I'm A Celeb: Bosses 'making emergency plans for stormy weather'

I’m A Celebrity 2020: Bosses ‘are making emergency plans to stop stormy weather from throwing show into chaos after 50mph winds batter Gwrych Castle’

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! bosses are reportedly making emergency plans to stop stormy weather from throwing the show into chaos.

Producers had already prepared for bad conditions in Wales but, according to The Sun, the crew have found the weather ‘far worse than expected’.

Gwrych Castle, where the celebrities are staying, is already said to have been battered with 50mph winds and heavy rain, with more forecast later this week.

Harsh: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! bosses are reportedly making emergency plans to stop stormy weather from throwing the show into chaos

The publication reports that a temporary canopy was set up over the main site but proved to be inadequate when filming began.

Further back up plans are now being quickly drawn up which are said to include a separate place to relocate the celebrities if the weather becomes too harsh. 

A source said: ‘We knew it could be wet, but hadn’t really planned for anything like this. The crew don’t even want to leave their cabins. It’s completely bleak and we’re having to step up our contingency plans.

‘Now, if things start to become too much to cope with, there is a place off camera where they can temporarily move the celebrities if filming just becomes impossible.

Storms: Producers had already prepared for bad conditions in Wales but, according to The Sun, the crew have found the weather ‘far worse than expected’

‘It’s already clear the canopy over the camp is going to struggle to keep the elements out, and a lot of the trials and other parts of the show are due to be shot outside anyway so the campmates are going to get completely soaked.’

The source added the celebrities have been given waterproof clothing and if needed, they will be temporarily taken off camp to dry off. 

MailOnline has contacted representatives for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!  for comment. 

It comes after a report that bosses had to spend a weekend in early October drying out Gwrych Castle after it became flooded with rain.

A source told The Sun: ‘The crew are working around the clock as it is. But because of the dreadful weather they spent much of the weekend trying to remove standing water from areas of the building. 

Harsh: Gwrych Castle, where the celebrities are staying, is already said to have been battered with 50mph winds and heavy rain, with more forecast later this week

‘They’re now trying to work out a way to make sure that, if there’s bad weather when the show airs in November, it doesn’t affect filming.

The source added that the torrential rainfall has turned into a ‘headache’ for the crew trying to get the castle ready in time for the celebrities to move in. 

This year’s I’m A Celebrity is the first series to ever take place in the UK as the show was unable to go to Australia amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly were quick to reference the show’s new home by greeting fans in Welsh, and joked that even ‘the helicopters were socially-distanced’ in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Back up: Further back up plans are now being quickly drawn up which are said to include a separate place to relocate the celebrities if the weather becomes too harsh

The opening show saw celebrities including Vernon Kay, Beverley Callard and Mo Farah face a gruelling challenge as they journeyed into the castle, before taking on their first ever trial Gates From Hell.

The contestants will sleep on rusty old beds, covered by a newly installed plastic roof, with only the campfire located inside the adjoining living quarters providing any heat.

ITV announced an extreme COVID Management Plan to ensure the series runs smoothly, including the celebrities being tested every three days and crew members wearing proximity buzzers, wear masks and get temperature checks on arrival.

The celebrities had been isolating for two weeks ahead of their arrival.

A source said: ‘We knew it could be wet, but hadn’t really planned for anything like this. The crew don’t even want to leave their cabins’

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