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Christmas travellers warned about strong winds and heavy rain across the UK

Christmas travellers have been warned of adverse weather conditions, with the Met Office issuing amber warnings of heavy rain and strong winds.

Areas most likely to be affected are Wales, the east of England, south-west England, London and the south-east part of the country.

80mph winds and flooding in Wales and storm-force winds over much of Scotland during Christmas Eve have also been forecasted. The Environment Agency have warned there is a medium risk of flooding in many parts of the country including Hampshire, Kent, West Sussex, Surrey, the south-west and Greater London.

David Jordan, the agency’s director of operations, warned people not to attempt to drive through the floodwater.

“Tragically, people die because they’ve taken risks and attempted to drive through floodwater just to save a few minutes. If there is widespread flooding in your area then don’t travel and if a road is closed then turn around and make a detour.”

The Highways Agency head of on-road services, John McTaggart, commented: “Road users are urged to check traffic and weather conditions before setting out on journeys, and to heed any advice such as speed restrictions.

“Be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space.”

Disruptions to rail services are also likely and Network Rail has warned of delays, cancellations and amended train timetables.

Furthermore, some ferry services have revised timetables and there is also concern about potential air travel disruption.




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