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Weekend amber and yellow severe weather warnings

Amber and yellow warnings for wind and rain are still in place for today and tomorrow (Saturday).

Latest forecast 07 Feb

Keep up to date with the latest forecast.

The stormy conditions will also continue to bring the additional risk of large and potentially hazardous waves in coastal areas.

Will Stephens, RNLI, Coastal Safety Staff Officer, said: "With more stormy weather forecast, we're asking people to take extra care if they're going down to the coast. Rough seas and extreme weather might look exciting, but getting too close can be risky. So respect the water and, in particular, avoid exposed places where big waves could sweep you off your feet."

John Curtin, Head of Incident Management at the Environment Agency, said: "With further river and coastal flooding expected we have teams working around the clock to protect homes and communities, and over 122,600 properties have been protected over the past three days.

"We urge people to stay safe and not to walk or drive through flood water which can be dangerous.

"In the face of this severe weather we would also remind people that they can sign up to receive free flood warnings, check their flood risk and keep up to date with the latest situation on the Environment Agency website and on social media using #floodaware."

Further information on flooding and advice staying safe near the coast.

Advice from the Highways Agency on driving in severe weather

Dri­ving in rain and floods

  • When the road is wet it can take twice as long to stop. Slow down and main­tain a safe dis­tance from the vehi­cle in front.
  • If your vehi­cle loses grip, or "aqua­planes", on sur­face water take your foot off the accel­er­a­tor to slow down. Do not brake or steer sud­denly because you have less con­trol of the steer­ing and brakes.
  • Try to avoid dri­ving through sur­face water as you might flood your engine.
  • If you have to drive through floods, drive slowly, use a low gear and try to keep the engine revving at a high rate. Move for­ward con­tin­u­ously to avoid stalling the engine. When dri­ving an auto­matic vehi­cle, engage and hold in a low gear.
  • Test your brakes after dri­ving through water; they may be ineffective.

Dri­ving in windy weather

  • Take extra care on the roads and plan your jour­ney by check­ing the lat­est weather conditions.
  • Though high-sided vehi­cles are par­tic­u­larly affected by windy weather, strong winds can also blow other vehi­cles off course. This can hap­pen on open stretches of road exposed to strong cross­winds, or when pass­ing bridges, high-sided vehi­cles or gaps in trees.

Throughout this unsettled spell Met Office forecasters and advisors are working round the clock with our partners to keep everyone up to date with the latest forecast information so they can plan and prepare for the expected weather.

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