Travel disruption expected as Storm Callum batters Devon
PUBLISHED: 11:26 12 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:26 12 October 2018
Motorists are being advised to prepare for disruption on Devon's roads as the region is battered by Storm Callum.
Devon County Council is warning of potential delays and road closures caused by high winds, surface flooding and debris today (Friday, October 12) and over the weekend.
There could be up to 40mm of rainfall on Friday and Saturday in Devon. The heaviest rain is expected from midnight Friday to Saturday evening.
People are advised to avoid exposed coastal areas and are strongly advised not to go wave watching.
The county council is warning people to be alert to the possibility of falling branches, fallen trees and landslips, especially on rural roads and coastal routes, and to take care on exposed bridges.
Drivers are advised to stay on the major road network if possible.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management, said: “With the stormy weather forecasted, travelling conditions may be difficult across the county but especially in the southwest of the county.
“It could cause delays and disruption overnight, tomorrow and Sunday. Drains may not be able to cope with high levels of rainfall, so I would urge everyone to be wary of the possibility of surface water, longer journey times, and possibly the closure of some routes.
“Please remember not to attempt to drive through closed roads or floodwater and, if conditions are stormy, please keep away from exposed coasts. Motorists should drive with caution and remember in wet conditions stopping distances will increase.
“If people need sandbags they should contact their local district or town council.”