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Gale force winds batter the West Country coast

Waves were high at Dawlish, trains got through although a few passengers disembarking were splashed! Credit: ITV West Country

Gale-force winds battered the West Country this morning as there were reports of high waves along the coastlines.

Gale-force winds have battered the West Country with high waves causing problems along much of the coastline.

As 65mph winds struck the region, The Ship and Castle Hotel in St Mawes found its ground floor flooded after the waves were created a powerful force, smashing the windows.

While in Mousehole two cars took the full brunt of the power of the whipped-up waves.

The damage done to the cars in Mousehole Credit: RNLI Penlee

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for wind, while the Environment Agency said there was significant impact from coastal flooding along the south Cornwall coast, and minor flooding was likely in Devon.

Strong winds coincided with the high tides on Sunday morning resulting spray and wave overtopping.

Credit: Pete Sincock

There are 12 flood warnings in place, which means flooding is expected, and immediate action should be taken.

  • South Cornwall Coast from Lands End to Lizard Point excluding Mounts Bay
  • South Cornwall Coast from Lizard Point to Gribbin Head excluding Truro City
  • South Cornwall Coast from Gribbin Head to Rame Head
  • South Cornwall Coast from Rame Head to Wembury Bay including tidal estuaries
  • South Cornwall Coast At Truro
  • South Devon Coast at Topsham and Cockwood
  • South Devon Coast low-lying areas of the Teign Estuary
  • South Devon Coast low-lying areas of the Dart Estuary
  • South Devon Coast from Exmouth to Seaton
  • Plymouth Barbican
  • South Cornwall Coast At Mounts Bay, properties located behind the seafront
  • South Cornwall Coast At Mounts Bay, seafront properties

As a result the Environment Agency, and local councils sandbagged a number of areas most effected.


Trains cancelled or rerouted due to flooding at Dawlish

A number of trains were cancelled, or had routes and timetables altered, this morning because of flooding on the line at Dawlish.

CrossCountry trains, who were the only provider effected, say it is down to the type of train they use, which can experience technical issues if hit by waves.

The Voyager engine is not used by Great Western Railway.

Friends of murdered mother help raise money for her children

Sophie was killed in January last year Credit: ITV News
James McDonald has been jailed for 17 and a half years for the murder of his wife Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of people have brought tickets for a charity ball in Dawlish - which is raising money for three children whose mother was murdered.

Last year 36 year-old Sophie McDonald was strangled by her husband as they were going through a divorce. Her friends have organised the event in February to help provide the children some financial support when they're older, and raise funds for a public memorial.

Trains cancelled and delayed due to severe weather

High waves at Dawlish earlier this week also hit train services between Plymouth and Exeter Credit: ITV News

There are delays and cancellations on CrossCountry services between Plymouth and Exeter St Davids due to the adverse weather conditions.

It follows problems on the line earlier this week due to Storm Frank.

Tickets are being accepted on Great Western Railway services.

Trial begins for Dawlish man accused of strangling his wife

36 year old James McDonald is accused of strangling his wife

A father of three has gone on trial at Exeter Crown Court - accused of strangling his wife before going to pick up their children from school.

James McDonald denies murder but admits he killed his 36-year-old wife Sophie after losing control

Her body was found in January at a property on Iddesleigh Terrace.

James McDonald admits killing his wife Sophie but denies murder


Passengers evacuated after huge wave hits train at Dawlish

The railway line at Dawlish has been hit by storm waves in the past. Credit: ITV West Country

A train heading to Plymouth last night had to be evacuated after it was hit by an enormous wave, causing a power cut.

It took several hours for people to be removed from the Arriva Cross Country service after its electrics failed in Dawlish.

The Dawlish line has been hit by turbulent weather in the past, and was recently repaired after being partly washed away in a storm.

"First Great Western staff were called to help passengers on an Arriva CrossCountry train that had broken down in the Dawlish area last night.

"While the majority of First Great Western services were able to continue running, there were delays to some trains while the CrossCountry service was recovered."

– First Great Western spokesman

Elsewhere in the town, residents were also fighting against the bad weather. Drains were overwhelmed, and at least four houses were flooded.

After the storm: Timelapse of Dawlish repairs finally ending

Job Done: the Orange Army signs off on the repaired railway at Dawlish. Credit: Simon Deane

Over the last few weeks the 'orange army' completed the final milestone in their 18-month project to repair Dawlish's railway line; rebuild and strengthen the sea wall; and carry out cliff stabilisation work at Teignmouth, to prevent any future extreme weather causing the level of damage that occurred last year.

This means for the first time, the full length of the walkway from Dawlish Warren to Teignmouth can be used in both low and high tide.

We've now completed the final stage of our work to rebuild the railway line through Dawlish and improve the area's resilience.

This is a significant milestone in the town's history and so it seems only right we share it with the local community, which is why we have organised this event.

It is also very important to us to be able to thank residents for their patience and support throughout what has been a very complex, multi-site and multi-faceted project.

– Sophie Young, Network Rail's scheme project manager

While Network Rail's work to repair the damage in Dawlish is now complete, the company is continuing its work to secure the future of the railway line between Exeter and Newton Abbot.

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