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Storm Aileen to hit North Devon tonight

PUBLISHED: 10:24 12 September 2017

Giant waves in Ilfracombe on Monday. Picture: Lizzie Garnett

Giant waves in Ilfracombe on Monday. Picture: Lizzie Garnett


Storm Aileen is set to bring ‘very strong winds’ of up to 50-60mph overnight, as yellow weather warning is issued for North Devon.

Strong winds are expected to hit North Devon this evening (Tuesday) as the first autumn storm reaches the UK.

Storm Aileen is expected to bring very strong gusts of up to 50-60mph throughout this night and into Wednesday morning.

The Met Office has placed a yellow weather warning over coastal areas of North Devon from 8pm tonight (Tuesday) until 10am tomorrow.

The worst of the winds, with gusts to 65-75 mph, are expected to be across North Wales, southern parts of Northern England, the North Midlands and Norfolk, for which area a separate amber warning is being issued.

Longer journey times by road, rail and air are likely, with restrictions on roads and bridges.

There is also a chance of power cuts, and damage to trees and perhaps buildings. Along windward-facing coasts, some wave overtopping is possible.

There has been some speculation that this weather is being driven by the severe weather in the Caribbean and US, but the Met Office says there is no such connection.

Met Office deputy meteorologist, Chris Tubbs, said: “There are no links between the very strong winds we expect to see here in the UK and the hurricanes affecting the United States and the Caribbean at present.

“This system originated well north in the Atlantic Ocean, independent of the current Caribbean hurricanes.”

On Monday winds whipped up large waves in Ilfracombe, which were seen crashing onto the harbour.

Wave-watchers are advised to keep their distance from the sea in stormy weather.

If you spot any storm damage, contact the newsdesk on

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