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North Devon braces for storm ‘Hercules Take Two’

15:06 30 January 2014

North Devon is bracing for more stormy weather. Pic: Richard Murgatroyd.

North Devon is bracing for more stormy weather. Pic: Richard Murgatroyd.

Richard Murgatroyd

Gale force winds, spring tides and heavy rain prompt warnings from Environment Agency and emergency services.

NORTH Devon is on standby this week as high winds and heavy rain are forecast to hit the region on Friday and Saturday.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for the region with gusts of up to 70mph in exposed coastal areas and heavy bands of rain.

The looming storm has been dubbed ‘Hercules Take Two’ by surf forecasters magic seaweed who predict an ‘apocalyptic vibe’.

Spring tides are set to be whipped up by the gale force winds, prompting the Environment Agency and emergency services to put out warnings.

‘Apocalypic vibe’

Nick Lyness, for the Environment Agency said: “Strong winds and large waves are forecast along the south and west coast of England between Friday and Sunday, coinciding with high tides,’ said for the Environment Agency.

“Impacts could include flooding affecting some coastal properties and communities.

“Coastal paths and promenades could be highly dangerous as there is an increased risk of being swept out to sea. People are warned to stay away from the shoreline.”

Earlier this month, areas such as Ilfracombe and Westward Ho! received a battering, with police having to cordon off sea fronts at high tide.

Keep your distance

Andy Brock, police sector inspector for Torridge, warned storm chasers to stay a safe distance away from the sea.

He said: “People can be their own worst enemies in these situations.

“We had people still trying to drive through the sea front in Westward Ho! despite the fact the waves were throwing huge pebbles into the road.

“If you want to take photographs, stay a safe distance away and use the zoom on your camera.

“I’d also warn surfers to think before they go into the sea – please err on the side of caution.

“Every time a lifeboat crew has to perform a rescue they are putting their lives at risk too.”

Weather warnings are currently in place from 8am on Friday until 3am on Saturday. Keep checking back for more information as we have it.

If you spot any storm destruction or flooding, send your photos to sarah.howells@archant.co.uk.

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