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Devon on alert for Storm Alex

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Posted on: 1 October 2020

Devon County Council is reminding people to be aware of the change in the weather, with Storm Alex due to hit the region tomorrow.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for wind and rain, which is expected to be heavy and persistent throughout tomorrow (Friday), as the weather system named by Meteo-France reaches the south west. Wind speeds could reach around 65mph in coastal areas.

While the storm is forecast to move away on Friday night, a Yellow Weather Warning from the Met Office remains in force for rain as it’s set to be a wet weekend. Widespread heavy rain is expected to continue throughout Saturday and into Sunday. There is the potential for up to 100mm of rain which could cause flooding issues in parts of the county.

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Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “While it’s not unusual for us to get these conditions at this time of year, this is the first autumn storm of the season and after such a relatively quiet spell, the forecast storm and weather warnings could take some people by surprise. It’s impossible to predict the impact of any storm but with trees losing their leaves in the strong winds, there’s a chance that drains could get blocked which could lead to surface water flooding. Please take extra care when out on the county’s roads.”

Devon County Council is reminding people of the following advice:

• Avoid overnight travel unless absolutely essential as roads will always be more hazardous at night with poorer visibility;

• Be alert to fallen trees and branches, particularly on minor roads where they may not have been reported;

• When the wind is at its peak, consider if your journey is really necessary, and be alert to weather warnings;

• Never drive through floodwater or swollen flowing water, you don’t know how deep it is. Find an alternative route;

• Allow additional time for your journey;

• Reduce your speed and leave more space between you and the vehicle in front;

• Drive with care and according to the conditions.

For more information and travel advice from Devon County Council visit www.devon.gov.uk/winter_travel or for updates on Twitter follow @DevonAlert

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