Drivers warned to expect high winds

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DRIVERS in southern England are being advised to drive with extra care tonight and tomorrow morning after the Met Office warned of expected high winds.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for high winds, which is in place from 12.10am 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.