With strong winds of up to 70mph and heavy rain predicted to affect the South of England tonight (January 14) and into the early hours of tomorrow morning, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to take care when out-and-about.
It gave the following advice to East Sussex residents.
- Slow down and keep your distance from the vehicles in front of you
- Don’t attempt to drive through floodwater - you don’t know how deep it is or whether there are hidden obstacles
- Make sure your lights and windscreen wipers are fully working before setting out
- Check your route before you set off by going to the Highways Agency website at http://www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information/
- Stay alert to the danger of fallen trees - it is possible trees may come down after the rain has softened the ground - branches and leaves can also make the roads more treacherous
- Don’t forget that high-sided vehicles are particularly affected by windy weather, and that strong gusts can blow a vehicle, cyclist or motorcyclist off course - this can happen on open stretches of road exposed to strong crosswinds, or when passing bridges, high-sided vehicles of gaps in hedges, trees and fences.
Rivers and beaches
The fire service also gave advice on rivers and beaches:
- Don’t risk your safety by going near flooded rivers - the water may be moving much faster than you think
- Stay away from waves on the seafront - you can easily get knocked off your feet
- If you have dogs, keep them on a lead if you go near rivers or the sea so they stay safe as well
- Don’t walk through flood water - you don’t know what’s under the water line
More weather-related advice and useful contacts can be found at www.esfrs.org/communitySafety/advice/flooding.shtml