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Tree falls on train line as storm advice issued
A FALLEN tree has affected rail services into Bucks from London this evening, with storms predicted to head towards the county overnight.
The Met Office is predicting the south of Britain will be hit by the worst storm in nearly 20 years and has advised residents to be prepared for localised flooding, trees falling and damage to buildings.
Gusts of up to 70mph are forecast, with the eye of the storm set to pass over Bucks between 4-10am.
A tree fell on the Chiltern line out of Marylebone this evening, although this has now been cleared.
But Chiltern Railways have tonight said they plan to run trains at slower than usual speeds tomorrow, which will have an impact on timetables. For updates go to www.chilternrailways.co.uk.
Commuters using other routes into London are also being advised to check for travel updates with their service operator before travelling.
And firefighters have warned it is likely to be a similar story on the roads tonight and into tomorrow morning and have issued advice on driving in stormy weather.
Keith Wheeler, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service's road safety manager, told motorists to avoid travelling during the worst of the weather if at all possible.
He said: "Take great care when driving while it’s still dark in areas that you know have flooded or been affected by severe weather on previous occasions, and please don't ignore diversion and road closure signs."
Advice from the fire brigade includes to keep well back from the vehicle in front and to slow down gradually if your steering becomes unresponsive due to waterlogged tyres being unable to grip the road.
Don't attempt to drive through water that is more than a few inches deep. The water is often deeper than it looks and may be moving quite fast, meaning your vehicle may be swept away or become stranded.
High-sided vehicles are most affected by windy weather, but strong gusts can also blow a car, cyclist, motorcyclist or horse-rider off course. This can happen on open stretches of road exposed to strong crosswinds, or when passing bridges or gaps in hedges.
Wind rarely blows steadily and a sudden gust can catch out even the most experienced driver. In very windy weather your vehicle may be affected by turbulence created by large vehicles. Motorcyclists are particularly affected, so keep well back from them when they are overtaking a high-sided vehicle.
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