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- Flooding and landslip block rail route to Exeter
- Powerful gales hit region
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RT @FgwLee: The Westcountry is now completely isolated. Rail Line closed at Dawlish, Crewkerne, Taunton and Bridgwater. Don't travel unless…— @bassetnormand 08 February 2014
RT @kingsbridgeinfo: Interesting picture from the Illustrated London News, "Damage to the South Devon Railway, near Dawlish" - March 1855! …— @LynnBaileyPrint 08 February 2014
Plymouth at the front of the storm #weather #thehoe #plymouth http://t.co/WQlrwRUMD2— @daniellebellamy 08 February 2014
RT @carlaedgcumbe: In spite of the stormy weather, #Plymouth is #openforbusiness— @Writing_Painter 08 February 2014
Plymouth's police chief inspector says everything all looks OK, big waves but not the damage they expected. Expect Silver will close soon
Silver command Plymouth says Hoe Road, has been reopened to the public. Grand Parade remains shut - risk of flying debris
If you're thinking of going to or from Devon or Cornwall by train - don't. Lines are blocked at Dawlish, Castle Cary and Crewkerne.— @southdownsvg 08 February 2014
Kingsand, Cornwall takes a battering. Hopefully the town still exists right now! http://t.co/S83zN4ma64— @ytfcbadger 08 February 2014
There are real concerns for a clock tower that has stood in Kingsand for decades. Its base is gradually being... http://t.co/n1uEWwd0m2— @88Kits88 08 February 2014
RT @DominicHurst: Waves pound the damaged seafront at Kingsand #Cornwall. #ukstorm #cornwallstorm no new damage tho http://t.co/aQOZ2VTBhr— @AndyFeltz 08 February 2014
Slapton Memorial car park closed
Due to adverse weather conditions the Slapton Memorial car park is now closed until further notice.
During recent storms the car park has lost the seaward wall which has resulted in some undermining of the car park. For the safety of motorists and visitors the car park will remain closed until essential works have been carried out.
A landslide at Crewkerne has blocked the railyway line and a severe flood warning has been issued for Weymouth .
The latest forecasts from the Environment Agency are showing that Cornwall is experiencing winds of up to 80 mph along the coasts, with wind speeds of 50 – 60 mph reported inland. The winds are expected to turn westerly this afternoon and overnight into Sunday. There are still flood alerts in place on the West and North Cornwall Rivers and at the Upper Tamar and the River Lynher.
Crews from Highways and Environment service have been at the site of all the key risk areas since earlier this morning carrying out inspections of the sea defences which had previously suffered damage from the storms. With high tide now past, there have been no reports of significant coastal flooding. So far all the temporary repairs at harbours and other coastal defences appear to be holding and the areas have not suffered any further damage.
The temporary repairs carried out at the Clock Tower at Kingsand also appear to be holding and there has been no further damage at Seaton or in the Penzance and Newlyn Green areas where the rock armour and other temporary defences are holding.
There were reports of minor over topping of the waves at Porthleven, with the police having to close some access roads because of the large number of people wanting to travel to the area to look at the waves. All the agencies continue to advise people to stay away from areas which could be at risk.
Journey times to Devon and Cornwall are being extended because of the problems at Dawlish - http://t.co/OBJIkBrtPF has more details.— @FGW 08 February 2014
RT @PalmFmNews: A Flood Warning remains in place for the South Devon coast from Start Point to Dawlish Warren.— @cafealfresco 08 February 2014
The @FGW line through #Dawlish and #Teignmouth to #Plymouth during calmer, yet amazing skies, days. #Beautiful http://t.co/R6Wd5C7c5g— @CAWSW 08 February 2014
Police and partner agencies across Devon and Cornwall are continuing to prepare for severe weather set to hit the region today.
Multi-agency co-ordination centres will open today in Exeter, Plymouth and Truro to deal with any weather related issues.
Latest advice from the Met Office suggests a further spell of rain and high winds late on Saturday morning, into Saturday afternoon.
Police are asking all road users to drive appropriately and be prepared to face standing water and road debris – particularly on more rural routes.
Due to current difficulties on the region’s rail infrastructure, main routes across Devon and Cornwall are expected to be busier this weekend as people take to roads rather than rail to travel.
Chair of the Devon and Cornwall Local Resilience Forum, Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton, spoke to Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday evening and will further update COBR nationally later on Friday.
Assistant Chief Constable Netherton said: “The impact on Devon and Cornwall has been huge and I have spoken on behalf of the Local Resilience Forum to make the Prime Minister aware of the challenges we face as a region.
“This weekend is due to be another test for us, but I’m confident that as a multi-agency effort we have the skills and ability to keep Devon and Cornwall safe and moving.”
High waves are expected once again, particularly around the southern coastline of Devon and Cornwall, with serious dangers to anyone standing or in a vehicle near to coastal promenades and beaches.
The Environment Agency is also continuing to warn of potential for river flooding across Devon in particular.
Mr Netherton added: “Our own staff within the police and that of other agencies have performed fantastically in the last week and will continue too over the weekend and into what is an unsettled period of weather next week.
“I’d ask members of the public to do what they can to not put themselves at risk – particularly on the coast.”
All the latest information can be found on Twitter at @metoffice and @EnvAgencySW