Weather warning to motorists

Heavy rain expected. Drivers urged to check weather forecasts before traveling.

Motorists in the South West are being advised to check weather forecasts and road conditions before travelling this evening (Thursday) as heavy rain is forecast.

A yellow warning for heavy rain has been issued by the Met Office which is expected to hit this afternoon and in the early evening.

There could also be a medium risk of significant flooding particularly during rush hour.

The Highways Agency, which operates and maintains motorways and some major A roads in England, is working closely with the Met Office to monitor weather conditions and maintain safe roads and reliable journeys.

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A spokesperson for the Highways Agency said: “Drivers are advised to plan their journeys before setting out, check the weather and traffic conditions, leave extra time for their journeys if travel conditions are poor, and delay their journey if the weather becomes severe.

“There are times during sudden and torrential downpours when standing water can collect on carriageways and residual water can result in very thick spray. Drivers should slow down in wet conditions and take extra care. Driving too quickly through water can cause aquaplaning and loss of control of your vehicle which can lead to accidents.”

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Highways Agency traffic officers will be monitoring weather and traffic conditions around the clock and will be on hand to respond to incidents.

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