Essex Highways has urged drivers not to travel unless "necessary" as heavy rain and strong winds are forecast from today.

 Storm Ciaran is set to batter parts of the county with the Met Office warning of "very strong and potentially damaging winds" expected late Wednesday onwards into Thursday.

The experts have issued weather warnings across Essex, with a yellow wind warning covering all of Essex from 9pm today until 11.59pm tomorrow and and an amber warning in parts of the Essex coast including Shoebury, Great Wakering, Frinton and Clacton, from 6am until 5pm tomorrow.

As the storm approaches, Essex Highways has urged motorists to "only travel if necessary" as they prepare to respond to reports of debris blocking roads.

A spokesman posted on X: "With rain and strong winds forecast, please take care and only travel if necessary.

"We'll respond as quickly as we can to reports of debris blocking roads and footways. You can report issues online or for urgent matters call our emergency number"

Wind speeds are expected to reach 80mph in some coastal areas, with the most exposed spots facing speeds of up to 85mph.

Here's what the Met Office warns to expect: 

  • Flying debris could result in a danger to life
  • Damage to buildings and homes is possible, with roofs blown off and power lines and trees brought down
  • Roads, bridges and railway lines may close, with delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights
  • Power cuts could occur and affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • There is potential for large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties