Posted: Tuesday 6th June 2017
The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning of “wind” for the East of England, including Hertfordshire, from 10am this morning until 10pm tonight.
The warning is currently “yellow” which means “be aware”. We have already received several reports of trees and branches that have fallen down across the county.
Strong to gale-force west to north-westerly winds will affect many areas in the East of England today. Gusts of 40 to 50 miles- per- hour are likely and isolated gusts close to 60 miles- per-hour are possible over coasts, hills and inland areas where heavy showers occur. It is expected that there will be some transport disruption and some trees may become uprooted.
However, the impact of these winds is expected to be low in Hertfordshire. If flooding does occur, it is likely to be due to the volumes falling in a very short period, and this is likely to disperse quickly once the rain has stopped.
We will continue to monitor this weather system. Our contractor Ringway will be available to deal with emergencies both in and outside of normal working hours with supervisors and escalation officers on call should the weather situation worsen.
If you see any fallen trees or other highways issues please report them to us at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/highwayfaults
Please see below some safety tips for windy weather
If you’re driving:
- Be ready for stronger winds and gusts on exposed stretches of road or when passing high-sided vehicles.
- Keep your speed down – strong gusts won’t blow you as far off course.
- Take care and leave extra room around cyclists and motorcyclists. They're particularly vulnerable to sudden gusts and may veer across the road.
- Twigs or small branches in the road could mean there’s a tree or large branch in the way around the next bend.
- Partially fallen trees can hang above the sweep of your headlights, making them hard to spot.
- Plan your journey carefully, checking weather and traffic bulletins regularly.