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Storm Eleanor hits the South West: Thousands left without power following winds of up to 90mph

Whitchurch lane in Hartcliffe was flooded last night. Photo: ITV West Country

Storm Eleanor has hit the region bringing coastal wind speeds between 70 to 90 miles per hour.

It is the fifth-named storm of the season and is sweeping in from the Atlantic.

The Met ​Office has issued a 'severe yellow' weather alert, warning that lives could be put at risk by large waves and flying debris.

Portreath local, Penny Howard's bungalow was damaged after a bike hire shed blew and shattered the window, leading to the property being flooded.

Penny Howard's bungalow. Credit: ITV West Country

It's devastating.

I woke up and got out of bed and felt my feet go into cold water.

I moved here because I wanted to live by the sea, not in it!"

– Penny Howard

There are already reports of power cuts affecting over 600 homes in Gloucestershire, 500 homes in Exeter, almost 200 in Plymouth and over 100 homes in Bristol.

Certain roads, like the Whitchurch lane in Hartcliffe were flooded, while others like the A39 and A379 are closed with fallen trees.

Motorists are being advised to travel only if necessary.

"Strong or sudden gusts of wind are more likely on open stretches of road, when passing bridges or gaps in hedges, or when overtaking high-sided vehicles," an AA spokesperson said.

Damage to harbour wall at Portreath near Redruth on Cornwall's north coast. Credit: ITV West Country
The average number of homes across the South West left without power this morning.
Damage to Portreath Harbour wall as seen from above. Credit: ITV West Country
  • The M48 Severn Bridge Eastbound is closed
  • The M5 closure sparked a recovery operation to clear up the contents of a lorry left spilled on the road.
Bude, Cornwall. Credit: James Brooks

Yellow wind warnings are in place across all of England and Wales until at least 6pm on Wednesday.

The Environment Agency has issued 50 flood warnings and 110 flood alerts, with coastal areas under threat from a combination of a high tide and large waves.

Storm Eleanor brought strong winds and rain to Plymouth. Credit: Ultimate Shot - Sam Whitfield

Neil Davies, flood duty manager for the Environment Agency, said: "Stormy conditions will see strong winds and large waves combine with high tides, which could lead to some flooding along western and south-western coasts of England this week, and along the north Kent coastline tomorrow

"Our frontline teams are on the ground, checking defences and may close coastal flood gates."