POLICE are preparing to step in and help deal with effects of the storm expected to hit the county in the next few hours.
Residents have been advised to only make necessary journeys after forecasters predicted the worst storms in years, with winds of up to 80 miles an hour set to arrive in the early hours of tomorrow morning (Monday).
A considerable amount of rain which could cause some surface water flooding is also expected, with a Met Office amber weather warning currently in place.
Chief superintendent Amanda Blakeman said: “It’s likely that the bad weather will cause major disruption on the roads during tomorrow morning’s rush hour, when the wind speeds are expected to be at their highest.
“Forecasters predict the high winds could cause trees and power lines to come down and also say there’s a danger high-sided vehicles, caravans and trailers could be blown over.
“With this mind, I would urge residents and motorists to continue to listen to weather forecasts and local radio for the latest updates, and not to travel on the roads tomorrow morning unless absolutely necessary.”
Drivers are advised to check weather forecasts before setting off, tell someone at their destination what their estimated arrival time is, keep in mind the longer stopping distances required in wet weather and ease off their accelerator and slowdown gradually if steering becomes unresponsive due to water preventing their tyres gripping the road.
For flooding information, visit www.metoffice.gov.uk or call the flood line on 0845 988 1188.