Severe flood warnings in place for areas of North Devon as region prepares for high tides and stormy weather.
COASTAL areas of North Devon have been placed under a severe flood warning today (Thurs) and tomorrow.
The warnings issued by the Environment Agency comes as the region prepares for high winds and wet conditions alongside very high tides.
This morning coastal and tidal areas between Hartland Point and Lynmouth, including the Taw and Torridge Estuary, were under a low level flood alert.
But this afternoon the warnings for the low lying areas on the River Taw and on the Taw and Torridge Estuary were upgraded to severe.
Tonight, Castle Quay at Barnstaple was flooded as the high tide slopped over the riverside walkway, with the owners of several parked cars lucky as the waters stopped just short of their vehicles.
Areas which could also be affected by the tides include Bishops Tawton and Lake, and Instow, Appledore, Fremington, Muddlebridge, Braunton Marsh, Velator, Wrafton, Chivenor and Yelland.
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “Widespread flood warnings and severe flood warnings will be in force.
“High spring tides and significant surge combined with large waves from the south west will lead to flooding at numerous locations.
“The worst effects will be on coasts that face a south-westerly direction.
“The Environment Agency is working with our professional partners to make necessary preparations.”
Tomorrow (Fri) the region is under a yellow weather warning for wind as the region prepares for stormy weather to hit.
A spokesman for the Met Office said: “A developing Atlantic low pressure system is expected to move north-eastwards just to the west of Scotland on Friday.
“This will push further bands of locally heavy rain across the UK and winds will gust to around 60-70 mph over coasts and hills, locally 80 mph along some exposed Irish Sea coasts.
“Inland, gusts up to 50 mph are likely. Lowering pressure will combine with high tides around the UK coastline and bring the risk of some flooding.”
Weather warnings for wind and rain have also been issued for Sunday.
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