding may be possible to low lying areas including Weston Shore, Riverside Park, the Boardwalk at St Denys, Crosshouse Hard and Mayflower Park.

Please take care. Avoid coastal areas as well as paths along the rivers and do not enter flood water as it may conceal hidden dangers. Residents living or working in Flood Zones 2 and 3 are advised to listen out for any flood alerts or warnings issued by the Environment Agency, and any weather warnings issued by the Met Office in relation to wind and rain, and take action as appropriate. Residents can check their flood risk on the Environment Agency website.

For the time being, Weston Parade remains closed as a precaution due to the elevated tide and Southern Road at the junction of West Quay has a partial lane closure due to surface water flooding. We are actively monitoring other key routes including Thomas Lewis Way, Mansbridge Road, Paynes Road and Woodmill Lane to maintain access and respond to flooding incidents as necessary.

The public can report flooding to the council online by searching for report a flood or using the report a flood webpage.