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Fallen trees and flooding as Storm Eleanor hits North Devon

PUBLISHED: 08:32 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:32 05 January 2018

Castle Quay in Barnstaple. Picture: Sarah Howells

Castle Quay in Barnstaple. Picture: Sarah Howells

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Damage across the region as the storm hits the region overnight and into Wednesday morning

The flooding in Westward Ho! this morning at the Fairway Buoy. Picture: Matt SmartThe flooding in Westward Ho! this morning at the Fairway Buoy. Picture: Matt Smart

There are fallen trees and flooding in North Devon this morning (Wednesday) after Storm Eleanor hit the region.

A series of fallen trees have been reported across the region in the wake of gusts in excess of 60mph.

Devon County Council is advising motorists to allow extra time for their journeys, keep to high class roads and ‘expect the unexpected’.

The storm and high tides have caused flooding in parts of the region, with Barnstaple’s Pilton Park submerged.

Fallen trees have been reported in the following locations:

A3214 RHS Rosemoor, Torrington

A388 Anvil Corner, Holsworthy

B3232 Hunters Inn, Newton Tracey

A361 West Down (signed and passable)

B3096 Leigh Road, Chulmleigh

A386 between Bideford and Torrington

On the coast, waves have wreaked havoc at Westward Ho!, with fencing destroyed at the Pebble Ridge’s go kart track.

The environment agency issued flood warnings for North Devon’s coastal communities, with flooding expected from Westward Ho! to Lynton.

It said: “Severe Gale force 9 westerly winds and offshore wave heights of 8m are forecast to cause flooding between 4.30am and 8.30am.

“Expect tides to be around 330mm higher than predicted due to weather conditions.

“Large waves and spray are likely so take care near coastal paths and promenades.”

A weather warning from the Met Office remains in place for wind throughout Wednesday.

A spokesman said: “Public transport may be disrupted or cancelled and some bridges are likely to be closed.

“Power cuts and disruption to other services (mobile phones for example) may also occur, while injuries from flying debris are possible.

Flooding at Pilton Park this morning (Wednesday) as Storm Eleanor hits North Devon. Picture: Sarah HowellsFlooding at Pilton Park this morning (Wednesday) as Storm Eleanor hits North Devon. Picture: Sarah Howells

“Combined with a period of high tides, it is likely that some western coastal communities will be affected by large waves and spray, and again there is a chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves, or beach material being thrown on to seafronts and coastal properties.”

Flooding at Pilton Park this morning (Wednesday) as Storm Eleanor hits North Devon. Picture: Sarah HowellsFlooding at Pilton Park this morning (Wednesday) as Storm Eleanor hits North Devon. Picture: Sarah Howells

Flooding from the sea on Ilfracombe seafront. Picture: Jeremy LamprellFlooding from the sea on Ilfracombe seafront. Picture: Jeremy Lamprell

Castle Quay in Barnstaple. Picture: Sarah HowellsCastle Quay in Barnstaple. Picture: Sarah Howells

Flooding at Pilton Park this morning (Wednesday) as Storm Eleanor hits North Devon. Picture: Sarah HowellsFlooding at Pilton Park this morning (Wednesday) as Storm Eleanor hits North Devon. Picture: Sarah Howells

The flooding in Westward Ho! this morning at the Fairway Buoy. Picture: Matt SmartThe flooding in Westward Ho! this morning at the Fairway Buoy. Picture: Matt Smart

Flooding from the sea on Ilfracombe seafront. Picture: Jeremy LamprellFlooding from the sea on Ilfracombe seafront. Picture: Jeremy Lamprell

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