South-West braced for severe winds and rain

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  • Weather set to cause headaches for the pre-Christmas getaway
  • South West Trains warns of possible "severe disruption" to rail network
  • Gales set to reach the South-West this afternoon


THE Environment Agency is urging drivers to "think not sink" and be flood aware with heavy rains forecast.

It says: "People are being asked to stay away from promenades along the south west coast on Monday and Tuesday because of the wet and windy conditions.

"Rivers that are slow to respond to rainfall - like the lower reaches of the River Severn - could also pose a flood risk into Boxing Day.

"People who are set to be away for the festive period are urged to check the flood risk for their local area and, if necessary, take steps to protect valuable items left at home.

"Drivers are also urged to check the latest flood updates ahead of their journey - and to not to drive through dangerous floodwater."

The warning comes after a joint Environment Agency and AA survey found more than half (54 per cent) of UK drivers - would endanger themselves and their vehicles by driving through moving flood water.

People are encouraged to check the Environment Agency website for the latest flood information, follow #floodaware on Twitter and sign up to free flood warnings (click here).


THIS is the latest from South West Trains:

"Heavy rain and strong winds of up to 60mph have been forecast across our network today until 06:00 Tuesday 24 December.

"There is a very high possibility of severe disruption commencing at around 13:00 today.

"High winds can blow debris and trees from the trackside and from neighbouring land onto the track.

"On Tuesday 24 December first train services may be run as route proving trains to operate through the affected section of track to check no obstructions are on the track.

"We will continue to monitor the forecast and will update our website with further information.

"Customers are advised to only travel this afternoon (Monday 23) if absolutely necessary and to check before travelling."


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