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Severe weather warning for south east and south west of England

Strong gales forecast

Jane Meredith

Reporter:

Jane Meredith

Email:

jane.meredith@newburynews.co.uk

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01635 886637

Storm

THE Met Office has issued a severe weather warning affecting south west England and parts of south east England from the early hours of tomorrow (Mon) morning.

The amber (be alert) warning , effective from 3am to 6pm, advises gusts of 60 to 70 mph are likely widely, with 80 mph gusts in exposed coastal areas and through the Bristol Channel.

Winds should gradually ease through the afternoon and evening.

Travel could be disrupted, along with possible damage to trees and structures, along with interruption to power supplies.

Heavy showers are also forecast.

There is some uncertainty as to the northward and eastward extent of damaging winds, as well as the peak strengths.

Highways England has issued an amber alert for motorways and major a roads in these regions, with gusts of 70mph expected.

Drivers are urged to check weather conditions before setting out on journeys and pay particular attention to exposed areas.

Gary Webb of Highways England said:

"We are working closely with the Met Office to monitor weather conditions and would encourage drivers, especially those with high sided vehicles. motorcycles, or considering a trip with a caravan, to consider driving conditions before setting off, as they could be difficult."

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