Devon wild weather warning with Storm Jorge set to bring heavy rain and 60mph winds

Devon residents have been warned that more storm conditions are on the way – with heavy rain and strong winds forecast.

Highways chiefs are urging motorists to take care on the county’s roads as the predicted deluge and gusts of 60mph loom.

The Met Office has issued a Yellow Warning for heavy rain from 3am tomorrow (Friday, February 28) until 6am on Saturday.

A further Yellow Warning for strong winds has been issued from noon on Saturday until noon on Sunday.

Storm Jorge, named by the Spanish meteorological service, is expected to bring downpours that will see more than an inch of rain fall on Friday evening.

Winds could reach up to 60mph on Sunday.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council (DCC) cabinet member for highway management, said: “There seems to be no let-up from the rain, so this latest storm could lead to disruption on our roads.

“Although the forecast rainfall may not be as severe as previous storms, the rain will be falling on saturated ground, so there is a risk that it could lead to surface water and flooding.

“With the combination of heavy rain and strong winds, we would remind people to continue taking extra care and to be aware of the conditions.”

DCC is reminding people of the following advice:

  • Avoid overnight travel unless absolutely essential as roads will always be more hazardous at night with poorer visibility;
  • Be alert to fallen trees and branches, particularly on minor roads where they may not have been reported;
  • When the wind is at its peak, consider if your journey is really necessary, and be alert to weather warnings;
  • Never drive through floodwater or swollen flowing water, you don’t know how deep it is. Find an alternative route;
  • 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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