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Updates: Storms batter North Devon. Again.

17:25 12 February 2014

Waves batter Ilfracombe Pier once again this afternoon (Wednesday) as the next storm moves. Picture: Jay Joachim.

Waves batter Ilfracombe Pier once again this afternoon (Wednesday) as the next storm moves. Picture: Jay Joachim.

Jay Joachim

More dramatic coastal scenes as high tide and strong winds combine to create spectacular waves.

Waves batter Ilfracombe Pier once again this afternoon (Wednesday) as the next storm moves. Picture: Jay Joachim.Waves batter Ilfracombe Pier once again this afternoon (Wednesday) as the next storm moves. Picture: Jay Joachim.

HIGH winds and waves have been battering North Devon once again this afternoon (Wednesday) as the latest storm moves across the region.

Ilfracombe Pier was the scene of more spectacular seas, as show by these pictures taken by Jay Joachim.

So far disruption caused by the severe gales and rain appears to be further inland, however, and Devon County Council has said it has crews out clearing the latest storm damage.

It said a number of roads have been closed due to fallen trees across the county, including Bicclescombe Park Road in Ilfracombe.

Taw Bridge in Barnstaple has been closed to high-sided vehicles as gusts of wind have measured more than 70mph at times, and the A39 Torridge Bridge in Bideford was closed earlier because of an overturned lorry.

Although storm conditions are set to temporarily ease today, road surface temperatures could drop as low as -2.5C on higher ground and the east of the county overnight.

Temperatures across the rest of the county will either be close to freezing or will drop below zero and there is the risk of continual showers, with the possibility of snow or sleet on higher ground.

Gritters will be treating the roads from 5pm and again at 2am in the coldest parts of the county.

“The continuing heavy rain and strong winds are causing yet more disruption across the county and our highways teams are working flat out to keep roads clear and as safe as possible,” said Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management and Flood Prevention.

“What could be equally problematic overnight and into tomorrow morning’s peak travel times are the freezing temperatures. There could be a risk of ice, particularly on minor routes, and people are advised to take extra care when out and about. Avoid travelling overnight if possible, stick to main roads where you can and do not attempt to drive through floodwater.”

Squally showers are expected over the next 36 hours, with the possibility of icy conditions overnight on Thursday. More heavy rain and strong winds are then expected on Friday afternoon, continuing through until Saturday.

For more information on flooding, roads and travel advice visit: www.devon.gov.uk/winter or on Twitter follow @HughHOCC and @Devonroads

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