Weather warning to road users

PUBLISHED: 17:49 10 February 2014 | UPDATED: 17:49 10 February 2014

Strong winds and heavy rain forecast.

The Highways Agency is advising road users in the South West to be cautious as strong winds and heavy rain are forecast from noon on Wednesday until midnight.

Heavy rain will move across the South West on Wednesday afternoon and night which could result in accumulated rainfall of 20mm.

Met Office forecasters based in the agency’s National Traffic Operations Centre in Birmingham have also issued an amber alert for the South West for very strong winds across the region with gusts up to 80mph on exposed roads near the coast.

The Highways Agency is urging motorists driving high-sided vehicles, riding motorcycles or towing caravans to check traffic and weather conditions before setting out on journeys and to heed any advice such as speed restrictions once they are on other parts of the strategic road network.

It also says the public should be aware of the risk of disruption from strong winds, which may cause some damage, with disruption due to fallen trees and debris.

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