Motorists across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are being urged to take plenty of time for their journeys this evening and lots of care when driving home with road conditions becoming treacherous in the high winds and rain.
Several trees have blown over causing significant road disruption this afternoon, most notably a 30ft tree onto the A27 Western Road in Porstmouth, which will remain closed for about the next five hours while13 more trees – precariously leaning into the carriageway – are removed by tree surgeons.
Officers from the constabulary’s Roads Police Unit will be on patrol thoughout this evening, to assist in keeping the roads moving and drivers safe.
Superintendent Chris Brown, head of the RPU for Hampshire and the Thames Valley, said:
“There are some really difficult driving conditions this evening and I would ask all drivers to take extra care as they drive home from work, and keep other journeys to an absolute necessary minimum. These conditions are going to continue for the next few days.”
When you are driving please heed the following advice:
- Take extra time for your journey
- Slow down – braking distances are longer in wet weather and road surfaces are more treacherous
- Leave more room between you and the vehicle in front of you
- Use dipped headlights at all times in these conditions
- Watch out for spray and standing water
- Don’t ignore road closures – the flooding on many of our roads is now very deep and it easy to become stranded
“Unfortunately, we have are having to issue this advice fairly regularly at the moment but it’s a message that bears repeating as these extreme weather conditions continue. Please keep safe on our roads.”