/Heavy rainfall warning as fresh wave of Storm Ciara to hit

Heavy rainfall warning as fresh wave of Storm Ciara to hit

A new warning has been issued ahead of the evening high tides in Devon as Storm Ciara continues to lash the county with wind and rain.

Devon County Council’s Highways and Emergency Planning team warned: “Heavy rain now setting in. Alongside the trees and debris from continued wind, expect surface water, deep puddles and localised flooding.

“High tides a few hours away will also bring coastal surges.”

The warning follows a day of extreme weather causing damage across the South West.

In Devon the gusts peaked at 120kph (about 75mph) at the Berry Head weather station.

The highest wind speed of the day was gusts of 97mph at The Needles off the Isle of Wight.

The Ley Arms thatched pub beside the A38 at Kenn was evacuated by the fire brigade after a tree came down on their gas containers.

Waves strike Plymouth Hoe
(Image: Jon Hicks)

Devon County Council has been dealing with dozens of trees blocking minor and major roads since 9am and Western Power is still fighting to restore electricity to hundreds of homes in the region. There have been problems on the M5 with flooding on slip roads and objects blown on to the carriageway and causing obstructions.

Flybe has cancelled some flights into Exeter Airport during a day of serious travel disruption across the South West, with delays and cancellations on ferries, trains and buses.

In Plymouth, one woman was rescued from a cliff at Jennycliff and the Tamar Bridge has been closed to high-sided vehicles, while Saltram and Chelson Meadow Recycling Centre were both closed.

Tree blocking road between Filleigh and Swimbridge in North Devon
Tree blocking road between Filleigh and Swimbridge in North Devon
(Image: Sian Girling)

And in Cornwall, a roof flew off a house and landed in the road near St Austell, while a tree also came down on the nearby A390, blocking the road.

Emergency services warned people to stay indoors as Storm Ciara hit.

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