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Storm Evert: Strong winds expected across Devon overnight

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Devon County Council is advising people to take extra care when travelling with Storm Evert due to hit the region this evening (Thursday July 29).

A Met Office Yellow Warning of strong winds will be in force across the region from 8pm tonight until around midday on Friday, with gusts of up to 65 mph possible in coastal areas and on higher ground and moorland, possibly accompanied by rain.

In Devon the strongest winds are expected between 9pm tonight and 7am Friday morning.

The winds are likely to cause damage to some buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, and there may be fallen trees on the roads and flying debris is possible.

Damage to temporary outdoor structures, such as tents, is also possible.

Longer journey times should be expected and road, rail, air, and ferry services may be affected Some roads and bridges could close.

There is the possibility of power cuts with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

Danger to life is likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “We would urge people to take extra care when out and about from this evening and take extreme care if driving.

“These unseasonal storms are likely to create challenging conditions and there could be fallen trees and debris on the roads along with the risk of localised flooding.

“With thousands of visitors in the county at the moment, people staying at campsites should be aware of the risk of the forecast strong winds and we would urge people not to ‘storm-watch’ on seafront areas.”

Devon County Council is reminding people of the following advice:

  • When the wind is at its peak, consider if your journey is really necessary, and be alert to weather warnings.
  • Be alert to fallen trees and branches, particularly on minor roads where they may not have been reported; Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible
  • Allow additional time for your journey.
  • Reduce your speed and leave more space between you and the vehicle in front; drive with care and according to the conditions.

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