MOTORISTS are being urged to drive with care tonight as high winds are expected to batter the south of England.
The Highways Agency has issued an alert advising drivers in southern England and East Anglia to drive with extra care tonight and tomorrow morning. The warning follows the Met Office issuing a yellow warning for high winds, which is in place from midnight until 9am tomorrow.
The forecast warns of winds gusting to around 50-60mph, and perhaps up to 70mph near the coast.
The Highways Agency is advising drivers to check conditions along their route before setting out on a journey, and to drive with extra care.
High-sided vehicles are particularly affected by windy weather but strong gusts can blow any vehicle, cyclist, motorcyclist, or horse rider off course.
Open section of roads or structures like bridges are often the most exposed section of roads and can experience strong crosswinds.
Restrictions and delays are possible on exposed parts of the network such as the Dartford Crossing.
Highways Agency teams will be working throughout the night to monitor conditions and clear any incidents quickly and safely.
Live traffic information is available 24 hours a day on the Highways Agency’s website.