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Extreme weather update: Red alert for parts of South Wales

Chief Superintendent Eddie Ough, head of South Wales Police specialist operations, said: “Our priority is to provide a 24/7 emergency service to the public of South Wales and we have plans in place to meet the additional demands placed upon us.
“As a force we are prepared for the prospect of bad weather and are working closely with other emergency services and partners to ensure the safety of our communities.”
Members of the public should consider whether or not their journey is absolutely necessary and to check the Traffic Wales website for updates on their route before leaving home.
Those who have to travel should make use of main roads and avoid less used routes. Motorists should allow extra time for their journey and ensure they keep an appropriate distance between them and the vehicle ahead.
Where travel is necessary, drivers should:

  • Allow extra time for the journey
  • Research your route as there could be significant differences in conditions within short distances
  • Ensure you have 100% visibility before setting off
  • Drive slowly
  • Make use of main roads and avoid less used routes
  • Allow enough distance between you and the vehicle ahead
  • Take a flask with a hot drink
  • Take warm clothing

A red weather warning issued by the Met Office means you should take action to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the weather. Widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life is likely. You must avoid dangerous areas and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.