Councillor Russell Oppenheimer, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Highways Operations, said: “Following the Met Office Yellow Weather warning for this latest storm, our highways teams are ready to work round the clock if needs be, with additional frontline resources on standby in order to keep Hampshire moving.
“They are braced to deal with the consequences from the expected gusts of wind up to 60-70 mph inland, and possibly up to 80 mph in exposed costal locations. In preparation, we will have extra specialist tree crews and emergency response gangs available, as well as drainage teams on standby should the strong wind be accompanied by heavy rain.
“Before setting out on a journey on Friday and over the weekend, I would ask that anyone checks the weather forecast and traffic information before they head off and consider if their journey is absolutely necessary. Anyone who must travel, is urged to please be prepared and drive according to the conditions.”
The strongest winds are expected to be between 9am and 3pm on Friday and the Environment Agency has warned that a storm tidal surge of 50 cm is likely in coastal areas.
Details of flood alerts and updates are available from the Environment Agency.
Emergency issues on the highway can be reported to the County Council by phoning: 0300 555 1388 (8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday) or outside of office hours, call 101.
Report fallen trees online at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/roadproblems/treehedge
In an emergency situation, where there is a danger to life, call 999.