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Drivers warned of extreme 60mph winds on Yorkshire motorways

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Highways England is warning drivers in the north to take extra care and be prepared for very strong winds tomorrow morning.

Wind speeds are expected to reach 50 mph and occasionally even reach 60 mph and over.

Motorways will be smashed by extreme winds

Motorways will be smashed by extreme winds

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This in in comparison to normal average speeds of around 10 mph.

The intense gales will be at their most dangerous between 6am and 1pm on Thursday, 14 June.

Drivers are being urged to check the weather and driving conditions before setting out on journeys and pay more attention to exposed locations such as high lying areas and bridges.

Those driving high-sided HGVs, caravans and motorcycles are advised to take particular care.

If motorists must travel then they are advised to plan their journey ahead of time, take extra care and allow more time for the journey.

Highways England’s Head of Road Safety, Richard Leonard, said:

“We’re encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys and consider if their journey is necessary and can be delayed until conditions improve.

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“Drivers of other vehicles should be aware of sudden gusts of wind which can affect handling and braking, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, and motorbikes plenty of space.

In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow signed diversion routes.”

A Freight Transport Association advisory states “When driving an empty curtain-sided vehicle, tie both curtain sides at one end of the vehicle to reduce the effect of side winds.”

HGV drivers are advised by the DVSA to check load security as part of their daily walkaround check. Further details of the walk around check can be found on GOV.UK.

Road users are being advised to follow messages on any overhead signs and listen to radio updates. Further information can be found by visiting www.trafficengland.com or calling the Highways England Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

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