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Drivers warned to take care as storm Ciara hits Surrey and Hampshire

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Drivers warned to take care as storm Ciara hits Surrey and Hampshire

Published at 6:00am 8th February 2020.

Highways England is advising drivers to take care and be prepared for strong gales on Sunday (9 February).

The weather has the potential to disrupt journeys in Surrey and Hampshire. 

The Met Office has issued an amber warning here between 9am and 9pm on Sunday.

Road users, particularly drivers of high-sided HGVS, caravans and motorcycles, are advised to check the weather and driving conditions before setting out on journeys.

Gusts of 50 to 60mph are likely across many inland areas and around 70 mph in coastal areas.

The winds will be accompanied by heavy rain which could impact on travel.

Highways England’s Head of Road Safety, Richard Leonard said they're asking people to consider whether their journey is necessary: 

“We’re encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys.

"If you do intend to travel, then plan your journey and take extra care, allowing more time for your journey.

“In high winds, there’s a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we’d advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down.

“Drivers of other vehicles should be aware of sudden gusts of wind which can affect handling and braking, 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.”

"Curtains on empty high-sided vehicles can act as sails when closed, and when high winds arise, we advise HGV drivers to open their curtain-sided vehicles if they are empty."