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Safety tips, as storm expected from Hurricane Gonzalo tail

Driving during heavy rain and high winds — Please take extra care during this period of bad weatherThe Met Office has issued a weather warning for Monday 20th Oct and Tuesday 21st Oct as the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo hits the UK.

The forecast is heavy rain and wind, with the strongest winds expected to occur after the rain clears. We could see gusts of wind up to 70 mph.

Cleck here for UK weather forecast — Met Office website

Click here to get live traffic updates from the Highways Agency

Safety tips during the storm

Please take extra care during this period of bad weather.

Safety tips for driving during high winds

We advise drivers to slow down and be aware of side winds and be particularly conscious of the dangers posed by debris that may have blown into the roadway.

Drivers should be extra careful when driving on exposed routes such as bridges or high open roads and are encouraged to find alternative routes where possible. High wind may cause difficult driving conditions, especially to high-sided vehicles negotiating the Thelwall Viaduct on the M6 or Barton Bridge on the M60.
Drivers of high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes are advised to take extra care when travelling due to the increased risk of vehicles being blown over.

Safety tips for driving during heavy rainfall

Use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced, generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres (328 feet). You may also use front or rear fog lights but you MUST switch them off when visibility improves.

Give yourself the best chance of being able to see clearly in wet weather by renewing windscreen wipers if worn or damaged.

Double the distance you leave between your car and the car in front of you, as stopping distances are increased by wet roads.

If steering becomes unresponsive due to the rain, ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually.

Safety tips for residents during heavy rainfall and floods

Keep an eye on weather reports on local television or radio news channels. Do not travel in heavy rain storms unless absolutely necessary.

If your home becomes flooded, make sure all electrical circuits are fully dried out and checked by an electrical engineer before switching back on.

Do not attempt to walk through flooded areas. Even shallow water moving fast can sweep you off your feet and there may be hidden dangers such as open drains, damaged road surfaces, submerged debris or deep channels.

Remember that the during a storm the emergency services will be very busy, only call for immediate assistance if there is a risk to life or serious property or environmental damage.

Useful Links

Met Office — weather warnings

Health Protection Agency website

Safety information for motorists

During very wet weather please remain vigilant and check the local flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency.

Environment Agency flood warnings

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