WITH storms forecast for the Isle of Wight weekend this weekend, residents have been warned to take care.
The Isle of Wight Council said residents in the following areas should consider taking precautions due to the danger of flooding; Monktonmead Brook in Ryde, Gurnard Luck, Western Yar at Freshwater and Lukely Brook in Newport.
Island Roads said sandbags would be available from the usual locations in Ryde, Cowes and East Cowes, as well as Moa Place in Freshwater, River Road in Yarmouth, Marsh Road in Gurnard and Lugley Street Car Park in Newport.
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Jamie Russell, of IOW Weather, has said thunder storms should clear by tomorrow lunchtime. Find out more here
The Highways Agency has issued the following advice:
The Met Office has issued an amber warning for rain for tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday), warning of torrential downpours and a risk of localised flooding.
According to the forecast, the showers will begin in the south of the country overnight on Friday and move northward throughout Saturday. The showers are expected to be localised and short, but torrential and thundery, and are possible across much of England over the weekend. It is possible that some of the showers will be heavy enough to cause temporary, localised flooding on some roads.
Simon Sheldon-Wilson, Director of Traffic Management, said: "With schools across the country now broken up for summer, lots of people will be taking to the roads this weekend. While this weather should not prevent people from making a journey, it’s important that drivers are aware of the forecast and drive appropriately.
"Rain and spray can reduce visibility and when the road is wet it can take up to twice as long to stop so it makes sense to slow down when it's raining and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front. It’s also a good idea to check the latest conditions before setting out on a journey – it only takes a minute and can save you a lot of time if there is an incident on your route."