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Transport recovering after storm

Tue, 29 Oct 2013

ROAD NETWORKS are slowly getting back to normal after a day of commuter chaos caused by the hurricane-force winds that whipped across the country.

All forms of transport were hit by the storm, with the disruption causing morning rush-hour misery to millions.

Many roads were impassable due to fallen trees and high winds, with major routes beset by long delays. Drivers were still being warned to take extra care as they set out on their journeys tonight.

The Highways Agency said gusts of 40mph are still being experienced, with drivers warned to exercise caution.

Their crisis management coordinator Martin Hobbs said: "We were well prepared for the severe weather and worked closely with the Met Office to monitor conditions. We have dealt with incidents as they have occurred and our network is now returning to normal. We thank drivers for heeding advice about conditions but, with it still being very windy, urge road users to continue to take extra care.

"We are now inspecting our roads to check for any trees, or signs which may have become dislodged and may become a hazard, and we will take whatever action is necessary. We urge drivers to check our website for conditions before they travel."

By Press Association reporters