Safety advice issued by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service in advance of severe weather

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East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is on standby in preparation for the severe weather warning issued by the Met Office.

Emergency planning meetings have been held to monitor the situation and the fire service also issued safety advice to the public.

The Met Office has issued an amber alert for strong winds on Monday October 28.

It said a very intense low pressure system was forecast to run northeastwards across the country early on Monday, bringing the potential for an exceptionally windy spell of weather for southern parts of the UK.

At the same time, persistent, heavy rain could cause some surface water flooding.

The Met Office said there was some continuing uncertainty in the timing, intensity and track of the low.

However, the public should be prepared for the risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures, bringing disruption to transport and power supplies.

The fire service will direct any safety enquires to the Met Office and the Highways Agency website, where members of the public and businesses can get the latest information.

A spokesperson for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “All service personnel have been kept fully informed of the situation and advised on necessary actions.

“We will be working closely with the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and other agencies to ensure the on going safety of the community.”

The fire service said residents were advised to take the following action in the severe weather:

Tether any items securely, or stow away in a secure location, before the weather hits and do not attempt to do this in gale force wind: especially trampolines and garden furniture.

Please avoid using country roads where trees have the potential to fall across the road.

In poor weather motorists should slow down, drive safely and leave adequate time for their journey.

When the road’s wet, it can take twice as long to stop. So it makes sense to slow down and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

Ensure that your vehicle is fully serviced and that tyres maintain a deep tread and are correctly inflated.

If your vehicle loses its grip, or “aquaplanes” on surface water take your foot off the accelerator to slow down. Don’t brake or steer suddenly because you have no control of the steering or brakes.

Take extra care on the roads and plan your journeys in the windy weather by checking the latest conditions.

High-sided vehicles are particularly affected by windy weather but strong gusts can also blow a vehicle, cyclist, motorcyclist, or horse rider off course. This can happen on open stretches of road exposed to strong crosswinds, or when passing bridges, high-sided vehicles or gaps in trees.

Try to avoid driving through surface water as you might flood your engine. The deepest water is usually nearest the kerb.

If you have to drive through floods, drive slowly, use a low gear and try to keep the engine revving at a high rate. Move forward continuously to avoid stalling the engine. In driving an automatic vehicle engage and hold in a low gear.