Merseyside motorists warned as strong winds from Storm Hector could blow vehicles over

Road users on Merseyside are being advised to check the weather forecast and road conditions before they travel on Thursday morning as strong winds are forecast.

Storm Hector is expected to bring 50-60 mph winds to the region as an area of low pressure smashes into the country.

A yellow severe weather warning for wind has been issue for MErseyside from 3am-3pm on Thursday.

The Met Office has warned the region to expect coastal flooding from large waves, power cuts, damage to buildings and disruption to mobile phone services as Hector smashes into the country.

READ MORE: When will Storm Hector hit Merseyside and what will happen ?

Highways England has issued a Severe Weather Alert for users of high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes who are advised to take extra care when travelling due to the increased risk of these vehicles being blown over.

Drivers are advised to plan for their journey before they set out, checking the forecast and road conditions and to leave extra time if travel conditions are poor, and to delay their journey if the weather becomes severe.

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Will Lang, Met Office Chief Meteorologist, said: “Storm Hector will deepen further tonight, allowing winds to strengthen during the early hours of Thursday morning.

“The strongest winds are expected to coincide with rush hour in Northern Ireland and later in the morning for southern and central Scotland.

“National Severe Weather Warnings have been issued as there is the potential for travel disruption, damage to buildings and power cuts.

“The public can prepare for the adverse weather this evening by securing loose objects such as garden furniture, outdoor toys and other loose objects. As it is summer and trees are in leaf, there is a greater risk of impact from debris.”

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