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Emergency services are still dealing with reports of dozens of trees down across the region with roads closed as a result.
Hugh Griffith, Highway Operations Control Centre said: "We started off with flooding, there was more persistent rain, and because of all the leaf fall that washed towards drains we had localised flooding throughout the evening and the start of the early part of the morning.
"But when the winds came through between 2 and 3am we started getting the trees, and we have had some very big trees fall down."
Roads in Devon are likely to remain closed for most of the day because of localised flooding, Devon County Council has warned.
A release from the council said although wind and rain has moved on, roads between South Molton and Umberleigh have been closed, because the River Bray has burst its banks.
The council and Devon and Cornwall Police are advising road users to remain stay alert throughout the day.
They advise not to drive through flood water, or fords with heightened flows.
The Environment Agency has issued nine flood warnings in the West Country, smaller flood alerts are also in place across the region, following heavy rain and strong winds from St Jude.
- River Teign (Lower) from Chudleigh to Kingsteignton
- River Torridge (Lower) from Dolton to Bideford, including Taddiport and Weare Giffard
- River Exe (Upper) from Exford to Exebridge, including Winsford and Bridgetown
- River Tamar (Upper) from Tamarstone to Polson Bridge
- River Barle from Simonsbath to Brushford, including Withypool
- River Torridge (Upper) from Bradford to Dolton
- River Waldon from Bradworthy to Bradford
- River Taw (Middle) from Taw Bridge to Newnham Bridge
Despite delays and disruption to some services, First Great Western say trains are not as affected as they had expected.
Daniel Panes from First Great Western tells us more:
This video from the Met Office shows satellite imagery of the St Jude storm as it moves across the UK:
Western Power Distribution says they have 300 customers without power in Exeter and 100 in Plymouth. There have been 20 separate incidents in both places combined.
An empty passenger train has hit a tree near Ivybridge. The driver was unhurt. FGW have contacted Network Rail to arrange removal of the tree. There will be delays.
Flooding has hit parts of southwest England and Wales as a storm feared to be the worst Britain has ever seen takes hold.
The Met Office has warned winds are picking up in southwest England as Culdrose and Mount Batten in Plymouth are hit with gusts of up to 63mph and 61mph respectively:
Winds picking up in SW England. Recent wind gusts 63 mph at Culdrose and 61 mph at Mount Batten, Plymouth