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Yellow weather warnings across the West Country as 100mph winds hit parts of the region

Portreath

Winds of more than 100mph have been recorded in Cornwall as travel, events, and sporting fixtures face disruption across the West Country due to extreme weather.

Yellow weather warnings for rain and wind are in place across the region for much of Saturday (2 November).

Footage from Porthleven shows the coast being battered by wind and waves, with coastal areas most affected by gales.

Crews from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service were in attendance in West Bay on Saturday morning after strong winds ripped off the roof of the iconic 'Margaret's Kiosk'.

Firefighters successfully cleared the debris and have now closed off the seafront as a precaution.

The roof of a kiosk blew off in Bridport Harbour. Credit: Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service
The seafront at West Bay has been closed off in case of further debris from a damaged kiosk. Credit: Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service

Plymouth RNLI were called out in the early hours of the morning to help rescue a sailing boat in trouble near Turnshapel Wharf.

Another call was made to help secure a vessel that had to be towed to safety from the West Mud area on the River Tamar.

Elsewhere, in Portreath winds of 113mph were recorded as the harbour took a battering.

Portreath

Drivers are being warned to take extra car as debris created by the extreme weather makes for hazardous conditions on the road.

The weather has brought disruption to scheduled Scillonian sailings as well as Skybus flights from Newquay Airport and Lands End.

Great Western Railway services have also been disrupted in areas, with no service between Looe and Liskeard on Saturday afternoon.

The Environment Agency is warning people to be cautious near rivers across Devon, Cornwall, and Dorset after heavy rainfall and high tides caused "fast flowing" conditions.

Elsewhere, in Dorset police were called to a street in Blandford where the winds had brought down a wall of scaffolding onto a row of parked cars.

Some homes have been without power as a result of the weather. Western Power Distribution tweeted an apology to those affected by power cuts and said engineers are working to restore supplies.

Credit: Dorset Police
Credit: Dorset Police

Events around the region have been cancelled as a result of the extreme weather.

Bridgwater Carnival's opening night was cancelled on Friday evening (1 November).

Organisers of the Bath fireworks display scheduled to take place on the Rec on Saturday evening have postponed the event, apologising to those wishing to attend.

A fallen tree in Flax Bourton, Somerset

Plymouth Argyle's league two game against Grimsby Town has been postponed. The club says severe winds overnight caused "significant damage" to the roof of Home Park making the ground "unsafe" for spectators.

They added continued strong winds have made it "impossible to safely access the roof" to repair the damage.

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Despite the strong wind and rain, the Met Office say it's not a named storm because the strongest gusts are only lasting for a short period of time in any given location.

Get the full weather forecast for the West Country here.