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Hurricane strength winds to bring more flood chaos to west

By WMNlynbarton  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

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Storm force waves hitting the collapsed railway line at Dawlish

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Hurricane force winds of up to 80 mph are set to lash the Westcountry whipping up another barrage of towering, damaging waves.

In a forecast to make many a heart sink, the Met Office has warned that the fresh storm hitting the region will deliver a further pummelling.

Emergency services across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset are on stand-by and have warned residents to be on the alert.

A spokeswoman for the Met Office said another grim day weatherwise was on the cards.

“It’s more wet and windy weather,” she said.

“There is a band of rain and gale force winds overnight Friday and into Saturday which could mean winds of 50-60mph inland and 70mph on the coast.

“On Saturday the winds will becoming from the West and there will be some heavy rain showers with possibly between 15-30mm of rain in some areas.”

The spokeswoman said that the winds will be strong, possible reaching speeds of between 70-80mph in the Bristol Channel, which is hurricane force on the Beaufort scale.

During Saturday night, heavy rain will continue to drench the Westcountry and on Sunday, patchy, lighter rain will continue to fall.

Monday should be drier, but the Met Office say this is the calm before yet another storm due to thrash the region.

In Cornwall, Silver Control, which is co-ordinating the flood response, is opening tonight and will reopen tomorrow.

The centre is expected to remain operational throughout the day and into Sunday. Areas most at risk of flooding are Mullion, Newlyn, Looe, Porthleven and Kingsand and Cawsand.

Devon County Council highways teams said they were on standby to deal with further storm damage this weekend.

The north coast of the county could be hit by waves of up to 10 metres and flood warnings were expected to be in force last night for South and East Devon rivers.

There may also be the possibility of icy roads overnight on Saturday and into Sunday morning, which could affect local roads, particularly minor routes which are not on the salting network.

Numerous sections of the coastal footpath also remain closed.

The Environment Agency said severe flood warnings – which means there is a risk to life – remain in place for the Somerset levels today as rain showed no signs of easing.

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  • Jamie225  |  February 09 2014, 6:51PM

    Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now http://tinyurl.com/o6y5w5r - others have been exposing these failings for much longer.

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