storms and torrential rain caused havoc across Devon with winds
reaching gusts of up to 85 miles per hour and waves crashing up
to 50 feet high along the south coast.
As waves the height of four storey buildings hit the coast, roads
were closed and people were warned to stay indoors.
Towns and villages all along Devon's south coast suffered storm
damage and flooding on two consecutive nights on 27trh and 28th
severe conditions were caused by a rare combination of high Spring
tides, torrential rain, gale force winds and low pressure.
at Youngs Park in Goodrington.
seafronts at Torquay, Paignton, Exmouth and Sidmouth were all closed
because of high waves and debris.
Torbay, it was described as a "once-in-25-years" storm by the Environment
high tides and huge winds tore away chunks of the sea wall and even
carried cars from Torquay seafront to Torre Abbey Meadows.
Park in Goodrington was battered by the winds and waves. At some
points the water almost reached the rooftops of seafront shelters.
Some businesses on Paignton Pier won't be able to reopen until next
huts at Dawlish were torn to shreds.
Council estimates the final repair will may well exceed £1
million and will be seeking financial help from the government.
30 beach huts on Dawlish seafront were ripped apart by storms.
Debris from the 27 cabins was strewn hundreds of yards along the
railway track and right into the town.
Only one of the 28 huts remained upright and that was found more
than 20ft from its original position.
of onlookers ignored warnings to stay away from the fierce seas.
said people were risking their lives taking part in 'wave dodging'.
gaping hole in the sea wall at Dawlish ripped open by the sea.
and shopkeepers in Dartmouth were also forced to batten down the
hatches as the high tide threatened to breach doorsteps.
stations from Falmouth to Brixham deployed 16 rescue teams to help
other emergency services.
services were severely disrupted following the breakdown of two
trains after waves swamped the coastal line.
More than 100 people had to be rescued from the stranded trains
on the rail line between Teignmouth and Dawlish.
published: 28th October 2004