Safety warning with Storm Eunice set to batter Devon with winds up to 80mph

Gusts of up to 80mph are expected to batter Devon when Storm Eunice arrives in the county later this week.

The South West is set to be hit by gale-force gusts from midnight to mid-morning on Friday, February 18.

The Met Office escalated its Yellow Wind Warning for the region, issued on Tuesday, to Amber. And now a Red warning has been issued for northern Devon and it’s coastline.

Winds in coastal areas are expected to be the strongest, reaching 60-70mph possible over ‘a reasonably large area’.

Gusts could reach as high as 80mph, even inland, and Devon County Council (DCC) is warning this lead to travel disruption.

Flying debris, fallen trees, damage to buildings and homes, roofs being blown off and power lines being brought down are all possible.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC cabinet member for highway management, said: “Storm Eunice will make travelling conditions difficult for much of Friday morning so please take extra care when travelling.

“The forecast of such strong winds could lead to fallen trees or branches, and other debris could make surfaces slippery or possibly block drains.

“If possible, postpone your journey until conditions improve and if you do have to travel, slow down, allow extra time for your journey and drive according to the conditions.

“Keep an eye on travel updates and weather forecasts and please plan your journey.”

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;
  • Consider if your journey is essential 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 and leave plenty of room if you’re overtaking;
  • Drive with care and according to the conditions.

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