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County issues weather warning as Met Office predicts downpours

County issues weather warning as Met Office predicts downpours County issues weather warning as Met Office predicts downpours
A weather warning has been issued by the county council. Picture courtesy of Pink Sherbet Photography
Updated: 5:27 pm, Nov 12, 2015

THE Met Office has issued a warning for heavy showers this evening (Thursday, November 12) and a short period of heavy rain and strong gusty winds at first tomorrow morning (Friday, November 13) which may result in some localised flooding on roads and difficult driving conditions for a short time, say county chiefs.

In response to these warnings, Worcestershire Highways have put additional measures in place to keep the roads safe, including six gangs and two gulley emptiers being put on standby, and tree contractors available.

Due to conditions, motorists are being encouraged to take extra care when driving. Poor visibility means that headlights must be used, and drivers should allow a larger gap between vehicles to allow for the increased stopping distance.

Drivers are advised to pass slowly and carefully through large puddles and areas of standing water. If motorists come across a road that has been flooded, they must not attempt to drive through the water.

Cllr John Smith OBE, Worcestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “As always when there is heavy rain forecast by the MET office, we are putting special measures in place, but to keep our roads as safe as possible, we urge road users to drive carefully and not take any unnecessary risks.”

For updates about the weather please visit the MET Office website at www.metoffice.gov.uk.

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