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Strong winds and heavy showers have cause problems on the M5 Northbound. There are delays between between J31 A30 (Exminster) and J29 A30 (Exeter / Honiton), J22 A38 / B3140 (Burnham-On-Sea) and J21 A370 / B3440 (Weston-Super-Mare) and J19 A369 (Portishead) and J16 A38 (Aztec West).
Devon County Council say their their highways teams have been busy overnight because of strong winds and heavy rain.
The County was hit by storms yesterday with gales of up to 60mph and downpours affecting local roads.
The Council’s Highway Operations Control Centre dealt with reports of more than 50 trees and branches down and eight flooding incidents between yesterday afternoon and this morning [Friday].
The County Council says all major roads are now open but branches and debris may still be affecting minor roads. People are being warned to drive with care, particularly on rural roads where some problems may not yet have been reported.
From weatherman Bob Crampton:
"Rough seas on North Cornwall coast this morning. Wind has died a little - still strong and blustery though. Dry in this part of the region even some brightness".
Helen Chivers from the Met Office warns that weather conditions will make travelling difficult tonight and cause widespread problems.
A yachtsman has been rescued by the Royal Navy’s Cornwall-based Search and Rescue squadron.
The 54 year old abandoned his yacht in stormy seas. He was winched from the sea by the helicopter crew.
The South West is expected to be hit by heavy winds and rain later (Thursday). Click here for more details.
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A yachtsman has been rescued after he had to abandon his yacht in the Atlantic