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High winds warning to drivers

PUBLISHED: 13:36 28 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

MOTORISTS were being warned to drive carefully today as strong winds swept into the region.

As the whole country began to feel the first batterings of high gusts the people of Suffolk were advised to take care on the roads.

MOTORISTS were being warned to drive carefully today as strong winds swept into the region.

As the whole country began to feel the first batterings of high gusts the people of Suffolk were advised to take care on the roads.

Drivers of high-sided vehicles were told to be particularly cautious.

Police ensured signs were in place at either end of the Orwell Bridge so that drivers heading to and from the Port of Felixstowe were aware of the winds that would hit the sides of their vehicles as they crossed the Orwell River.

There were no major problems reported around the region but a few windows were broken and alarms were set off.

Elsewhere in the UK gusts of wind were reaching gale force with speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour.

People in Scotland in particular were warned to prepare themselves for the onslaught and expect minor structural and some tree damage.

Heavy snows were also expected to accompany it resulting in blizzards and severe drifting across the north.

Further south in Northern Ireland and the north of England winds were expected to be 40 to 60mph and these were expected to gradually move south resulting in poor travel conditions across the UK.


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