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Storm warning signs go up on A30 and M5

Storm warning signs go up on A30 and M5

Published by Emma Carton at 8:04am 14th February 2020. (Updated at 8:38am 14th February 2020)

Warning signs have appeared on the A30 and M5 on Friday ahead of Storm Dennis.

Parts of the Duchy and Devon could see gales of up to 70mph and up to 140mm of rain.

A double weather warning for wind and downpours has been issued for most of the weekend.

We are being warned to expect huge waves, further flooding, and two days of travel disruption.

You can track the storm and check exactly what to expect and when here.

What is the advice for driving in strong winds and rain?

The RAC has the following advice for driving in stormy weather.

Driving In Windy Conditions:

  • Plan your journey โ€“ is there a route with less exposure to the weather? Choose a sheltered route if you have the option
  • Drive slowly enough to cope with the gusts โ€“ high winds can get under a car and affect its handling and braking significantly
  • Be prepared when driving in exposed areas, vehicles could be hit by sudden gusts of wind
  • Be very careful when overtaking high-sided vehicles โ€“ driving past large vehicles can result in a sudden gust from the side as you clear
  • Make sure you hold the steering wheel firmly. Strong winds are not constant; theyโ€™re usually gusty and can catch you off guard
  • Give cyclists, motorcyclists, lorries and buses more room than usual. They get blown around easily by side winds. Motorcyclists especially should avoid travelling in high winds as high cross winds can affect the handling of the motorcycle
  • Keep an eye on what is happening to other vehicles. Where they are affected will give you a pre-warning, eg if they appear to be blown off course
  • Keep extra distance between you and the car in front โ€“ consider increasing the two-second rule to three seconds
  • Make sure that you park your car in a safe place โ€“ avoid parking under trees, near buildings etcDriving In Flooded Areas: The following tips should always be followed for driving in flooded conditions:

Driving in Flooded Areas:

  • Do not attempt to drive through water if you are unsure of the depth โ€“ the edge of the kerb is a good indicator
  • If you do go through water, drive on the highest section of the road
  • Drive steadily and slowly so as not to create a bow wave in front of the vehicle and allow oncoming traffic to pass first - make sure you have a clear route ahead so you do not have to stop in standing water
  • Driving at speed may be dangerous to other vehicles or pedestrians and could cause loss of control
  • Drive a safe distance from the vehicle in front
  • Never attempt to drive through fast flowing water โ€“ you could easily get swept away
  • Test your brakes after leaving flood water
  • If your engine cuts out after driving through deep water, do not attempt to restart as engine damage may occur โ€“ instead call for assistance and have the vehicle professionally examined.

You can read more advice on driving in stormy conditions here.

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