Storm Ciara causes chaos across the West Country with 80mph winds

Storm Ciara is continuing to disruption across the West Country.

An amber warning for wind was issued by the Met Office until 9pm yesterday and coastal flood alerts remain in place - four on the North Devon and Somerset coast.

Gusts of 60-70mph were recorded in inland areas and 70-80mph along coastal areas.

The storm also made an impact in Cornwall, causing damage to a section of the roof cladding at Cornwall's incinerator.

Strong winds as a result of storm Ciara caused damage to a section of the roof cladding at Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre. Credit: Cornwall Live

Some light roof insulation material was blown loose, and our team is currently inspecting and clearing any windblown material in the surrounding area. Whilst this is clearly regrettable, it did not pose a safety risk to members of the public or site personnel.

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Lightning has also struck a house in Cornwall, causing damage to two properties.

Firefighters and paramedics rushed to Helleur Close, in Par, earlier today after the incident.

However, emergency services confirmed that no one was seriously hurt.

Elsewhere rail services between Plymouth and Penzance have been affected as a result of the lightning.

Residents say they heard 'an almighty bang' Credit: Cornwall Live
The electrics blew out in the whole street, according to reports Credit: Cornwall live

In Somerset, a large section of the cliff at St Audries beach collapsed following the extreme weather conditions.

Watchet coastguard put up a cordon and are now appealing for witness to confirm that there are no casualties.

They're also reminding people not to ignore warning signs or attempt to climb the fences to access the beach.

Watchet coastguard put up a cordon and are now appealing for witness Credit: HM Coastguard Watchet
In Somerset, a large section of the cliff at St Audries beach collapsed Credit: HM Coastguard Watchet
Storm Ciara in action - High tide at Towan Beach, Newquay on Sunday evening. Credit: Rachel Tranter
Met Office has urged people to stay safe near the coast. Credit: Dorset Media

The Great Western Hospital in Swindon was forced to close its emergency department car park yesterday (Sunday 9th February) after the hospital's roof suffered storm damage.

Staff and visitors had to relocate their cars to other car parks.

Staff and visitors had to relocate their cars to other car parks.
Residents say they heard 'an almighty bang' Credit: Cornwall live

The roof of Writhlington School in Radstock was blown off over the weekend - closing it to students and staff whilst repairs are made.

The roof of Writhlington School in Radstock was blown off

Gales are the most common cause of damage and disruption in the UK, according to the Met Office.

During the storm:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible

  • If you do go out, try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees

  • Keep away from the sheltered side of boundary walls and fences - if these structures fail, they will collapse on this side

  • Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress

  • If possible, enter and leave your house through doors in the sheltered side, closing them behind you

  • Open internal doors only as needed, and close them behind you

  • Take care when driving on exposed routes such as bridges, or high open roads, delay your journey or find alternative routes if possible

  • Slow down and be aware of side winds, particular care should be taken if you are towing or are a high sided vehicle

  • Do not drive unless your journey is really necessary