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Over 16,000 homes now without power

Thousands of homes without power Credit: Western Power

Over 16 thousand homes are now without power across Cornwall and Devon after Storm Imogen batters the south west.

Western Power teams have worked all through the morning to restore supplies to hundreds of homes.

Earlier in the day four thousand homes were without power.

6,499
homes without power in Cornwall
10,886
homes without power in Devon

Some of our customers are currently experiencing power supply problems following high wind which has damaged some of our overhead power equipment.

Forward planning, following advanced Met Office weather predictions, means that our operational depots have been open from first light and we also have in place additional operational and engineering staff, and extra Contact Centre staff available to take customer calls.

Where weather has permitted, our Helicopter Unit has also been on hand to further pinpoint damage caused to our overhead network and to help speed up repairs and power restoration times.

– Western Power

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Over four thousand homes without power

Over four thousand homes without power in Devon and Cornwall Credit: Western Power

Over four thousand homes are without power across Devon and Cornwall as Storm Imogen hits the south west.

Western Power says the are trying to restore all supplies by midday.

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People across West Country told to expect flooding

Red flood warnings in place across the South West Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has over 50 red flood warnings in place across the country with most of them covering the South West this morning. Red flood warnings mean flooding is expected, immediate action is required. People are being advised not to drive through flood water and not to take risks.

Work by the Environment Agency is being praised by police, with Devon & Cornwall Police Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith saying their work this weekend probably saved lives:

The flood warnings saying that flooding is expected, immediate action required in force across the South West include the following:

  • River Hayle from Relubbus to St Erth
  • River Yarty from Yarcombe to Axminster
  • River Axe (Lower) from Axminster to Axmouth
  • River Axe (Mid) at Axminster
  • River Axe (Upper) from Winsham to Axminster, including Chard Junction and Weycroft
  • River Clyst from Broadclyst to Clyst St. Mary
  • River Culm (Lower) from Cullompton to Stoke Canon, including Hele
  • River Bovey at Bovey Tracey and Heathfield
  • River Exe (Lower) from Tiverton to Exeter, including Bickleigh
  • River Teign (Upper) from Clifford Bridge to Chudleigh
  • River Culm (Upper) from Hemyock to Cullompton
  • River Torridge (Lower) from Dolton to Bideford, including Taddiport and Weare Giffard
  • River Dart from Buckfastleigh to Totnes, including Staverton
  • River Dart from Dartmeet to Buckfastleigh
  • River Ottery At Yeolmbridge and Ham Mill
  • River Yeo from Yeovil to Langport
  • River Isle from Chard Reservoir to Hambridge

You can get more on those flood warnings here

In Somerset the County Council are advising people to heed to the closure signs on Vellors Way in Luxborugh. It is closed due to undermining of road surface and has been closed for people’s safety.

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