Re­gion braced for a bat­ter­ing by storms

Warn­ing of 70mph winds, heavy rain

Western Morning News - - Front Page - BY KEITH ROSSITER

Road and rail traf­fic was fac­ing the threat of dis­rup­tion to­day as the West­coun­try braced for high winds and heavy rain.

The Ta­mar bridge is ex­pected to be sub­ject to lane clo­sures and ve­hi­cle re­stric­tions when a 11-hour storm hits Devon, and Corn­wall, with winds up to 70mph, rain­storms and flood­ing.

Cross­Coun­try Trains ser­vices be­tween Ex­eter and New­ton Ab­bot were dis­rupted again yes­ter­day, and the com­pany warned of pos­si­ble dis­rup­tion again to­day – af­ter the line was closed for much of Wed­nes­day be­cause of spray com­ing over the sea wall at Dawlish.

Road and rail traf­fic was fac­ing the threat of dis­rup­tion to­day as the West­coun­try braced for high winds and heavy rain.

The Ta­mar bridge is ex­pected to be sub­ject to lane clo­sures and ve­hi­cle re­stric­tions when a 11-hour storm hits Devon, and Corn­wall to­day, with winds up to 70mph, rain­storms and flood­ing.

Cross­Coun­try Trains ser­vices be­tween Ex­eter and New­ton Ab­bot were dis­rupted again yes­ter­day, and the com­pany warned of pos­si­ble dis­rup­tion again to­day.

For a time on Wed­nes­day the line was closed to all ser­vices, in­clud­ing GWR, whose trains are usu­ally able to cope with the spray com­ing over the sea wall at Dawlish.

GWR also said that due to fore­casted se­vere weather be­tween Ex­eter St Davids and New­ton Ab­bot some lines were blocked yes­ter­day. Dis­rup­tion was ex­pected un­til 8.30pm yes­ter­day, with re­place­ment bus ser­vices laid on.

The Ta­mar Bridge & Tor­point Ferry Com­mit­tee, which man­ages the Ta­mar bridge, has warned that lane and ve­hi­cle re­stric­tions are likely to be put in place to­day, caus­ing long de­lays for mo­torists.

De­lays on the bridge are likely to be made worse by prob­lems on the Tor­point Ferry. Ferry main­te­nance prob­lems have left driv­ers stuck for hours, of­ten with only one ferry op­er­at­ing dur­ing the busiest pe­ri­ods.

The Isles of Scilly Sky­bus was can­celled yes­ter­day be­cause of the weather.

Travel warn­ings come af­ter the Met Of­fice is­sued an up­dated 11-hour “Yel­low” weather alert for all of the South West, be­tween 1pm and mid­night to­day.

Cross­Coun­try Trains said last night: “We cur­rently ex­pect that ser­vices may not be able to op­er­ate be­tween New­ton Ab­bot and Ex­eter St Davids, be­tween 4.30pm and 9.30pm. We are con­stantly mon­i­tor­ing the weather con­di­tions for up­dates and, once we have more in­for­ma­tion, we will up­date with ad­vice, in­clud­ing al­ter­na­tive travel ar­range­ments.” Cus­tomers who trav­elled yes­ter­day and were sub­se­quently de­layed by 30 min­utes or more may be en­ti­tled to com­pen­sa­tion. Al­ter­na­tively, cus­tomers who do not travel and do not use their tick- ets due to the dis­rup­tion, can ap­ply for a full re­fund for their un­used tick­ets from their point of pur­chase, with­out an ad­min­is­tra­tion charge.”

Weather watch­ers South­west Storm Chasers warned peo­ple to stay away from cliff edges, sea fronts and coastal paths as “there is dan­ger to life”. Its face­book page said: "Rain will be ac­com­pa­nied by strong winds with gusts of 35mph to 50mph pos­si­ble in­land – and per­haps 60mph to 70mph around some coasts.”

The Met Of­fice said: “A band of heavy rain is ex­pected to move east dur­ing Fri­day with widely 15-25mm of rain fall­ing and per­haps 50mm over higher ground. This will be in ad­di­tion to other spells of heavy rain ear­lier in the week af­fect­ing a sim­i­lar area. Rain will be ac­com­pa­nied by strong winds with gusts of 50mph pos­si­ble in­land and per­haps 60mph around some coasts.”

‘Rain will be ac­com­pa­nied by strong winds with gusts of 50mph’

Met Of­fice

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