Warning as high winds and rain batter Devon – with 80mph gusts forecast

Residents are being urged to take extra care when travelling as high winds and rain batter parts of Devon tonight (Monday) – and gusts of up to 80mph forecast. 

Wild weather sweeping through the county is expected to last until midnight and into tomorrow.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for the remainder of today and from noon to midnight on Tuesday (January 14).

Dunsford Road, by Exonia Park in Exeter, is currently closed due to a large fallen tree.

Tomorrow, gusts of 80mph are forecast in some parts – with the worst of the weather conditions expected over high ground, particularly Dartmoor and Exmoor.

Heavy rain is expected to pass through the county with similar conditions forecast tomorrow.

Coastal areas may take the brunt of the wind, but there is the possibility of localised flooding and some trees may be brought down, the county council has warned.

High-sided vehicles or trailers should be driven with extra care in these conditions, says the authority.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management, said: “We won’t know what the full impact of the weather will be this evening and overnight.

“Please give yourself plenty of time for your journey tonight and tomorrow in case the weather impacts on the roads.

“The wind could be strong enough to cause damage so please be aware of the possibility of encountering fallen trees, and the potential of debris on the roads and the possibility of flooding.

“Problems such as landslips or fallen trees and branches are least likely to be reported on minor roads so people travelling on rural roads should take extra care.”

For more information and to stay up to date on any issues on Devon’s roads follow @Devon Alert on Twitter.

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