Drivers warned over dangerous road conditions as end of Hurricane Orphelia strikes West Country

PUBLISHED: 16:02 16 October 2017

Highways England has urged drivers to be cautious on the roads tonight (Monday).

Highways England has urged drivers to be cautious on the roads tonight (Monday).

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Drivers and motorcyclists need to take extra care this evening (Monday) when heading home due to stormy conditions hitting the South West.

Highways England has issued a warning with the end of Hurricane Orphelia set to create difficult driving conditions on the region’s roads.

Christian Morgan, operations manager for Highways England in South West, said: “We’re encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys.

“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, 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.”

Earlier today, the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for North Somerset.

It will remain in force until midnight as gusts of about 30-50mph are forecast.

Mr Morgan added: “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.”

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