Warning for residents and motorists to prepare for severe weather
Motorists and residents in the south have been warned to prepare for severe gale force winds and rain on Sunday night (October 27) through to Monday morning.
The Highways Agency has asked drivers to plan for travel disruption because the Met Office has issued a severe weather alert across the south, as well as the south west and east.
Gale force winds with speeds of between 60mph and 80mph are expected along the coast. Up to 40mm of rain is forecast which is likely to cause localised flooding and disrupt rush hour travel on roads, rail and ferry crossings.
Highways Agency Crisis Management Coordinator Martin Hobbs said: “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.”
Hampshire County Council suggested an increased likelihood of falling trees and flooding. Accredited Community Safety Officers will be on hand to provide extra man-power for residents if required.
Residents have been advised to plan for disruption and secure loose outdoor items such as garden furniture or ladders and securely fasten doors, windows, loft trapdoors and storm shutters.
Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “If the forecast is accurate, Hampshire is in for some extreme wet and windy conditions. Our highways teams are ready with additional support from extra tree crews, gully tankers and emergency response teams on stand-by to help keep Hampshire moving, by dealing with fallen branches or trees and flooded roads.
“Do not attempt to use fords and be extra careful driving through any road surface water because it may be difficult to judge its depth. Be patient and considerate to other road users.
“Spare a thought too for cyclists and any pedestrians walking along the road side, so that they are not showered by puddle water thrown up from the road by moving vehicles.”