Police preparing for intense winter weather over next few days

Police say they are making preparations for extreme winter weather in the coming days that could lead to flooding, particularly in coastal cities.

They will be putting rescue units on high alert and providing updates on road blockages as a result of the weather.

Authorities recommend that between now and Monday, the public not engage in unnecessary travel, and to avoid hikes in areas that could experience floods.

They also warn against entering underground locations during heavy rain and swimming in the sea.

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