At 1802 on 17th February 2022, Devon County Council issued a bulletin warning that widespread disruption is likely across Devon tomorrow (Friday 18th February) as a result of Storm Eunice:
EXTREMELY STRONG WINDS ONLY TRAVEL IF ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY
Storm Eunice: ‘extremely strong winds’ to peak on Friday and continue over weekend
Widespread disruption is likely across Devon tomorrow (Friday 18 February) as the south west is expected to be battered by gale force winds caused by Storm Eunice.
Peak ‘Red Warning’ winds of up to 80 miles per hour inland and 90 miles per hour in coastal areas are likely from 7.00am – 12.00 noon, while an Amber Alert is currently in place until 6.00pm on Saturday, with strong winds set to last over the weekend.
Stay safe and only travel if absolutely necessary
We’re advising people to only go out during Storm Eunice if absolutely necessary as there’s a high chance that conditions will be quite unsafe, so please delay your journey if you can.
If you do absolutely have to travel, slow down, allow extra time and drive according to the conditions.
Such strong winds may well lead to fallen trees or branches and other debris on the roads, so be alert, particularly on minor roads where they may not have been reported.
Avoid overnight travel as roads will always be more hazardous at night with poorer visibility so it’s harder to see debris.
Remember, never drive through floodwater or swollen flowing water, you don’t know how deep it is. Find a safe, alternative route.
Extremely strong winds, large waves and high tides means there’s a severe threat of flooding along our coastline, so please stay away as beach debris is likely to be thrown onto seafronts, coastal roads and properties.
In the event of flooding, you can speak to a trained operator 24 hours a day seven days a week via
They can offer you immediate advice on flood risk, and what to do before, during and after a flood.
Damage to buildings and homes is likely, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down. Roads, bridges and railway lines are likely to close, with delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights.
In the event of a power cut, please call 105.
including what you can take to keep yourself safe until the problem is fixed.
The high winds are likely to result in the temporary closure of Taw Bridge, Barnstaple. Other bridges may also be affected. Wind speeds are being constantly monitored, so please check before you travel. If you must travel during a bridge closure please plan your journey, find a safer alternative route, and leave extra time.
The bulletin also contains links to information about school closures and school transport changes, as well as what to do in the event of a flood or power cut.
Devon County Council also offers continuous updates via their social media channels: