Storm Ciara update and driving advice

Bude still has a yellow weather warning for wind on Sunday resulting from Storm Ciara, but for anyone travelling or visiting other parts of the country, some areas have been alerted to amber warnings.

In amber areas, currently the SE coast from Portsmouth towards Kent, there is a good chance of disruption and damage. The Met Office warns of:

  • Probably some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
  • Longer journey times and cancellations likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected
  • Some roads and bridges likely to close
  • Injuries and danger to life is likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties
  • There is a good chance that power cuts may occur

Do be careful near the coast; it’s probably a good day to avoid cliffs!

As a result of Met Office weather warnings in force this weekendBen Aldous, RAC patrol of the year, said:

“Drivers will need to take extreme care with the strong winds forecast for this weekend, especially on coastal or exposed routes. Combine the strength of the wind with heavy showers, and you have a recipe for some treacherous driving conditions.

“We strongly recommend drivers reduce their speed and leave plenty of space between their vehicle and those around them, and be particularly careful when passing high-sided vehicles when the potential for strong cross-winds could blow them off course. Drivers in rural areas should be particularly cautious of falling debris.”

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