The Met Office has warned there will be a small chance of flooding to homes and businesses along with damage to some buildings. Fast flowing or deep flood water could also cause a danger to life. Meanwhile on Saturday (August 10) a warning is in place across the whole of Cheshire for strong winds.
As a result there is risk of power cuts, minor damage to temporary structures and delays across road and rail networks.
The Met Office has issued advice if you’re travelling in storms, rain and high winds.
- Even moderate rain can reduce your ability to see and be seen. A good rule of thumb is ‘if it’s time for your wipers, it’s time to slow down’.
- If heavy downpours are expected, avoid starting your journey until it clears.
- If you can, choose main roads, where you are less likely to be exposed to fallen branches and debris and flooding.
- Use dipped headlights if visibility is seriously reduced.
- Gusts of wind can unsettle vehicles – grip your steering wheel firmly with both hands. This is particularly important when planning to overtake.
- Keep an eye out for gaps between trees, buildings or bridges over a river or railway – these are some of the places you are more likely to be exposed to side winds. Ensure that you maintain enough room either side of your vehicle so you can account for it being blown sideways.
- Roads will be more slippery than usual in wet weather – be sure to give yourself more time to react when approaching a hazard. Increase your following gap to at least four seconds from the moving traffic in front.
- Keep your eyes peeled on the road at all times as spray from other vehicles can suddenly reduce your visibility. Remember it affects others too, so anticipate their actions and be prepared.
A statement on The Met Office website reads: “Heavy rain and strong winds spreading northwards through Friday, with frequent thundery showers into the weekend.