Strong winds and rain batter district

PUBLISHED: 07:50 10 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:26 26 October 2009

FIERCE winds and heavy rain have battered Times Territory overnight. Gusts of up to 80mph have lashed the borough and brought down branches in some places. Motorists have been warned to take extra care driving during the morning rush-hour period due to th

FIERCE winds and heavy rain have battered Times Territory overnight.

Gusts of up to 80mph have lashed the borough and brought down branches in some places.

Motorists have been warned to take extra care driving during the morning rush-hour period due to the stormy weather.

Drivers are being told by Hertfordshire Highways to allow for potentially dangerous conditions and leave more time than usual for their journey to work.

Hazards caused by the conditions, possibly the winter's worst storm, 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."

More bad weather is forecasted for later today (Monday).


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