RESIDENTS in Staffordshire are being urged to take extra care on the roads this weekend as the country braces itself for severe storms.
Wet and windy conditions are predicted for Saturday, with an “active storm” developing over the Atlantic due to hit the UK late Sunday.
Gusts of around 70mph are expected and the Met Office says although Staffordshire should escape the worst of the storm there is an increasing likelihood of severe weather hitting the West Midlands.
Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support Member for Transport and the Connect County, said: “Although Staffordshire looks like it will escape the brunt of the storm, we all know it is difficult to predict precisely how a storm may unfold.
“Gusts of 70mph are enough to topple trees and bring down power cables and it makes sense to keep an eye on the weather forecasts and plan your journey if you are heading out on our roads on Sunday or early Monday in particular.
“Our highways crews are always well prepared for whatever the weather delivers, but I would urge people to take extra care, make sure their vehicles are fit for the journey and only travel if they have to if the bad weather does affect the county.”
See our earlier report on the storm