Storm batters Exmouth; homes and roads flood.
00:15 05 February 2014
Areas of Exmouth are again under water as huge waves breached the sea wall on Tuesday evening when storm force winds and heavy rain battered the South West. The Met Office has warned there is more to come over the next few days, and into the weekend.
Exmouth seafront on Tuesday night was battered by storm force winds and heavy rain - turning nearby roads into rivers for the second time this week
Devon and Cornwall police warned people to stay at home unless their journey was absolutely necessary.
Motorists and pedestrians are being warned to stay away from Exmouth seafront, and also on Wednesday morning – when large tidal waves are again expected.
Amateur videos taken by Exmouth residents on Tuesday evening show waves washing over the sea wall some two hours before high tide.
St Andrews Road, Victoria Road, Elm Grove, Morton Crescent and Imperial Road are under several inches of water after waves breached the sea wall.
Areas of The Strand have also been affected.
The seafront clock tower has received a power wash, as witness report huge waves were hitting the landmark.
A beach hut was seen floating along Morton Road and man spotted rowing a rubber dinghy along one of the flooded areas of Exmouth.
Residents living in the stricken areas late on Tuesday night appealed for ‘sightseeing’ motorists to stay away – because cars driving through the floods were sending waves of water under doors of properties and garages.
One Elm Grove resident reported two inches of floodwater in her hallway.
The Highways Agency said the B3178 between Colaton Raleigh and Bicton College was flooded.
The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for the South West, overnight, and for the next four days.
• This Evening and Tonight (Tuesday):
Very windy with gales, locally severe around coastal areas. Rain in the southwest will continue northeastwards, becoming heavy at times. Rain will clear to the east through the early hours, with scattered heavy showers following from the west. Minimum Temperature 5 °C.
Showers or longer spells of rain will continue throughout, perhaps heavy in places. It will stay very windy too, with gales at times, severe around coasts. Maximum Temperature 10 °C.
• Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:
Fewer showers and lighter winds initially Thursday, but rain, perhaps heavy, spreading from the south by afternoon, clearing to isolated showers overnight. Turning very wet and windy Friday night onwards.