Stormy weather to lash borough

PUBLISHED: 10:17 09 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:08 26 October 2009

STRONG winds and heavy rain are on their way – with motorists being warned to take extra care. Stormy weather is forecast for the county tomorrow (Monday), with the morning rush-hour expected to be particularly affected. But Hertfordshire Highways is on a

STRONG winds and heavy rain are on their way - with motorists being warned to take extra care.

Stormy weather is forecast for the county tomorrow (Monday), with the morning rush-hour expected to be particularly affected.

But Hertfordshire Highways is on alert, including doubling the number of people working in its emergency response crews.

Drivers are being warned to allow for potentially dangerous conditions and leave more time than usual for their journey.

Possible hazards caused by the predicted heavy wind and rain could include:

* Trees and branches and debris blown onto the highway

* Localised flooding

* Increased side winds on exposed bridges

County councillor Stuart Pile, executive member for highways, transport and rural affairs, said: "Drivers can reduce the risk to themselves and other motorists by taking additional care, allowing more time to get to work, following any diversion routes that may become necessary and generally driving in line with the road and weather conditions.

"Extreme weather could make Monday morning seem bleak, but with the right care and attention taken by our Highways team and motorists themselves, we hope to ensure the safety of drivers despite the difficult conditions.


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