DRIVERS are being urged to take care on the roads overnight and tomorrow morning, with strong winds forecast as Storm Aileen hits the UK.

Highways England has issued an amber ‘be aware’ alert across the country in response to a Met Office forecast of strong winds and heavy rain, which comes into force at 9pm tonight and runs until 9am tomorrow morning.

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The Met Office has also issued a yellow weather warning for wind for the region, with gusts of 50mph to 60mph expected on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.

Police in Herefordshire are also advising people to take care when on the roads, with rain expected to start falling at around 6pm before being replaced by strong winds later tonight. 

West Mercia Police said: "We could see some damage as tree branches could be bought down onto roads; there is also the risk of some older trees falling, leaves upon the roads and very sodden ground.

"Also extra care should be taken by those driving high sided vehicles, caravans, articulated Lorries as they are at significant risk.

"So do take care if you are driving upon country road and motorways, in or near one of these vehicles tonight."

Police are advising people to check before making journeys tonight.