Met Office issue Amber Weather Warning

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TAKE care if you’re out on the roads this afternoon and evening as forecasters have predicted heavy rainfall and thunderstorms.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning from 3pm today, Monday, June 10, to around midnight in parts of Essex, including Chelmsford, and west and south Essex.

This could lead to flooding and difficult driving conditions.

If you have to make a car journey, our advice is:

Plan your journey in advance and allow extra time. Check for up to date information for travel and weather on your local radio station or on Twitter by following @Metoffice @HighwaysEAST @Essex_Travel

Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front, be patient and drive at a speed appropriate to road conditions; be aware of pedestrians and cyclists.

Check your tyres, wiper blades and lights are in good working order. Keep your windows and mirrors clear.

If you do come across a flooded road:

Please don’t drive through flood water if you know it’s too deep as your car could easily be swept away. Cars can float in as little as 12 inches of water and you can cause damage to your engine. If in doubt, don’t risk it.

If you have to drive through water, use a low gear so the engine revs are higher, slipping the clutch if necessary or, for an automatic vehicle, select the lowest ratio and balance the throttle and brakes. Drive slowly and steadily and don’t drive through water while other vehicles are passing.

Test your brakes as soon as you pass through the water.

If you get stuck, don’t repeatedly try to start the engine. Call for recovery and wait in a safe place.

* Call 101 in a non-emergency and 999 in an emergency.

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