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Weather warning for Yorkshire and Humber


8:24am 3rd January 2012
(Updated 12:45pm 3rd January 2012)

Fierce storms are expected to batter Britain today with winds of up to 85 miles-an-hour and heavy rain expected.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings across nearly every region of the UK.

Yorkshire and the Humber are no exception, the Met office say it's going to be very windy with gales or severe gales over hills and the coast.

A wet start too with rain turning heavy at times before clearing later this morning.

However it should dry out later,  with a few blustery shower, these could be wintry over hills.

Minster FM will have local weather forecasts through out the day.

Road safety charity the IAM is issuing advice for driving in windy weather as severe gales spread across the country.

  • Plan your journey - is there a route with less exposure to the weather and less risk of fallen trees?  Choose a sheltered route if you have the option.
  • Strong winds are not constant, they are usually gusty so ensure you hold the steering wheel firmly.
  • Overtaking high sided vehicles or driving past buildings can result in a sudden gust from the side as you clear.
  • Give cyclists, motorcyclists, lorries and buses more room than usual.  They get blown around by side winds easily.
  • Watch trees and bushes on the roadside - their branches show you how strong the wind is.  Look well ahead, that way you don't need to take your eye off the road and you can see any windy patches before you get to them.
  • Go slow enough to cope with the gusts.  Wind can get under a car and reduce its handling and braking significantly.
  • Keep an eye on what is happening to other vehicles - where they are affected will give you a pre warning.
  • Keep extra distance between you and the car in front.
  • Be careful of debris, try and have space beside you in case you need to dodge it.

IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said:

"I have seen a parked car moved by the wind.  Don't underestimate how powerful it is and how it can affect you whilst in the car."

To help drivers stay safe this winter, the IAM has launched a new website, drivingadvice.org.uk, with traffic updates, weather forecasts and tips on how to drive safely in winter.

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