Kent braces itself for strong winds, traffic and travel chaos and damage to buildings

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Strong and disruptive winds are set to batter Kent as Storm Freya hits tomorrow.

Coastal areas should expect gusts of 70-80mph as South-westerly winds strengthen through the afternoon.

The Met Office has warned of “significant disruption to travel, with damage to buildings and trees likely” and Highways England has advised people to only make journeys if they are necessary.

Coastal areas should expect Storm Freya to whip up large waves.
Coastal areas should expect Storm Freya to whip up large waves.

The office’s deputy chief meteorologist, Jason Kelly, said: “Storm Freya undergoes rapid cyclogenesis late Saturday and early Sunday as it moves across the eastern Atlantic Ocean towards the British Isles, this means the area of low pressure will deepen quickly as it moves towards us.

“This is a developing situation and the track of Freya’s strongest winds could change over the next few days, so we are advising people to keep an eye on the latest forecast and warnings from the Met Office.”

Storm Freya. Picture The Met Office
Storm Freya. Picture The Met Office

Highways England’s head of road safety, Richard Leonard, said: “We’re encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys and consider if their journey is necessary and can be delayed until conditions improve. If you do intend to travel, then plan your journey and take extra care, allowing more time for your journey.

“In high winds, there’s a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we’d advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down.

“Drivers of other vehicles should be aware of sudden gusts of wind which can affect handling and braking, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, and motorbikes plenty of space. In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow signed diversion routes.”

Trees may be blown down during Storm Freya
Trees may be blown down during Storm Freya

Remember to check our travel blog for updates to roads and travel across Kent.

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