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Weather warnings across the region as Storm Eleanor approaches

Bob Crampton has the details in the ITV West Country forecast. Photo: ITV West Country

As Storm Eleanor approaches with wild winds and heavy rain, emergency services and flood defences across the region have been preparing.

High tides, rain and powerful winds are expected to hit the West Country and South West over the next 24-48 hours.

In Bridgwater Sedgemoor District Council has installed the flood barrier in Blake Gardens to make sure that the homes in St Saviours Avenue are protected. The barrier will be removed on Friday 5 January.

Bristol City Council is warning that the high tides could lead to flooding on low lying roads near the river and are urging those travelling through these areas to get to work, to consider alternative routes.

Bristol City Council’s Highways, Traffic, Marine Services and Civil Protection Unit teams will be closely monitoring the situation, particularly around the outbound lane on the Portway, Cattlemarket Road and Crews Hole Road which may experience flooding between 7:30am and 8:30am. The highest tide is expected at 7:55am tomorrow and traffic management measures will implemented if required.

– Bristol City Council spokesperson
The flood alerts in the South West at 7.20pm on Tuesday 2 January. Credit: www.floodalerts.com

In Cheltenham, severe weather has already caused damage to memorials at the cemetery and crematorium. Fallen branches from cedar trees there have blocked one of the roads to the chapels. Contractors are already assessing the damage and preparing for the repair work.

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The Environment Agency is warning of winds up to 80mph, high tides and large waves. Areas along the north coast of Devon and Cornwall, and the Isles of Scilly could be affected from Tuesday 2 until Thursday 4 January.

Incident rooms in Devon and Cornwall have been opened, flood warnings issued and the Environment Agency's field teams are checking and closing flood gates.

We urge people to stay safe on the coast – take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades, and don’t put yourself in unnecessary danger trying to take ‘storm selfies.’ If you’re travelling, please check your route before setting off and don’t drive through flood water.

– Ben Johnstone, Area Flood & Coastal Risk Manager

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