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Storm Isha sees National Highways Agency issue severe weather warning for motorists

Posted on - 20th January, 2024 - 8:13am | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Preston News, Preston weather, Ribble Valley News, Roads, South Ribble News, Transport, Wyre News
Storm clouds over Preston Pic: Stephen Melling
Storm clouds over Preston Pic: Stephen Melling

Motorists are being urged to avoid travelling during Sunday (21 January) evening and the early hours of Monday (22 January) as Storm Isha blows in.

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The National Highways Agency North West has issued a severe weather warning which covers all major motorways in and around Preston – the M6, M61, M65 and M55.

Wind speeds are expected to regularly reach between 50-60mph and up to 70mph.

Read more: Amber weather warning set for Preston with Storm Isha to bring disruption

High-sided vehicles such as lorries along with what highways chiefs say are ‘vulnerable vehicles’ such as caravans and motorbikes are being urged to delay travel.

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The weather warning, set at the amber level, is in force from 6pm on Sunday through to 9am on Monday.

Winds are expected to turn westerly during mid-morning on Monday and ease off.

Dan Suri, chief meteorologist for the Met Office, said: “Storm Isha will bring strong winds to the whole of the UK through Sunday and into Monday. The areas of particular concern are reflected by a large Amber severe weather warning which covers Northern Ireland, central and southern Scotland, Wales, much of northern England as well as southwestern parts of England.”

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