Severe weather warning issued in the South West and South East of England
Written by karen on February 8, 2016
Advice For Drivers.
Drivers in the South East and South West of England are being warned to be prepared for strong gales 3am to 6pm on Monday 8 February as Storm Imogen will bring some very strong winds across southern parts as it moves eastwards across the UK .
Highways England has issued an amber weather alert for motorways and major A roads in these regions, with gusts expected to reach 70mph.
Drivers across the region are being urged to check the weather and driving conditions before setting out on journeys and pay particular attention to exposed locations such as coastal and high lying areas and bridges which could be affected by the high winds.
Gary Webb from Highways England said:
“We are working closely with the Met Office to monitor weather conditions and would encourage drivers, especially those driving high sided vehicles, motorcycles or considering a trip with a caravan, to consider driving conditions before setting off as they could be difficult.
“If you do have to make a journey by road be prepared, plan your journey in advance and check the latest weather conditions along your route.
“Be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, and motorbikes plenty of space. In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow signed diversion routes.”
Road users are being advised to follow messages on the overhead signs and listen to radio updates.