Gale-force winds set for Huntingdonshire

The road between Godmanchester and The Offords was blocked last year due to a fallen tree in high wi

The road between Godmanchester and The Offords was blocked last year due to a fallen tree in high winds. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Weather forecasters warn gale-force winds could hit Cambridgeshire later today.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for the county, starting at 3pm and possibly lasting until tomorrow night.

It says gusts of 50mph to 65mph are likely and warns of disruption to transport and power supplies.

The Met Office’s chief forecaster said: “Another Atlantic low pressure system is expected to deepen significantly as it tracks towards the UK. The strongest winds will initially be across England and Wales during the second half of Wednesday into early Thursday before moderating.

“As well as the very strong winds, a band of squally rain is likely to sweep eastwards across many parts through the period.

“The exact track of this system is still open to some uncertainty as is the location of the strongest winds, particularly across the north on Thursday and this warning will be updated as and when necessary to fine tune the areas at risk from the impacts.”

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is advising farmers and landowners to check the condition of trees by the roadside and in public places.

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It warns that landowners could face claims for damages if a tree or branch falls in a public place.

CLA East regional surveyor Tim Woodward said: “Liability for damage or injury caused by fallen trees and branches depends on whether the owner knew, or should have known, that the tree was likely to fall.

“We are advising our members to inspect their roadside trees as soon as possible and keep a written record of the inspections to demonstrate due care and diligence in the unfortunate event of an accident.

“Being able to prove that proper care has been taken would also reduce the risk of facing Council charges for clearing fallen timber from the public highway.”