STORM CALLUM warning to avoid coastal roads and don’t wave watch as the storm continues to batter Devon, hitting Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton seafronts
PUBLISHED: 13:01 12 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:05 12 October 2018
Motorists are being warned to avoid coastal roads, including Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton seafronts - and to not go wave watching as Storm Callum batters Devon.
Winds of more than 70mph and up to a week’s worth of rain falling in a few hours is causing disruption on the county’s roads.
Devon County Council said trees have fallen down and are blocking roads in Teignmouth, Pyworthy, Holcombe, Exeter, Feniton, Tavistock, Bovey Tracey, Okehampton, and Shute.
And there is flooding on Exmouth seafront and at Cavalier Road in Heathfield.
High winds, surface flooding and debris will batter Devon on Friday and over the weekend.
Forecasters predict there could be a total of up to 40mm of rainfall on Friday and Saturday in southwest Devon and up to 14mm on the south and southwest facing slopes of Dartmoor.
Devon County Council is urging people to stay away from exposed coastal areas and are strongly advising people not to go wave watching.
A council spokesperson said: “Be alert to the possibility of falling branches, fallen trees and landslips, especially on rural roads and coastal routes, and to take care on exposed bridges. Drivers are advised to stay on the major road network if possible.”
Cllr Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management, said: “With the stormy weather forecasted, travelling conditions may be difficult across the county but especially in the southwest of the county.
“It could cause delays and disruption overnight, tomorrow and Sunday.
“Drains may not be able to cope with high levels of rainfall, so I would urge everyone to be wary of the possibility of surface water, longer journey times, and possibly the closure of some routes.
“Please remember not to attempt to drive through closed roads or floodwater and, if conditions are stormy, please keep away from exposed coasts.
“Motorists should drive with caution and remember in wet conditions stopping distances will increase. If people need sandbags they should contact their local district or town council.”
The heaviest rain is predicted to arrive from midnight on Friday, through to Saturday evening.
The county council is warning people to be alert be alert to the possibility of falling branches, fallen trees and landslips, especially on rural roads and coastal routes, and to take care on exposed bridges.
Drivers are advised to stay on the major road network if possible.
Flybe has scrapped all flights in and out of the county until this afternoon.
Today’s weather warning lasts until midnight. The Met Office says to expect road, rail, air and ferry delays as well as delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed bridges.
There could be power cuts, and also possible spray and high waves along sea fronts.