Yellow weather warning for wind issued across Somerset
The warning is in force from 10am until nearly midnight today (Sunday, December 31).
It is expected that there could be some disruption to transport, including trains, due to gales in association with heavy showers.
- Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely;
- It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves;
- Probably some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer;
- Some short term loss of power and other services is possible;
- Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely.
If you are planning on driving anywhere today to visit loved ones for New Years, you are advised to leave extra time for your journey and maintain extra distance between yourself and the vehicle in front.
Where possible, travel on main roads which are less likely to be impacted by fallen debris.
If the road you need to drive through is flooded, turn around and don't risk it. Even though water may seem shallow, just 12 inches of moving water can float your car.
You are also reminded to maintain extra distance from pedestrians and motorcyclists, who are more likely to be blown around in strong winds.
Flooding is also a concern, especially in the River Tone catchment.
The Gov.UK website reads: "River levels are forecast to rise on the River Tone, Hillfarrance Brook and the Halsewater Stream due to heavy rainfall forecast overnight tonight. The flooding of low lying land and roads is possible from later this evening.
"Flooding could occur on the roads around Hillfarrance and Bradford on Tone, the Lane End Road at Ham and the Creech St Michael to Henlade road. Bradford on Tone ringbanks will be bankfull. No property flooding is expected.
"Further rainfall is forecast for Sunday and the weather will remain unsettled into next week.
"Avoid using low lying footpaths and any bridges near local watercourses and do not attempt to walk, cycle or drive through flood water."