Gusts are more likely on open stretches of road, when passing bridges or gaps in hedges, or when overtaking high-sided vehicles. And wind can bring down tree branches, blow you off course or blow other vehicles into your path.
- Keep both hands on the wheel.
- Be ready for stronger winds and gusts on exposed stretches of road or when passing high-sided vehicles.
- Be ready for sudden gusts when passing tall buildings in urban areas.
- Keep your speed down – strong gusts won’t blow you as far off course.
- Take care and leave extra room around cyclists and motorcyclists. They're particularly vulnerable to sudden gusts and may veer across the road.
- Keep your distance from other vehicles, especially high-sided vehicles and caravans.
- Twigs or small branches in the road could mean there’s a tree or large branch in the way around the next bend.
- Partially fallen trees can hang above the sweep of your headlights, making them hard to spot.
- Plan your journey carefully, checking weather and traffic bulletins regularly.
- Expect lower speed limits or temporary closures on exposed bridges, and road closures due to fallen debris or accidents.
The World Meteorological Organisation has been naming Atlantic tropical storms since 2008, but we're now in on the act. Storms affecting the UK and Ireland were named for the first time in 2015/16 to raise awareness of severe weather.
Major, named storms so far over the winter of 2016-17 have been:
- Angus (19 November)
- Barbara (20 December)
- Conor (23 December)
- Doris (22 February 2017)
- Ewan (26 February 2017)
These could be followed by Fleur, Gabriel, Holly, Ivor, Jacqui, Kamil, Louise, Malcolm, Natalie, Oisin, Penelope, Robert, Susan, Thomas, Valerie, Wilbert.
UK storms over the winter of 2015/16:
- Abigail (12-13 November 2015).
- Barney (17-18 November 2015).
- Clodagh (29 November 2015).
- Desmond (5-6 December 2015).
- Eva (24 December 2015).
- Frank (29-30 December 2015).
- Gertrude (29 January 2016).
- Henry (1-2 February 2016).
- Imogen (8 February 2016).
- Jake (2 March 2016).
- Katie (27-28 March 2016).
27 February 2017