Weather warning issued as 70mph winds whip up massive waves in North Devon
North Devon is being battered by high winds and huge waves as Storm Brian rolls in from the Atlantic.
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for wind, with gusts of up to 70mph expected between now and midnight.
It said coastal communities are likely to be affected by large waves and spray with potential for flooding of properties on this evening’s high tide at 7.47pm.
Short term loss of power and other services is also possible, as well as damage to trees.
The chief forecaster said: “Gusts of 45 to 55mph are expected widely within the warning area, with gusts of 60 to 70mph along exposed southern and western coastal areas.
“These are expected to coincide with high tides, leading to locally dangerous conditions around coastal areas in western and southern parts of England and Wales.”
Police say there are reports of a fallen tree on A386 near Landcross, Bideford.
Many people have been out and about taking pictures of the storm, including Chris Farris, of Surfing Devon, who said there a few people close to getting a soaking at Westward Ho! this morning (Sunday).
He said pebbles had been thrown over the sea wall and warned people to watch from a safe distance.
Jeremy Lamprell photographed the high waves crashing into Ilfracombe this morning. Ilfracombe mayor Paul Crabb said he was not aware of any damaged caused in the town by Brian.
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