Warning to drivers as thunderstorm batters Crawley


With thunderstorms and flash flooding affecting many parts of Sussex and weather forecasters warning of more to come, police are warning drivers to take more care.

The downpour this morning (Monday July 28) has left many roads slick with water.

Road policing officer PC Andy Huggett said: “Heavy rain after a long warm spell invariably leads to slippery roads and drivers need to immediately adjust to the new conditions.

“Along with the surface conditions, there are the added hazards of very heavy rain, flash flooding and poor visibility and it is essential that drivers make allowances.

“Use your lights, keep your distance and ensure that you can see clearly - windscreens can be very smeary after days of summer bugs that get spread by the use of wipers.

“If you do encounter flooding, slow down and don’t go into the water unless you are absolutely sure that it is not too deep for your vehicle and that includes 4x4s.

“When you emerge from the flood water, use your brakes gently to dry them off, obviously making sure that there’s no other cars behind you.”

Is there any flooding where you are?

Send your storm pictures to crawleyobserver@jpress.co.uk.