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Update: North Devon escapes first brush with ‘Hercules 2’

08:24 01 February 2014

Coastal communities have so far been spared the worst battering of Hercules 2, unlike this scene from early January. Picture: Charmain Lovett.

Coastal communities have so far been spared the worst battering of Hercules 2, unlike this scene from early January. Picture: Charmain Lovett.

Charmain Lovett

Major warnings remain in place, but the region appears to have emerged more or less unscathed from Saturday morning’s high tides.

NORTH Devon appears to have escaped without major incident during high tides this morning (Saturday).

Severe flood warnings – meaning there could be ‘danger to life’ – had been issued for the coastline from Ilfracombe to Lynmouth, but currently no major problems had been reported.

In Ilfracombe the tide this morning was 10.1 metres. A little water washed over the harbour wall at the Quay and Cheyne Beach was awash, with some reasonably big waves to satisfy the early morning storm chasers gathered on Lantern Hill.

A beachside railing was bent askew by the beach at Hele Bay.

In Combe Martin, police cordoned off the main beach entrance and kept a watchful eye on proceedings, but all was relatively quiet.

There are currently reports of deep flooding at Westleigh on the B3233 Road at Instow.

All eyes now turn to this evening’s high tide, which although slightly smaller looks set to build as it is driven by increasing south west winds.

The Met Office has forecast winds of 20 to 30mph, gusting up to 50mph in the North Devon area later this afternoon and into this evening.

Severe flood warnings remain in place for Westward Ho!, Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and Lynmouth areas.

* Send your storm and flooding pictures or reports to newsdesk@northdevongazette.co.uk

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