Warning issued ahead of severe storm

PUBLISHED: 17:34 25 October 2013 | UPDATED: 09:19 28 October 2013

Stormy weather is expected on Monday. Credit: Sergey Borisov

Stormy weather is expected on Monday. Credit: Sergey Borisov

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Drivers are being urged to “think carefully” before heading out on Sunday and Monday, as the country braces for a severe storm.

The Highways Agency wants Herts residents to prepare for travel disruption on Sunday night into Monday.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather alert, forecasting gale or severe gale force winds with gust speeds of 60mph widely expected.

Highways Agency crisis management coordinator Martin Hobbs said: “We are working closely with the Met Office to monitor conditions ahead of the weather being forecast over the weekend.

“Drivers, especially those considering a trip with a caravan this weekend, are encouraged to think carefully before setting off as driving conditions are expected to be difficult on Sunday evening and Monday.

“If you do have to make a journey by road be prepared, plan your journey in advance and check the latest weather and traffic conditions along your route.

“Be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space. In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close certain bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow signposted diversion routes.”

Live traffic information updates are available on the Highways Agency website at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic and the latest weather forecasts can be found at www.metoffice.gov.uk.


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