Yellow weather warning in place in Lyme Regis as Storm Barra hits

AS Storm Barra batters the UK, a yellow weather warning for wind is in place across much of the South West, including in Lyme Regis.

Gales of up to 56mph are expected to hit Lyme Regis today and will continue tomorrow, with the weather warning in place until 6pm on Wednesday.

Rain is also forecast through today and tomorrow, with hail showers also predicted from 3pm today.

It comes just over a week after Storm Arwen swept across the area, taking down a large tree at the top of Cobb Road, causing damage to electrical cables and leaving the route closed for several days.

What to expect

  • There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • There is a small chance that some roads and bridges could close
  • There is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected
  • There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
  • There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris

What to do to say safe

  • 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
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