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Suffolk: Police warn motorists to take care on county’s roads ahead of forecasted strong winds and heavy rain

PUBLISHED: 12:51 12 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:51 12 February 2014

Police are warning motorists to take care on roads in Suffolk with strong winds and heavy rain being forecast to hit the county this afternoon.

Wind speeds could reach up to 60mph on the Suffolk coast and the worst of the dreary weather is expected to last until about 5pm, according to forecasters.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said: “Motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journeys, reduce their speed, leave greater distances between themselves and the vehicle in front and consider the likelihood that there will be standing water and floods on the roads.”

Jim Bacon, a forecaster with Weatherquest, added: “It is not going to be hugely dramatic compared to the western side of the country but we will get fairly heavy rain and blustery winds.”

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