Devon braces as huge waves crash against the coast
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Live webcam footage shows the coast of Devon taking a battering as Storm Barra sweeps in, bringing gusty winds and heavy rainfall to coastal communities. The live footage shows waves smashing into the beach at Dawlish in Devon with the storm surge throwing up huge amounts of spray. Gusts of 67mph have already been recorded in the Isles of Scilly, off the far southwest coast of England, as the Met Office issues yellow warnings for wind.
The Met Office announced its yellow wind warning came into force from 9am on Tuesday, meaning disruption on the travel network is likely.
Larger-than-usual waves pose a serious threat in coastal areas.
Storm surges present the risk of injury or potentially a threat to life if wild winds whip street furniture and beach material into the air.
Heavy snowfall is expected across parts of Scotland and northern England from later on Tuesday, the Met Office said.
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While the west of Ireland will receive the worst of the storm on Tuesday, yellow wind warnings are in place across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
There are further weather warnings in place across Northern Ireland and the southwest of England into Wednesday.
The Environment Agency had five flood warnings in place as of 10am Tuesday, meaning flooding is expected.
They are along the south coast of England between Dorset and Hampshire, in Christchurch, Beaulieu, Fareham, and Langstone and Emsworth, and along the Essex coast at Coalhouse Fort.
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There are more than 30 flood alerts also in place, meaning flooding is possible.
Weather woman Carol Kirkwood provided BBC viewers this morning with the latest weather maps tracking the storm’s progress.
The weather presenter warned “if you don’t have snow, you’re going to have rain,” amid gales force winds threatening to reach up to 80 miles per hour and 20cm of snowfall expected in places.
Ms Kirkwood told BBC Breakfast: “What’s going to happen is we’ll have widespread gales possibly disruptive ones, and also some snow across the north of the country,” continued the weather presenter.
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“The likelihood is we will have blizzards and drifting in some of the higher routes mostly above 200 metres.
“You can see this lump of clay this is storm Barras, so it’s a cloudy start for many areas this morning as well, and it’s going to be wet. If you don’t have snow, you’re going to have rain.”
“So the likelihood of some blizzards and that snow drifting system treacherous conditions, so let’s talk about the winds, widespread gales inland we are looking 40 to 50 miles an hour around the Irish Sea coast and the English Channel.
“We can have as much as 70 to 80 miles an hour,” she added.
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