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Live updates: Warning of severe gales and rain in North Devon

10:52 12 February 2014

An amber warning has been issued for the South West today (Wednesday).

An amber warning has been issued for the South West today (Wednesday).

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Potential for flooding and travel disruption on Wednesday as the next wave of weather hits.

Severe gales have blown a heavy goods vehicle onto a car on the Torridge Bridge in Bideford. Picture by Graham HobbsSevere gales have blown a heavy goods vehicle onto a car on the Torridge Bridge in Bideford. Picture by Graham Hobbs

Update 2.40pm: Bicclescombe Park Road in Ilfracombe is currently blocked near the St Brannock’s Road junction due to a large fallen tree.

The A399 in Brayford is blocked both ways at Shutscombe Hill due to a fallen tree.

In Bishop’s Tawton, Sentry Lane is blocked near the Village Street junction because of a fallen tree.

Hugh Griffin, of Devon County Council’s highways control office, tweeted this afternoon that there was a tree and power cables down on North Road near North Devon District Hospital.

He also tweeted: “A386 near Merton fallen tree cars are driving underneath! #devonroads”

Update: A removal van was recovered from Torridge Bridge in Bideford this morning after it was blown over by high winds. For the full story, plus photos and videos from the scene, click here.

Update 11.20am: The gates at the Westward Ho! entrance to Northam Burrows has been closed due to the adverse weather. Torridge District Council said water was running across the burrows road onto the grass and concealed potholes filled with water made it dangerous for vehicles and walkers alike.

Council officers will monitor the situation and when the water levels subside the vehicle access at the Westward Ho! entrance will be re-opened. In the meantime, people wanting to drive onto the burrows can do so via the Sandymere entrance.

Pedestrian access at the Westward Ho! gate remains open but people are urged not to walk along the road and in the water

WARNINGS for severe gales and potential flooding have been issued for the North Devon area today (Wednesday).

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for the South West, with forecast southerly gales with gusts of 60 to 70 mph.

At the same time up to 25 millimetres of rain is predicted for the region, with up to 40mm falling on higher ground.

People have been warned to be prepared for the risk of disruption to transport, power supplies and the potential for further flooding.

“Initially, southern and south western counties of England are likely to see southerly gales with gusts of 60-70 mph, perhaps 80 mph on the south coast for a brief period,” said a chief forecaster.

They said the forecast rainfall would fall within a 12 hour period, adding: “Falling soon after earlier widespread rainfall, the cumulative effects of these weather systems are likely to exacerbate the current flooding situation.”

The Environment Agency currently has flood alerts in place for the Exmoor rivers, the Rivers Caen, Bradiford Water and Yeo and coastal streams from Braunton to Combe Martin, plus the Lower Taw from Newnham Bridge to Barnstaple, including Umberleigh, Chittlehampton, Swimbridge and Bishop’s Tawton and the Lower Torridge including Dolton, Great Torrington, Bideford and Westward Ho!

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