Highways England is advising drivers and cyclists to take care and be prepared as Storm Dennis brings very strong winds and heavy rain across large parts of the England this weekend – including the Isle of Wight.
Gusts of 40-50mph will be widespread across the road network – with some exposed coastal areas of the Isle of Wight expected to be hit by 60-70mph gusts. Heavy and prolonged rainfall is also very likely.
A Met Office Yellow Warning for strong wind comes into force at 10am today (Saturday), while a heavy rain warning is in place from 12pm tomorrow.
Motorists, particularly those driving high-sided HGVs, caravans and motorcycles, are advised to check the weather and driving conditions before setting out on journeys and pay particular attention to exposed locations such as coastal and high lying areas which could be affected by the high winds.
Highways England’s Head of Road Safety, Richard Leonard, said:
“We’re encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys and consider if their journey is necessary and can be delayed until conditions improve. If you do intend to travel, then plan your journey and take extra care, allowing more time for your journey.
“In heavy rain, drivers should keep well back from the vehicle in front, gradually ease off the accelerator if the steering becomes unresponsive, and slow down if the rain and spray from vehicles makes it difficult to see and be seen.
“In high winds, there’s a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we’d advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down.
“Drivers of other vehicles should be aware of sudden gusts of wind which can affect handling and braking, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, and motorbikes plenty of space. Be alert for warnings of closures and follow signed diversion routes.”