Storm Alex is set to bring wild weather to Devon on Friday (October 2) with downpours and 65mph winds in coastal areas forecast.
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning and a potential 100mm of rain could cause flooding in parts of the county, residents have been told.
A wet weekend is also on the cards with the deluge expected to continue throughout Saturday and into Sunday.
Storm Alex is set to move away on Friday night.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council (DCC) cabinet member for highway management, said: “While it’s not unusual for us to get these conditions at this time of year, this is the first autumn storm of the season and, after such a relatively quiet spell, the forecast storm and weather warnings could take some people by surprise.
“It’s impossible to predict the impact of any storm, but with trees losing their leaves in the strong winds, there’s a chance that drains could get blocked which could lead to surface-water flooding.
“Please take extra care when out on the county’s roads.”
DCC is reminding residents 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.
For more information and travel advice is available here.