Amber weather warning as gales batter South Devon

[see video from this morning here]

The Met Office have issued an Amber warning for the area this morning (13 November) They said:

“A short spell of very strong winds will move north during this morning and early afternoon with severe gales and gusts of 75 mph. The public should be prepared for disruption to transport and for possible damage to trees and buildings.”


The Amber warning lasts until this afternoon, it is then downgraded to a yellow warning until this evening.

“Southerly gales are expected to affect the warning area during Thursday as a small low pressure centre moves north generating an area of severe gales within its circulation. Gusts of 50-60 mph are possible inland and as much as 75 mph along exposed coasts. A short spell of heavy rain, is also likely in these western areas during Thursday. The public should be aware of the risk of some disruption, chiefly from the wind with a lower risk of surface water flooding. This is an update to the earlier dual wind and rain warning to become a wind warning only as this element could produce medium impacts and it should be viewed alongside the recently issued Amber warning.”

Torquay sea front is currently closed as a combination of a high tide (4.4m) and strong winds sent waves crashing over the wall. Please be careful whilst out, the winds can be very strong, stay well back from the waves. Our photographer was shocked at being asked to walk in front of the waves by the photographer from a local paper. It may have made an impressive photograph but is definitely not worth the risk. It seems he got the lady with him to do it instead:

Don't get too close, even for a photo!

Don’t get too close, even for a photo!

Flood alerts have been issued for the area by the environment agency.
To check for alerts in your area, go to: http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood/31618.aspx

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