Driver warning as Storm Aileen is predicted to hit North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 13:02 12 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:17 12 September 2017

Motorists urged to take care in heavy rain and strong winds.

Motorists urged to take care in heavy rain and strong winds.

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Drivers are being warned to take extra care on the M5 between Clevedon and Burnham-on-Sea as strong winds and heavy rain hit North Somerset tonight (Tuesday).

Highways England has issued an amber alert as the country braces for Storm Aileen tonight and tomorrow morning.

Drivers of lorries, caravans and motorbike are being urged to avoid the M5 between junction 20-23.

Strong winds and heavy rain are expected to start at 9pm and increase during the evening with gusts of 60mph expected over exposed roads.

Richard Leonard, head of road user safety at Highways England, said: “We’re encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys, with strong winds and heavy rain expected from Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning.

“In high winds, there’s a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we’d advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down and avoid using exposed sections of road if possible.”

Drivers are advised to slow down if rain is making it difficult to see, to leave extra space between vehicles and ease of the accelerator and slow down gradually if steering becomes unpresonsive.

The winds are expected to decrease during the peak travel time at around 9am tomorrow (Wednesday).

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