As it happened: UK storms

Key points

  • Two severe flood warnings are in place in south-west England - down from nine earlier in the day
  • In Dawlish, Devon, a section of sea wall under the railway line collapsed, leaving the track suspended in mid-air
  • David Cameron has chaired a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee to consider the government's response
  • First Great Western says all lines between Exeter St Davids and Penzance have been closed because of the adverse weather
  • Western Power Distribution says 8,899 homes across south-west England are without power, the majority of them in Cornwall
  • An amber warning is in place for wind in Wales, south-west England and London and south-east England

Live text


  • John Hand 
  • Kerry Alexandra 
  • Lyndsey Telford 
  • Lauren Turner 
  • Penny Spiller 
  • John Harrison 

Last updated 5 February 2014


Welcome to our live page, in which we will be updating you with all the developments following overnight storms that have left thousands without power and disrupted transport.


Teams of Western Power engineers worked through the night to try to fix the faults, and the company said it would also switch circuits to work around individual problems.

There had been high voltage faults due to debris being blown around in Devon and Cornwall, the company said.


Western Power Distribution says about 14,000 homes in south-west England and 1,300 in Wales were hit by power cuts.


South West Trains

tweets: "Trains this morning are running. Some are running at reduced speed to check the lines. Alterations to services begin from later this morning."


Overnight, gusts of up to 70mph and 20mm of rain spread from the south-west England to south-west Wales and eastern Northern Ireland, the Met Office says.


BBC Radio Devon says there are particular problems in Dawlish.

Two people were rescued from a vehicle in flood water on Marine Parade at 21:20 GMT.

A total of 20 homes were evacuated, with people moved to the local leisure centre.


BBC Radio Devon is also reporting that the A379 is closed between Teignmouth and Exeter.

There are reports that part of the sea wall has been washed away and the railway line between Exeter and Newton Abbot is still shut, because around 50 metres of ballast has gone


The Environment Agency has four severe flood warnings in place in south-west England, meaning there is a danger to life.


National Rail say buses are currently replacing trains between Hastings and Bexhill due to an obstruction on the line.


The AA Special Operations Response Team says there is a lot of debris and plenty of water on the roads this morning. "Slow down and give yourself a chance to spot them in the dark," they say.