‘Extremely strong winds’ are expected to hit Devon’s coastlines when Storm Eunice blows in tomorrow (Friday, 18 February).
The Met Office has escalated its Yellow Wind Warning for the region to Amber, with the south west expected to be battered by gale force winds.
Strong winds along with high tides across Devon means coastal flooding is expected, with the worst of the storm hitting the area between 3am and 9pm on Friday.
Residents across East Devon have been warned to stay away from seafronts during the storm - a number of flood gates have been closed as a precautionary measure, including Exmouth's Morton Crescent’s flood gates as well as Mamhead Slipway and the gate by the Clock Tower.
What to expect
There is a good chance that flying debris could result in a danger to life. It is likely there will be falling branches and some uprooted trees.
People are being advised to stay away from coastal paths and coastal areas where there will be large waves and beach debris is likely to be thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.
There is a good chance that power cuts, which could occur and possibly affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.
Roads, bridges and railway lines are likely to close, with delays and cancellations to public transport.
The Met Office says that Eunice may cause ‘significant disruption’ on the county’s roads, and that there is a good chance that flying debris could result in ‘a danger to life.’
Devon’s recycling centres will likely be closed tomorrow (Friday, February 17).
Recycling crews have asked residents to ensure their recycling bins have their lids on, are weighed down so they cannot blow and are tucked against walls and fences where possible. Residents have also been asked to wait until 7am to put them at the kerb side.
Devon County Council is advising people to only travel if absolutely necessary. Wind speeds are being constantly monitored, so please check before you travel. If you must travel please plan your journey and leave extra time.
Teams of tree-surgeons will also be on stand-by to clear any fallen trees on the county’s roads.