HIGH winds have prompted Northumbria Police to advise members of the public to take extra care.
Pedestrians are being warned to watch out for debris blown into their path and motorists should maintain a safe distance from other vehicles and take particular care around motorcyclists and cyclists.
Drivers of high-sided vehicles, motor homes or cars towing caravans should be extra cautious, especially when driving on exposed roads.
When driving in high winds drivers should:
Be prepared for gusts of wind and the slip stream from passing vehicles - especially high-sided ones
Keep both hands on the steering wheel
Moderate their speed as vehicles travelling fast are more likely to drift off course in a sudden gust of wind
Watch out for debris such as branches blown onto the road