COMMUTERS are being urged to take care after the Met Office issued a warning for gale force winds in Worcestershire during this evening’s rush hour.
According to the forecast, the wind speed will rise to more than 40mph by 5pm and increase to over 60mph by 9pm.
The wind speed will stay above 40mph until around midnight when the speeds will gradually decrease throughout the early hours of tomorrow morning.
According to the Met Office gusts are expected to be more severe over exposed hills and travel disruption is likely if the winds bring down trees.
The winds have come about as a consequence of the Met Office’s second named storm – Storm Barney.
Worcestershire County Council Highway’s teams have been put on standby and will be ready to respond to any problems caused by the winds .
The Highways ‘out of hours’ standby cover includes two gulley emptiers and six gangs, three in the north and three in the south of the county.
These will be on standby to deal with issues on the roads including surface flooding, fallen trees and debris.