‘Drive with care’ warning as wet and windy weather moves in across East Devon

Road users are being urged to travel with care, as strong winds and heavy rain sweep in across East Devon.

Thundery showers are expected both today (August 9) and tomorrow (August 10). Devon County Council says wind gusts could reach speeds of 50 to 60 mph and make driving conditions hazardous.

The Met Office has issued weather warnings for the South West and conditions are not expected to ease until Sunday.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, the Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for highways, said: “The weather is already having an impact on plans, as we’re seeing organised events cancelled or postponed across the region due to the unseasonal forecast.

“Strong winds are likely to make driving difficult for high-sided vehicles and caravans, and trees are also likely to feel the impact.

“Gusts will bring down tree debris, and could bring down branches and indeed any trees that may already be in a weakened state.

“Rain as well, heavy at times on Friday, could cause localised surface flooding on roads.”

Councillor Hughes added: “We’re asking people to remember not to attempt to drive through roads that have been temporarily closed, or floodwater, and to be aware of the likelihood of debris on the highway.

“Motorists should drive with caution and remember in wet conditions stopping distances will increase.

“Plan your journey this weekend and allow extra time.

“Our contractors are on standby with extra resources to cope with the conditions. We’ll be closely monitoring the highway around the clock throughout the weekend.”

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