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Brace yourselves - forecasters say ex-hurricane Bertha could hit Norfolk by Sunday

PUBLISHED: 12:31 07 August 2014 | UPDATED: 12:31 07 August 2014

Ex-hurricane Bertha could come to Norfolk on Sunday. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Ex-hurricane Bertha could come to Norfolk on Sunday. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

Organisers of the Norfolk Scout Jamboree Norjam are reminding everyone to remember their motto of Be Prepared, as ex-hurricane Bertha heads across the Atlantic - possibly towards this region.

The former hurricane, which has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, is expected to pass close to the coast of Newfoundland tomorrow and experts predict it may be sitting over the southern half of the UK by Sunday.

Dan Holley, forecaster for Norwich-based Weatherquest, said: “It brings with it the risk of some heavy rain and some strengthening wind, but as far as the detail goes, that is to be ironed out over the next day or so. There is still a lot of uncertainty.”

He said the ex-hurricane could drift towards the UK or northern France and was weakening as it travelled across the Atlantic.

The 4,000 young people and 1,000 adults headed to Norjam this weekend are keeping their fingers crossed for fine weather.

They are striking camp at the Norfolk Showground in Costessey, when the weather is expected to be breezy with possible showers.

But Peter Phillips, assistant leader with the Eaton 34th Scouts, said: “The weather would have to be seriously bad to cause any disruption. Let’s just say we are watching the weather forecast with interest and a degree of apprehension. But we are keeping our fingers crossed and staying positive. The old Scout motto of Be Prepared is the key.”

Are you holding an outdoor event this weekend? Have you got a contingency plan in case Bertha reaches our region?

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