As the weather warning for parts of southern Wiltshire has changed to a Red, Wiltshire Council is now advising people throughout the county only to make essential journeys today, Friday 18 February.
A Red warning indicates a significant danger to life, as extremely strong winds provide the potential for damage to structures and flying debris. For the rest of Wiltshire, there is an Amber warning in place, which means there is the possibility of travel delays, road and rail closures, power cuts and the potential risk to life and property.
As there are two warnings in place, the council is advising everyone in Wiltshire not travel unless their journey is essential.
All schools and early years settings in the county have been advised to close, and the council says it is working with its waste contractors regarding waste collections and household recycling centres – for updates, people should follow @wiltscouncil on Twitter.
If people spot a tree down or another obstruction on the highway, please let the council know with MyWilts.
Schools have also been advised to close in Dorset, where parts of the south of the county are also affected by a Red weather alert.