A weather warning has been issued by the Met Office as two named storms are set to come over the UK during from Wednesday towards the weekend.
The named storms are Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice, the first Storm Dudley will mean winds will be around 80mph, for Manchester it will be windy to around 40/45mph gusts overnight and during rush hour on Thursday, on Friday Manchester will be very windy with gusts of wind between 60 to 70 mph with the possibility of snow even at lower levels.
If you are out and about on Wednesday Thursday and Friday you must take action to protect yourself with gusts stronger than 40mph can cause lots of damage, recently a gust of wind at around 40mph brought down several trees in Walton Park.
HGV’s and anything high sided are at risk of being blown over if the winds exceed the expected wind speeds.
National Highways Head of Road Safety, Jeremy Phillips, 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 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. In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow signed diversion routes.”