Safety advice ahead of severe weather

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East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is ​urging drivers and residents to be extra vigilant during the winter weather.

Strong winds could cause trouble in some areas of East Sussex as a storm is expected to arrive in the area in the early hours of Friday morning and last until midday.

Glenn Jones Emergency Planning Officer at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said, “The current forecast for Friday is for higher wind speeds across our area, so we are asking everyone to be prepared.

“By taking a little care and planning ahead, it is possible to minimise the risk and maximise safety.”

Advice

The fire service gave the following advice for motorists:

- Plan your journey and check road conditions before setting off

- Ensure that your vehicles are in good condition, with tyres that have adequate tread, windscreen wipers in a serviceable condition

- Drive at speeds that allow you to stop safely.

And for residents, it said:

-Take precautions by ensuring that any outdoor items such as toys, bins, ladders, and garden furniture are secured to prevent them being blown into the roads or through windows

-Try to locate pets and bring them indoors if you can.

Useful contacts

Get the latest weather reports at www.metoffice.gov.uk

Contact UK Power Networks on 0800 31 63 105 to report a damaged power line on the ground or one hanging low.

For problems on the roads call the Highways Contact Centre on 0345 60 80 193 and leave a message or email highways@eastsussex.gov.uk

For out-of-hours emergencies affecting the roads in East Sussex, other than traffic accidents, please call the emergency out of hours service on 01323 644422.

For flood alerts see the Environment Agency’s website at www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency or call Floodline at 0845 988 1188 for a 24 hour service.