Storm Frank hits the West Country

Hurricane force winds of more than 120mph ave battered the West today as Storm Frank hit our shores. Waves have reached 30ft and more than a month's worth of rain has poured down across the region. It's the sixth storm to pummel Britain.

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Pub opens in time for New Year despite flooding 24 hours before

A pub in Devon will welcome guests for New Years Eve celebrations tonight just 24 hours after it was flooded.

The Exeter Inn in the village of Modbury was flooded for the 40th time in seven years yesterday.

But the owners have praised local volunteers, and say they were able to get the pub open so quickly thanks to the help and support of local people.

A video of the flooding through the Exeter Inn


Good Samaritan rescues elderly couple from sinking car

Emergency services have praised the actions of a delivery driver who risked his life to save an elderly couple from a submerged car.

The couple were pulled from the vehicle just in time, as water quickly rose around them.

Gary Brewer waded through the chest-high water in Sparkwell to reach the red Renault Clio shortly before noon.

He managed to release the two pensioners from the car - where water had risen within eight inches of the roof - before the fire service arrived.

All three were suffering from hypothermia due to the cold water, and Mr Brewer was taken to Derriford Hospital where he was also treated for cut wrists due to breaking glass.

From my understanding when he called me just afterwards he injured himself doing it.

He slashed his arms up as he broke the window to get to the couple.

He's a good lad and we're calling Dins a hero.

– Mark Frearson, managing director at APC Overnight's Plymouth branch

South Western Ambulance Service dubbed Gary's act "selfless", and said the couple had travelled down to the West Country to spend time with family for New Year.

One gentleman dialled 999, broke the passenger window and freed them from the vehicle with the assistance of another member of the public who hd also stopped to help.

One of the rescuers was taken to Derriford hospital with minor injuries sustained as a result of his brave actions.

The couple had travelled down to the West Country to spend time with family for the new year period and the selfless act of these members of the public really did make a positive difference – without their intervention the outcome would have been very different. The ambulance service worked with fire and police colleagues at the scene and the only person to be taken to hospital was one the rescuers.

– South Western Ambulance Service

Police also live tweeted the dramatic rescue.

'Only travel if essential' council warns

Devon County Council have warned people to take care and remain vigilant as Storm Frank continues to batter the West.

They've urged people to only travel if necessary, and to avoid coastal and river areas as water levels continue to rise and waves wash over seafronts.

  • Don’t travel unless absolutely essential – stay safe and stay home if possible.
  • Allow additional time for your journey and reduce your speed;
  • Drive with care and according to the conditions
  • Do not attempt to drive through flood water;
  • If you have vulnerable or elderly neighbours, check to see how they could possibly be helped


People filmed walking on sea wall as huge waves hit

People have been filmed walking around the Cobb in Lyme Regis harbour as huge waves come crashing over the sea wall, despite warnings to stay away from the sea.

The region has seen strong winds and heavy rain as Storm Frank hits the UK.

The RNLI are warning people to keep their distance from rough seas.

WATCH: High waves hit tracks at Dawlish

There's disruption to train services this morning as strong winds bring high waves crashing into the tracks at Dawlish.

There are currently no Cross Country services between Exeter St Davids and Plymouth, and Exeter St Davids and Paignton.

Fallen trees cause disruption on West Country roads

Strong winds have caused a number of trees to fall on roads across the region.

  • The A386 at Grenofen in Devon is blocked due to a fallen tree near Whitchurch Road.
  • Also on the A386 in Great Torrington a fallen tree has blocked the road at Peters Marland.
  • On the A396 Exeter Road in Ashley in Devon the road is blocked by a tree near Narrow Lane.
  • The A3072 in Highhampton in Devon is blocked due to a fallen tree and overturned car between Burdon Lane and Staddon Road.
  • The A392 East Road at Quintrell Downs in Cornwall is partially blocked due to fallen tree between A3058 North Way and Parka Road.
  • B3254 in St Keyne in Cornwall is partially blocked due to fallen tree near Valley View.

Police warning as strong winds bring trees down

Devon and Cornwall Police are warning people to take extra care this morning as strong winds spread across the region - causing trees to fall in some areas.

They say they've already been called out to a number of weather related incidents

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