A 38-ft tide and predicted 2-ft storm surge is expected to lead to flooding around the high tide at 7.03 am. If the tide predictions are accurate, it will be the equal-highest tide ever seen in Jersey.
Jersey Met has issued red flood and wind warnings ahead of the storm, which has been named Storm Eleanor by the Irish meteorological service, Met Éireann.
And forecasters believe Wednesday’s conditions could be similar to those of 10 March 2008, when large sections of the St Aubin’s Bay sea wall collapsed, leaving areas of town with severe flooding.
‘My thinking at the moment is that the wind, wave conditions and height of the tide will be similar to the event in March 2008,’ said John Searson, Jersey Met’s principal meteorologist.
ds are expected to reach westerly gale force eight to severe-gale force nine over Jersey and storm-force ten in the Channel.
All fast ferry services have been cancelled.
A joint agency meeting was held on Tuesday and plans have been put in place to deal with disruption.
In a statement, the States police said: ‘This high tide paired with extremely strong winds will almost definitely result in some roads being closed to traffic as a matter of safety. SoJP will be working with our honorary colleagues in order to facilitate this.
‘The main areas of concern are: The Avenue, Five Mile Rd, Havre des Pas, La Mare slip, Rice Bowl slip, Le Hurel slip, Anne Port, St Brelade’s Bay and St Aubin – from St Aubin’s Village to Beaumont and Le Perquage car park and potentially the Gorey Harbour area.
‘It is estimated that roads in these areas may be closed from 6/6.30 am onwards and we hope that roads would re-open around 8.30/9am but this would be dependent on any damage that the storm may cause.
‘It is advisable not to park your car in any car parks along the avenue or in the Beaumont / La Haule coastal car parks or on slipways where parking is usually permitted.
‘It is also not advisable to cycle on the main St Aubin – St Helier cycle path because of debris that may be washed over the sea wall. The cycle path may be closed tomorrow morning.
‘Education have also informed us that because certain schools are due back tomorrow, head teachers are happy for parents to drop children off a little later to avoid any congestion from road closures. The school buses will all be operating as normal.’