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Storm Brian warning issued for Preston and Lancashire

Posted on - 20th October, 2017 - 9:34pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Preston weather
Storm Brian moving in from the Atlantic
Storm Brian moving in from the Atlantic

Storm Brian is set to lash Preston and Lancashire during Saturday.

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Following in the wake of ex-Hurricane Ophelia the strong winds warning has been put out by the Met Office.

From early on Saturday (21 October) morning the wind speeds are expected to reach up to 55mph.

The chief forecaster states: “A spell of strong winds is expected. Western and southern coastal transport routes and communities are likely to be affected by large waves and spray, with potential for flooding of properties.

“Some transport disruption is likely across the whole warning area, with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport. Short term loss of power and other services is also possible, as well as damage to trees.”

Read more: Part of Preston roof blown into Preston street

RAC spokesman Pete Williams said: “Drivers encountering high winds are advised to reduce their speed, ensure they hold the steering wheel firmly and be prepared for sudden gusts, debris and even fallen branches in the road. Allow plenty of room between your vehicle and the next and take extra care when overtaking cyclists, motorcyclists and lorries as they are susceptible to being blown around easily by side winds. Be extra cautious when driving on exposed roads, high ground and across bridges where again sudden gusts can blow you off course.

“When you reach your destination consider parking safely avoiding trees, overhanging telephone wires and things which could represent a falling danger.”

The warning is in force from 4am on Saturday until Saturday late evening.

Sunday (22 October) sees light showers throughout the day, with heavier rain during the morning.

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