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Summary

  1. Islands hit by Storm Eleanor for second day
  2. - Coastal roads closed ahead of high tide
  3. Flood warnings in place for Friday morning's high tide
  4. Pressure on Guernsey's health services 'building'
  5. Visit Jersey defends timing of 'Love Winter' launch
  6. Jersey War Tunnels closed until falling rock face made safe
  7. Updates on Thursday 4 January 2018

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Weather: Warnings ahead of Friday's high tide

BBC Weather

It will turn unsettled into the evening with wet and windy weather arriving.

There will be heavy showers and gales, perhaps severe gales around exposed coasts and hills.

However, some drier spells are likely too. Minimum Temperature: 8C (46F).

Weather map
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Tomorrow it will be windy at first, with changeable conditions through the day.

A few heavy, blustery showers are likely, with a risk of hail and thunder.

However, some drier and brighter interludes are likely too. Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).

There's a flood warning for Guernsey's west coast for the high tide at 08:44 at 9.8m with a west to south westerly wind of force seven to eight.

There's a tide warning for Jersey's south coast at the high tide at 8:36 at 11.5m.

About one million litres of water removed from Vazon

Deputy Joe Mooney stands down from health committee

Deputy Joe Mooney has stood down from Guernsey's health committee to focus on his work with the Committee for Economic Development.

It has been a difficult decision for me to make but whenever I do a job I seek to do it well and following the committee’s Policy Letter on the future model for health and care being unanimously approved by the assembly last month I think it is the right time to concentrate all my efforts in support of Economic Development.

Deputy Joe Mooney

The committee will be sad to see Deputy Mooney go but understands his reasons for doing so. He has been an exceptionally hardworking member of my committee and has helped it achieve a great deal."

Deputy Heidi SoulsbyPresident, Committee for Health and Social Care

A replacement member is due to be elected during the States meeting being held in two weeks.

Winter pressures on Health and Social Care are 'building'

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Winter pressures placed on Health & Social Care (HSC) in Guernsey are "building", the States of Guernsey have said.

Bed occupancy at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital currently stands at 88% capacity for medical and surgical beds - the target for bed occupancy is 85%.

Extra agency staff and additional bank staff hours have been engaged to "ensure full capacity is maintained over the winter period" as pressure on hospital services increases, a States of Guernsey spokesman said.

Princess Elizabeth Hospital
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Bed occupancy at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital currently stands at 88%

He added that "regrettably" it may be necessary to postpone some non-urgent admissions and operations to maintain capacity.

So far three non-emergency operations have been postponed.

Jan Coleman, HSC Director of Hospital Services, said postponing non-urgent admissions "is not something we take lightly".

"We understand the distress and inconvenience this causes patients and their families. We apologise for any inconvenience and distress caused, however, it is clearly essential that we ensure there is sufficient capacity to deal with emergency admissions to hospital."

Bus service continues to be disrupted by storm clear up

BBC Radio Guernsey

CT Plus has thanked its customers for their "patience" and "understanding" as Guernsey's public bus services continue to be impacted after Storm Eleanor hit the island.

The firm says the Vazon Coast Road and the coast road from Pleinmont, Fort Grey, L’Eree through to Perelle are not available as clear up and pumping operations continue.

Live updates on all disruptions will be posted on the company's Twitter and Facebook feeds.

What does your dog tax go towards?

Phillippa Guillou

BBC Radio Guernsey reporter

The deadline for Guernsey dog owners to pay their £10 annual tax is at the end of the month.

And you might be surprised to know the money raised goes towards different things depending on where you live in the island.

A dog on a beach
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In St Peter Port, the tax goes towards waste collection and maintaining street lights.

In the Vale and St Andrew it contributes to an improvement fund, which last year paid for floral displays and public events in the latter parish.

Castel residents have benefited from several new dog bins thanks to the tax.

St Sampson's Douzaine hopes to use the money to install more dog bins, while money raised in St Martin and the Forest means the bins are emptied regularly.

A Torteval meadow area was re-landscaped last year with dog tax revenues, while St Saviour's road signs are maintained using the tax.

And finally St Peter will decide how to spend its revenues at a meeting later this month.

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Reminder after two unlocked vehicle thefts within a week

BBC Radio Guernsey

Islanders are being reminded to secure their vehicles after an unlocked van and a car were stolen within the past week.

A white and green Daihatsu Van was taken on New Year’s Eve from St John’s Road, St Peter Port and later found near the airport runway.

A gold Perodua Kelisa was taken from a St Andrew's home on Tuesday and is still missing.

Guernsey Police's crime reduction adviser Andy Goodall said: "The majority of these types of crime are opportunistic, and a few small precautions can reduce the chances of your vehicle being targeted.

"Don’t leave your keys in the car, make sure all windows are closed, lock all the doors and activate any security devices when leaving your vehicle."

Two meetings about alternative school model taking place

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

People in Guernsey are being invited to attend meetings on the alternative two-school model for secondary education being put forward by a group of four deputies.

The public meetings take place at Les Cotils, at 19:30 on 11 January, and 14:00, 13 January at Beau Sejour.

The meetings come ahead of the 17 January States debate, where politicians will consider both the two-school and three-school model, put forward by the island's education committee.

Guernsey school buses diverted from storm impacted roads

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Bus operator CT Plus has decided to divert some of this afternoon's school bus services to avoid closed and unsafe sections of road.

Grammar School and Le Mare De Carteret school services are affected.

Full details are available here.

Sark sailings going as planned

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'Dangerous' container drifted as far as Bouley Bay

Sarah Bailey

Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Jersey

It's emerged that a shipping container blown off the beach at Gorey by Storm Eleanor yesterday drifted as far as Bouley Bay before being picked up by the States tug boat.

Container adrift in the sea
Ports of Jersey
Chart showing boat movements
Ports of Jersey
Once located, the container was towed into sheltered waters off St Catherine's Bay where it was lifted aboard

The container, which was being used as storage by a watersports company, was described as a potential danger to shipping.

It was being used to store items on the waterfront at Long Beach near Gorey but the storm force 10 winds blew it into the sea and round to the island's north coast.

The Duke of Normandy vessel located it and towed it back to St Helier.

JT still working to reconnect some customers

BBC Radio Jersey

JT teams are still working to restore service to 34,000 phone customers, who lost landline service as a result of the storms.

Engineers have identified the fault and had hoped to have most customers back online around 12:00.

A spokesperson said the bulk of customers should now have normal service but some connections may take a little longer.

Container loosened by storm removed from sea

Robert Hall

BBC News correspondent

A container blown into the sea as Storm Eleanor hit the islands is safely in St Helier harbour.

Earlier the container, which had been used for storage at Long Beach in Gorey, was towed into sheltered waters.

Shipping container seen from Duke of Normandy
Ports of Jersey

It was lifted aboard the Duke of Normandy tug, which has returned to Albert Pier.

Ports of Jersey said it will be unloaded at New North Quay and then the owner will arrange its removal.

Warnings over illegal dumping as fly-tipping Friday approaches

Guernsey Press

Fly-tippers risk substantial fines and a court appearance, if they leave their rubbish on public land, Guernsey Police have warned.

Guernsey Police warn shoppers about festive scam

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Friday's Liberation sailings rescheduled

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Seaweed, sandbags and shingle at Perelle

Mike Wilkins

BBC Channel Islands News

Perelle on Guernsey's west coast has again born the brunt of Storm Eleanor, which has left a trail of sea debris at the garage car park and on coastal roads, which remain closed.

Storm damage at Perelle
BBC

Despite the sign, Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services said there had been no breach to the shingle bank at L'Eree, which had "so far performed very well on these high tides in this exceptional weather".

Storm damage at Perelle
BBC
Storm damage at Perelle
BBC

Sark sailing being reviewed later

Twitter

Another tide warning for Jersey

Twitter

An orange warning is in place for Jersey's south coast tomorrow morning, with the 08:36 high tide expected to result in waves breaking over sea walls, and the possibility of further flooding.

You're being asked to follow the advice of the authorities.

View more on twitter

Storm damage: Perelle shop shuts for second day

Mike Wilkins

BBC Channel Islands News

Perelle Food Hall is closed for the second day running after being flooded.

Strong winds and high tides combined to batter Guernsey's west coast again earlier today.

Sign at Perelle shop saying it's closed
BBC
Sandbags at a Perelle shop
BBC

West Park clear up continues

Robert Hall

BBC News correspondent

The clean up continues this morning at part of the sea wall in St Helier damaged by storms yesterday and again today.

Victoria Avenue, which runs through St Helier, had water and debris over it this morning.

The damaged section is by West Park.

Storm damage in Jersey
BBC
Storm damage in Jersey
BBC

Stormy weather causes telephone disruption

BBC Radio Jersey

JT customers with landlines are experiencing outages across the island as a result of the storms.

The firm said engineers have identified the problem and are working to resume services. It hopes to have all lines back to normal by 11:30.

It is unclear how many lines are affected.

Waves crash over west coast walls again

Isla Blatchford

BBC Radio Guernsey

Thanks to Laura Simpson, who sent this footage in from L'Eree earlier of water coming over the wall at Rocque Poisson.

A section of coast just further along from the L'Eree Bay Hotel to Perelle is currently closed.

Waves crash over a Guernsey sea wall
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Fire team out on house roof

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St Peter's Valley now clear

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Clipper sailing later due to weather

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Condor's clipper vessel - carrying both freight and passengers to the Channel Islands - is due later than originally scheduled today.

The boat arrived later at Portsmouth due to adverse weather and will now be delayed later today, arriving in Guernsey five hours later at 21:00.

It will now sail on to Jersey at 22:00 and then back to Portsmouth at 05:00 tomorrow.

Cobo takes a battering again

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Newspapers make it in

Isla Blatchford

BBC Radio Guernsey

You'll be able to pick up a national newspaper in Guernsey today, after the boat carrying them made it to St Peter Port.

The Channel Chieftain Five arrived later than usual at 09:30 as it battled rough seas.

It didn't make the journey from St Helier yesterday.

Waves crash over wall at St Brelade

Elisa DaSilva

BBC Radio Jersey

Thanks to Justine Rabet for sending these photos in from a stormy St Brelade's Bay in Jersey this morning.

Waves at St Brelade Bay
Justine Rabet
Waves at St Brelade Bay
Justine Rabet

Meanwhile on Guernsey's east coast

BBC Weather Watchers

It's a much quieter scene, where our Weather Watcher Brass took this photo of the sheltered Victoria Marina shortly after the high tide.

St Peter Port quay
BBC

Drivers urged to take 'extra caution' on west coast

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's west coast road is closed between L’eree and Perelle after water and debris spilled on to the road earlier.

Flooding at Vazon yesterday
BBC
Flooding at Vazon yesterday

Traffic and Highway Services are diverting traffic inland and are urging drivers to take "extra caution" on the diversion route.

Elsewhere, there are "large volumes" of standing water in the Vazon area and at Rocquaine by the bottom of Le Coudre, traffic says.

Drivers are being asked to proceed through any areas of standing water at very low speeds in order not to exacerbate localised flooding.