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.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 07:24
The coastguard pole today.

National Trust launches appeal to restore a unique part of North Devon’s coastal heritage.

Read more
Fri, 14:34
On the campaign trail in North Devon.

Catch up with the latest General Election goings on and ministerial visits in pictures

Read more
Fri, 14:26
Home secretary Theresa May with Conservative candidate for North Devon Peter Heaton-Jones

The Government minister answered questions covering everything from North Devon’s tourism industry to her favourite flavour of crisps

Read more
Fri, 14:16

Councillors have approved contentious plans for 105 houses in Pilton.

Read more
Fri, 12:51
Princess Anne visits the Lynton Cliff Railway on Friday morning. Picture: @LLCliffRailway

Princess visit kicks off 125th anniversary celebrations in style.

Read more
Fri, 09:24
Labour Party leader Ed Miiband and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon during the BBC Challengers' Election Debate 2015. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

David Cameron has warned of more borrowing and taxes if Ed Miliband does a deal with the Scottish National Party (SNP) to become Prime Minister.

Read more
Fri, 08:46
beer

Beer festival will see music, barbecue and beer follow rugby matchers in Barnstaple on Saturday.

Read more
Fri, 08:43
James Pugsley with his late brother, Tom

The 21-year-old will be running the London Marathon to raise funds for the RNLI in memory of his late brother Tom Pugsley.

Read more
Fri, 07:00
Lyndsay Platt, with The Glorious Oyster horsebox on Westward Ho! Picture: Sarah Howells

As part of our campaign to promote North Devon’s fish and seafood, we spoke to The Glorious Oyster in Westward Ho!

Read more
Thu, 17:17
Catch Ed Byrne in Barnstaple this autumn. Picture: Roslyn Gaunt

Catch the famous funnyman on stage at The Queen’s Theatre this autumn...

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder