RESIDENTS in Staffordshire are being urged to take extra care and allow more time for their journeys as heavy rain sweeps through the region this morning.
The South West has seen winds of more than 80 mph – but so far the West Midlands has escaped the worst of the conditions brought in from the Atlantic by Storm St Jude.
In Staffordshire, one tree has been brought down in Penn in South Staffordshire and parts of Uttoxeter and the Staffordshire Moorlands have seen an inch of rain – but all roads currently remain open.
Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support Member for Transport and Connected County, said: “Although Staffordshire looks like it has escaped the brunt of the storm, it is an ever changing picture and we expect more heavy rain and the possibility of stronger winds as we move through the morning.
“It is half-term for most Staffordshire schools, so traffic should be lighter, but it makes sense to keep an eye on the weather forecasts and plan your journey if you are heading out on our roads this morning.
“Our highways crews are well prepared for whatever the weather delivers today and have been on standby over the weekend, but I would urge people to take extra care and make sure their vehicles are fit for the journey before they set out this morning.”