Devon Council asks for extra care on the roads this weekend

Devon County Council is asking road users to travel with care this weekend, as strong winds and heavy rain are forecast.

Rain on Thursday night, leading to thundery showers in places on Friday and Saturday coupled with gusts reaching 50-60 mph could make weekend driving conditions hazardous, the council is warning.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes

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 Friday, could cause localised surface flooding on roads.

“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.”

For more information and to stay up to date on any issues on Devon’s roads, follow @DevonAlert on Twitter.

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