Po­lice is­sue ‘stay safe’ warn­ing as gales and rain bat­ter Bri­tain

Daily Star - - FRONT PAGE - By RUTH McKEE [email protected]­lystar.co.uk

Swathes of the coun­try were cov­ered by a yel­low weather warn­ing as po­lice urged fes­tive rev­ellers to stay safe on the roads.

High tides and huge gusts sent waves over flood de­fences in Devon and Corn­wall.

Cor­nish po­lice is­sued a warn­ing to par­ty­go­ers to take care in the foul weather.

An of­fi­cer said: “You must think about whether the risk is worth it.

“Go­ing to a party sounds at­trac­tive but it’s not so good if you end up stranded on a flooded road or in hos­pi­tal if you’re in­volved in a crash.”

His ad­vice came af­ter a six-car pile-up closed the busy A38 in Devon and the En­vi­ron­ment Agency is­sued a flood alert for the River Tor­ridge.

The Met Of­fice put out yel­low weather warn­ings for north­ern Bri­tain, where Black­pool was hit by huge waves and planes had bumpy land­ings at Leeds Brad­ford Air­port.

The fore­cast­ers also pre­dicted “wide­spread gales” across the coun­try and said the storm would hit Scot­land and North­ern Ire­land.

In­land blasts of 50 to 60mph were said to be “likely quite widely, with gusts of 70 to 80mph in ex­posed lo­ca­tions across north-west Scot­land”.

Weather watch­ers said heavy rain “may be an ad­di­tional haz­ard across parts of north­ern and west­ern Scot­land”.

Chaos was also pre­dicted on the trans­port net­work last night, with road and rail links both ex­pected to be ad­versely af­fected.

®WILD: Waves at Black­pool, ma­rooned cop in Devon and bumpy land­ing at Leeds

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