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Drivers urged to drive carefully in rain this weekend

Driving in rain Copyright: Phil Denton

Posted on: 25 October 2019

Devon County Council is asking road users to travel with care this weekend, as strong winds and heavy rain are forecast in some places.

Rain is expected during Friday and Saturday and this could be heavy at times, especially over high ground.

Many places within the warning area will see 10-20 mm of rain. However, some places like the southern slopes of Dartmoor may see in excess of 60mm fall in 24hours.

Strong winds are expected and particularly on high ground such as Dartmoor. There is also the potential for shorter lived, more intense spells of rain almost anywhere.

This could make weekend driving conditions hazardous in some places the council is warning. Devon County Council have extra stand-by resources available through their contractor Skanska if needed.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, the Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for highways, said:
“Wind could make driving difficult for high-sided vehicles and caravans, and trees may also feel the impact. Gusts will bring down tree debris, and possibly even branches.
“Rain will be heavy at times and could cause localised surface flooding on roads.
“We’re asking people to remember not to attempt to drive through roads that have been temporarily closed, or floodwater, and to be aware of the likelihood of debris on the highway.
“Motorists should drive with caution and remember in wet conditions stopping distances will increase.
“Plan your journey this weekend and allow extra time.
“We’ll be closely monitoring the highway around the clock throughout the weekend.”
For more information and to stay up to date on any issues on Devon’s roads, follow @DevonAlert on Twitter.

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