MOTORISTS are being urged to take extra care on Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent roads following two severe weather warnings from the MET Office.
The Yellow and Amber warnings have been issued ahead of storm Aileen with the county set to be hit by strong winds from 8pm today, Tuesday September 12 until 10am on Wednesday September 13.
The Amber warning cautions that gusts of wind could reach 65 to 70mph in Staffordshire.
Director of Response for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Tim Hyde said: “The weather warnings have been issued for very strong winds Tuesday overnight into Wednesday and are likely to cause travel disruption during Wednesday morning’s rush hour.
“There will be a higher risk of debris on the roads, such as fallen tree branches and we are often called to more collisions during stormy weather. High-sided vehicles should take extra care, especially on exposed roads such as those on higher ground in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
“I would urge drivers to be vigilant when driving in stormy weather and allow extra time for your journey. It is important to take into account the extra braking distance needed on wet road surfaces and make sure your vehicle is in a road worthy condition.
“These are simple safety tips but they could have the potential to save lives.”