Thursday, June 7, 2012
Wind and rain lashing East Devon.
Road users in Devon are being advised to check the weather forecast and road conditions before they travel today and tonight as high winds and heavy rain lash the county/
The Met Office has issued an amber alert that strong winds are expected in Devon and Cornwall today and tonight, with gusts up to 45-50mph but also isolated 60mph gusts along southern coasts.
The Highways Agency, which operates and maintains motorways and major A roads in England, is working closely with the Met Office to monitor weather conditions and maintain safe roads and reliable journeys.
Drivers are advised to plan their journeys before they set out, checking the forecast and road conditions, to leave extra time for their journeys if travel conditions are poor, and to delay their journey if the weather becomes severe.
Drivers of high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes are advised to take extra care when travelling due to the increased risk of vehicles being blown over. Areas close to the coast are particularly vulnerable to strong gusts.
Drivers are also reminded that rain and spray can reduce visibility and when the road is wet it can take up to twice as long to stop so it makes sense to slow down when it’s raining. Surface water may affect motorways and major A roads where heavy rainfall occurs.
The Highways Agency offers a number of services to help people make decisions about their journeys. Up-to-date information on road conditions on England’s motorways and trunk roads is available on the Agency website at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or by calling 0300 123 5000. For information on weather conditions, visit the Met Office website www.metoffice.gov.uk or listen to local radio.