Following Storm Ophelia, the Met Office this morning confirmed a new weather system heading towards Britain will go through an “explosive” development as it passes over ocean waters. Forecasters are closely monitoring the storm which is set to hit Britain early Saturday morning. There are mounting fears that it could be named Brian - the next storm name of the season. 

A Met Office spokesperson said: “A spell of strong southwesterly winds is expected. Some coastal routes and communities are likely to be affected by large waves, with potential for flooding of properties.

“Some transport disruption is likely across the warning area, with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport. Short term loss of power and other services is also possible.”

Finlay Clark, UK head of the free, crowdsourced navigation app Waze is urging drivers to plan ahead this weekend.

“Data from Waze shows that when hazardous conditions like this hit, a journey time increases by approximately 30%, so on an average drive of 45 mins you’d be looking at an additional 14 mins behind the wheel. 

“Alerts – including accidents on the road – often increase by 140% during stormy conditions. Speeds are reduced as drivers take more care, from 26mph to 22mph on average (a 16% reduction). Meanwhile, a 20% reduction on kilometres driven suggests that many people stay at home and only make essential journeys.

“If you have to drive in adverse weather conditions, Waze can re-route you around traffic and get you to your destination safely and effectively, guiding you on the best time to embark upon your journey.”

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Over 1.8 million drivers in the UK rely on Waze’s crowdsourced real-time updates to save time on the road. Waze provides peace of mind by suggesting the fastest and most optimal route possible to any destination, by tracking real-time traffic.

To arrange an interview with Finlay Clark and for live regional and national data please contact 0207 637 0656