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Storm Eleanor is set to bring strong gusts and large waves to North Devon

PUBLISHED: 09:51 02 January 2018

Watch out for large waves on Wednesday as Storm Eleanor hits. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Watch out for large waves on Wednesday as Storm Eleanor hits. Picture: Graham Hobbs


Storm chasers are being urged to take care when watching the waves as Storm Eleanor gets ready to whip up the high tides in North Devon.

A weather warning has been issued for tomorrow (Wednesday) as Storm Eleanor heads towards the UK.

North Devon is set to be hit by strong gusts of up to 70mph, with the warning running from midnight until 10pm.

With high tides also set to hit the region, there is a chance of large waves and spray in coastal communities.

Anyone heading out to watch the stormy seas is urged to keep their distance to avoid injury from debris thrown from the waves.

Paul Gundersen, Met Office chief forecaster, said: “The unsettled theme continues throughout this week, with further spells of rain moving across the UK from the west as many return to work on Tuesday, and there will again be some snow over the high ground in Scotland.

“The wind will pick up again later on Tuesday and Wednesday as developing Storm Eleanor heads towards the UK and Ireland.

“Storm Eleanor will bring a very windy spell to the UK on Tuesday night and Wednesday with gales or severe gales in places and National Severe Weather Warnings have been issued as there is the potential for some travel disruption, and high waves throwing beach material on to sea fronts, roads and coastal properties, along western and southern coasts.”

Carol Holt, flood duty manager for the Environment Agency, said: “Unsettled weather with strong winds and at times large waves, combined with high tides, could lead to some coastal flooding from Tuesday until Thursday.

“Our frontline teams are on the ground checking defences and may close coastal flood gates this week.

“We urge people to stay safe on the coast – take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades, and don’t put yourself in unnecessary danger trying to take ‘storm selfies’.

“If you’re travelling, please check your route before setting off and don’t drive through flood water.”

There is still a lot of uncertainty over the exact track that the low pressure will take and hence where precisely the strongest winds will be.

Gales with gusts of 60 to 70 mph are likely, whilst some western coastal areas have a chance of seeing gusts of 80 mph.

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