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Huge storm batters Devon

Council warns motorists to avoid the coast, and not to wave watch

Winds of more than 70mph and up to a week’s worth of rain falling in a few hours is causing disruption on the county’s roads.

Trees have fallen down and are blocking roads in Teignmouth, Pyworthy, Holcombe, Exeter, Feniton, Tavistock, Bovey Tracey, Okehampton, and Shute, while there is flooding on Exmouth seafront and at Cavalier Road in Heathfield.

High winds, surface flooding and debris are all expected to hit Devon on Friday and over the weekend, with forecasters predicting there could be a total of up to 40mm of rainfall on Friday and Saturday in southwest Devon and up to 14mm on the south and southwest facing slopes of Dartmoor.

A spokesman for Devon County Council says: “Be alert to the possibility of falling branches, fallen trees and landslips, especially on rural roads and coastal routes, and to take care on exposed bridges. Drivers are advised to stay on the major road network if possible.”

The heaviest rain is expected from midnight Friday to Saturday evening. People are advised to avoid exposed coastal areas and are strongly advised not to go wave watching.

Today’s weather warning lasts until midnight. The Met Office says to expect road, rail, air and ferry delays as well as delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed bridges.

 

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