PHOTOS: Huge waves and trees topple as Storm Eunice hits East Devon

Trees have toppled, waves have battered the coast and tiles have been ripped from roofs by gale-force winds as Storm Eunice battered East Devon today (Friday, February 18). 

A number of schools were shut and rail services suspended as the Met Office issued an Amber Wind Warning for the area.

Warnings were also issued for people to stay away from the coastline and to only travel if absolutely necessary.

Fallen trees blocked several roads.

Huge waves crash into Exmouth dockside. Image: John Sumner

Huge waves crash into Exmouth dockside. Image: John Sumner

A fallen tree on the B3180 road from Woodbury Common to Exmouth. Image: Councillor Richard Scott

A fallen tree on the B3180 road from Woodbury Common to Exmouth. Image: Councillor Richard Scott

A fallen tree on the B3180 road from Woodbury Common to Exmouth. Image: Councillor Richard Scott

A fallen tree on the B3180 road from Woodbury Common to Exmouth. Image: Councillor Richard Scott

A fallen tree on the road between East Hill and Hare and Hounds pub between Ottery and Honiton. Image: Jenna Bailey

A fallen tree on the road between East Hill and Hare and Hounds pub between Ottery and Honiton. Image: Jenna Bailey

A fallen tree on the road between East Hill and Hare and Hounds pub between Ottery and Honiton. Image: Jenna Bailey

A fallen tree on the road between East Hill and Hare and Hounds pub between Ottery and Honiton. Image: Jenna Bailey

A fallen tree on the road between East Hill and Hare and Hounds pub between Ottery and Honiton. Image: Jenna Bailey

A fallen tree on the road between East Hill and Hare and Hounds pub between Ottery and Honiton. Image: Jenna Bailey

Police closed Dowell Street in Honiton due to 'loose and falling tiles'. It was reopened once they were clear. Image: Derek Appleton

Police closed Dowell Street in Honiton due to ‘loose and falling tiles’. It was reopened once they were clear. Image: Derek Appleton

Police closed Dowell Street in Honiton due to 'loose and falling tiles'. It was reopened once they were clear. Image: Derek Appleton

Police closed Dowell Street in Honiton due to ‘loose and falling tiles’. It was reopened once they were clear. Image: Derek Appleton

Police closed Dowell Street in Honiton due to 'loose and falling tiles'. It was reopened once they were clear. Image: Derek Appleton

Police closed Dowell Street in Honiton due to ‘loose and falling tiles’. It was reopened once they were clear. Image: Derek Appleton

Police closed Dowell Street in Honiton due to 'loose and falling tiles'. It was reopened once they were clear. Image: Derek Appleton

Police closed Dowell Street in Honiton due to ‘loose and falling tiles’. It was reopened once they were clear. Image: Derek Appleton

Police closed Dowell Street in Honiton due to 'loose and falling tiles'. It was reopened once they were clear. Image: Derek Appleton

Police closed Dowell Street in Honiton due to ‘loose and falling tiles’. It was reopened once they were clear. Image: Derek Appleton

Police closed Dowell Street in Honiton due to 'loose and falling tiles'. It was reopened once they were clear. Image: Derek Appleton

Police closed Dowell Street in Honiton due to ‘loose and falling tiles’. It was reopened once they were clear. Image: Derek Appleton

Blustery conditions on Exmouth beach. Image: Kim Hakewill

Blustery conditions on Exmouth beach. Image: Kim Hakewill

Damage to a roof in Morton Road, Exmouth. Image: Dilly Lee

Damage to a roof in Morton Road, Exmouth. Image: Dilly Lee

A fallen tree in Sidmouth. Image: contributed

A fallen tree in Sidmouth. Image: contributed

A tree hangs precariously over Slade Road in Ottery St Mary. Image: Chris Ironside

A tree hangs precariously over Slade Road in Ottery St Mary. Image: Chris Ironside

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A fallen tree across the road at Rockbeare Hill.
Photo: Rebekka Partridge.

In a joint statement, South Western Railway and Network Rail said: “Gusts of more than 90mph wind have caused multiple incidents across the SWR network today, with 30 fallen trees already blocking key routes.

“As a result, SWR services have been suspended until at least 18.00 and we strongly urge customers not to travel at this time. We are working hard to restore services, but ask customers to make alternative travel plans if they can.

“Customers should regularly check the ‘Plan my journey’ page on SWR’s website, which will be updated with the latest information every hour.

“We would like to apologise to our customers for the impact this will have on their journeys, but – as always – our primary concern is the safety and welfare of customers and colleagues out on the network.”

 

Damage in Woolbrook Road, Sidmouth. Image: Ed Blockley

Going…Damage in Woolbrook Road, Sidmouth. Image: Ed Blockley

Damage in Woolbrook Road, Sidmouth. Image: Ed Blockley

Going… Image: Ed Blockley

Damage in Woolbrook Road, Sidmouth. Image: Ed Blockley

Gone… Image: Ed Blockley

Schools shut and warning to stay away from East Devon seafronts and avoid travelling in ‘perilous’ conditions as Storm Eunice blows in

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