Warning issued to motorists as winds and more rain predicted

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With winds speeds forecast to reach gale force in parts of the South East today (Monday), and wet and rainy conditions across the country expected to persist until mid-week, the Highways Agency is urging road users to drive with extra care and to be alert for possible traffic disruption.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for gales across much of the South East today, while the Environment Agency has warned that continuing wet weather nationwide has increased the risk of flooding today and tomorrow.

Highways Agency South East severe weather manager Tim Lyver said: “The Highways Agency’s network is running a good service so far despite the bad weather, and we will do everything we can to see that continues. But drivers have a role to play too, and I’d like to encourage everyone making a journey by road today to be alert to the weather conditions and to drive with extra care.

“It takes twice as long to stop when the road is wet, so leave plenty of space between vehicles, and slow down if heavy rain or spray is making it difficult to see the road ahead.

“Be aware for sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, and motorbikes plenty of space.”

Up to date traffic conditions are available on the Highways Agency’s website, and there are regular travel updates on local radio. For weather conditions and forecasts, the Met office’s website is www.metoffice.gov.uk.