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Weather alert!

Thursday, November 22, 2012
9.54 AM

Highways Agency advice - be prepared for sudden gusts of wind.

With gale force winds and more heavy rain forecast for today, road users are being advised to check the weather forecast and road conditions before travelling.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather alert for the South West between 6am and 6pm and winds in excess of 60mph are possible, particularly on exposed parts of the network.

Up to 60mm of rainfall is also predicted and the Environment Agency have warned this could lead to the possibility of further flooding.

The Highways Agency’s South West operations manager, Gary Parsons, said “We are doing everything we can to ensure our roads are affected as little as possible by the adverse weather but we would urge road users to play their part by checking weather forecasts and traffic conditions before they set out and drive with extra care.

“It takes twice as long to stop when the road is wet, so leave plenty of space between vehicles, and slow down if heavy rain or spray is making it difficult to see the road ahead.

“High winds can affect any section of road, especially exposed roads and high bridges like the Severn Crossings, Avonmouth Bridge and the A30 and A38 around Bodmin. Be alert for sudden gusts of wind and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, and motorbikes plenty of space.”

The Highways Agency, which operates and maintains motorways and some major A roads in England, is working closely with the Met Office to monitor weather conditions and maintain safe roads and reliable journeys.

Highways Agency traffic officers across the region are monitoring weather and traffic conditions around the clock and will be on hand to quickly respond to incidents, while colleagues in the regional control centre will be monitoring CCTV cameras, answering emergency telephone calls and setting advisory signs for drivers to warn of spray and other road conditions.