Updates: Take care in North Devon tonight as high winds are forecast

Monday, December 23, 2013
12:32 PM

Police and highways warn motorists to take extra care when driving on flooded roads. Keep checking back for travel updates.

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UPDATE 5.01pm: Devon County Council reports a landslip has partially blocked Loxhore Cross at West Buckland. Plus heavy surface water reported from Yeo Vale Bridge to Yeo Bridge Cross at Littleham.

UPDATE 5pm: Police and agencies across the region continue to monitor the severe weather, with wind and rain expected to intensify across the region, especially in Devon, from 7pm tonight (Monday).

Heavy rain and further high winds are predicted until the early hours of Tuesday.

Environment Agency Flood Warnings exist on rivers across Devon and large waves are expected to hit the region’s coastline – particularly at high tide, which tonight at Ilfracombe is 9.29pm.

Motorists are advised to drive according to road conditions and slow speeds. Surface water is likely to be a particular hazard, as is road spray. Head lamps should be dipped and fog lights turned off.

Drivers should also not attempt to drive through flood water and take extra care if driving on coastal roads where sea waves and spray may be a hazard.

The latest information will be broadcast by the Met Office and Environment Agency. Keep a look out on Twitter @metoffice for the latest information.

UPDATE 3.51pm: Barnstaple to Exeter trains running again, but ‘may be cancelled or delayed by up to 45 mins at short notice’. FGW reports the 5.08pm service from Barnstaple is currently on time. Please do check with your operator before travelling today.

UPDATE 2.21pm: The A377 is blocked Exeter bound near Copplestone due to a fallen tree.

UPDATE 12.40pm: Western Power Distribution have reported a power cut in Braunton, Knowle, Marwood and the surrounding areas. The company said in a tweet today that it aimed to have supplies restored by 6pm.

UPDATE 12.28pm: Appledore inshore lifeboat launched following reports of a boat adrift in the River Torridge.

UPDATE 12.27pm: Barnstaple-bound traffic currently backed up to Pottington.

UPDATE 12.20pm: Reports from First Great Western indicate the railway line between Barnstaple and Exeter is blocked due to flooding. Some limited road transport is available. Please check with operator before travelling.

NORTH Devon remains on flood watch today (Mon) as the region is battered with heavy rain and strong winds.

An amber weather warning for rain remains in place across the region until 9am tomorrow (Christmas Eve) as well as a yellow warning for wind.

The Environment Agency has also issued low level flood warnings for Braunton, Barnstaple and Combe Martin and the lower River Taw area.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “A deep area of low pressure will sweep an active frontal system across England and Wales on Monday.

“This will bring 20-40 mm rainfall quite widely, with over 60 mm likely across parts of the high ground of southern England and South Wales.

“Falling onto saturated ground, this will bring the risk of both surface water and river flooding.

“Meanwhile, south to south-westerly winds will increase with gusts 70-80 mph likely around exposed coasts, particularly along the English Channel.

“Further inland, gusts of 50-60 mph are likely through the amber area, with a lower risk of gusts reaching 70 mph - more especially across southeast England during the evening.”

Check back for more updates as we have them. If you spot any flooding your area, email sarah.howells@archant.co.uk.

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