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  1. Storm Imogen: Updates on Monday 8 February 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Updates for Monday: How Imogen left her trail of destruction across the South West

Thanks to everybody who has sent us photographs of Storm Imogen today. We'll leave you with this huge wave crashing over rocks at Port Isaac. 

Port Isaac
Kester Jones

And this photo of Portreath taken by Peter Sincock from Camborne.

Peter Sincock

BBC Local Live will return at 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Porthleven under siege from Storm Imogen


The seaside village of Porthleven in Cornwall once again cowers under the power of the waves unleashed by Storm Imogen which has battered the South West coast. 

Rebecca Wilbur

The Met Office says winds have peaked across southern England, but very strong gusts will continue overnight.

School to remain closed after severe gales blew roof off

Cape Cornwall School in St Just has remained closed all day after part of its sports hall roof blew off in high winds.

The school will be closed again tomorrow, affecting 400 pupils.

Cape Cornwall School

Weather latest: Gales remaining overnight, more rain and high winds tomorrow

The winds will gradually ease tonight, however local coastal gales will remain. It'll be a mainly dry night but isolated showers are likely in the north and west. Minimum Temperature: 2 Deg C. 

Weather graphic

Tuesday will be a cold and windy day with further gales likely, especially over high ground like Exmoor. There'll be a mixture of scattered heavy wintry showers and sunny spells, with the showers becoming less frequent later. Maximum Temperature: 6 Deg C.

Surfers take to river

Police repeat warnings for public to stay away from coast

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

The police are urging people not to put their lives at risk by going wave watching around Devon and Cornwall.

Sergeant Mark Ruston has taken to twitter after a conference to warn the public that being hit by a wave is described as "being hit by a lorry."

Another storm...another trampoline where it shouldn't be!

Storm Imogen: RNAS Culdrose suspends flying

Falmouth Packet

Storm Imogen has halted all flying at the Royal Navy's air station in Cornwall, with gusts of more than 70mph recorded. RNAS Culdrose at Helston said its primary role was to ensure "safe aviation" at all times.

Beach pub's sand barrier holds tide back... just

Storm Imogen still bringing severe conditions to region

Exmouth street left impassable as sand drifts on road

Travel latest for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- Strong winds, with gusts of more than 70mph, have brought down power lines and numerous trees, causing widespread disruption to traffic across Devon and Cornwall.

- In Cornwall, fallen scaffolding has blocked Ulalia Road in Newquay between Narrowcliff and Hilgrove Road.

- The A361 near Landkey in Devon is partially blocked due by an overturned vehicle.  

- On the trains, delays of up to an hour are expected between Exeter St Davids and Taunton until 18:30.

- In Exeter, Marsh Barton Road is closed under the railway bridge due to flooding.

-  A broken-down bus has blocked one lane of the A377 Alphington Road in Exeter, near Marsh Barton Road. 

Storm watchers cause for concern in Perranporth

The emergency services are urging the public to stay away from the coast this evening as high tide and storm sturges cause dangerous conditions.

Perranporth is suffering what's described as a 'monumental swell'.

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News headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Lynne French, BBC News Online

- Last-minute sea defences are being put in place in Perranporth as waves described as "absolutely monumental" batter the South West coast

- An RSPCA inspector has not been seen since he was called out to rescue seabirds stranded on rocks near Penzance on Sunday

- Storm Imogen has brought down power lines, leaving thousands of homes, schools and businesses without electricity in Devon and Cornwall

- Gusts of up to 80mph have been recorded, causing widespread travel disruption

- Passengers on Cross Country's Penzance to Glasgow service were stranded for hours after the train hit a fallen tree near Bodmin Parkway

- Train services in Devon have been halted "as a precaution" by Network Rail, amid fears a storm-damaged tree could fall on the line between Tiverton and Exeter

- The Environment Agency has nearly 60 flood warnings and alerts in force

Flood clear up continues

BBC Spotlight

Storm Imogen has brought flooding to minor roads across the region. In the South Hams, council teams have been trying to clear blocked drains. More on Spotlight on BBC1 at 1830.

Sand banks built around beach bar as huge swell arrives

'Monumental' sea conditions hitting Cornwall's coast

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Last-minute sea defences are being put in place in an attempt to protect the coast in Cornwall from ferocious weather conditions.

Duncan Struggles from the Environment Agency said the wave conditions are "absolutely monumental" and there was a "severe risk to life".

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The Watering Hole in Perranporth was flooded in the storms of January 2014 and is now shoring up the sand ahead of high water at around 17:00.

Storm Imogen turns car park into desert at Fistral in Newquay

BBC Spotlight

The car park at Fistral beach in Newquay resembles a desert as sand is swept inland.


Storm Imogen causes Brixham landslip

Torquay Herald Express

Heavy rain has caused a landslip in Brixham, bringing tonnes of rocks crashing down near flats.

The rocks tumbled from the 70ft cliff face on Overgang Road opposite Brixham Yacht Club and landed near the flats in Dolphin Court.

Limited train services resuming in Cornwall

BBC Spotlight

Some train services into Cornwall are resuming after engineers removed a tree that crashed down across the tracks near Bodmin, damaging a Penzance to Glasgow CrossCountry train.

Jonathan Salisbury

Stranded passengers were switched to a coach instead.

Jonathan Salisbury, who was travelling to Sheffield when the accident happened, described it as: "One of those things. Train hits tree and we all wait around... it was companionable and the staff were very good."

Exeter's Rydon Lane blocked by tree fall

Train services halted over tree collapse fears

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Train services have been halted in Devon amid fears a storm-damaged tree could collapse over the main rail line between Tiverton and Exeter.

Network Rail said the decision to suspend services had been taken as a precaution while engineers assess the situation.

Bodmin tree
Network Rail

Earlier today all services were suspended in Cornwall when a CrossCountry Penzance to Glasgow hit a fallen tree near Bodmin Parkway.

RSPCA Inspector missing after bird rescue at coast in storm

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

An RSPCA inspector has gone missing after attending the rescue of dozens of sea birds at a beach in Cornwall during Storm Imogen.

Mike Reid

Inspector Mike Reid, 54, has not been seen since he was called to a wildlife rescue involving 20 to 30 gannets stranded on rocks at Porthchapel Beach, near Penzance, at approximately 14:00 on Sunday.

Weather latest: Winds and rain easing

BBC Weather

Gales and severe gales are expected to continue with gusts of 70-80mph in exposed areas, but scattered, locally heavy, showers will gradually become less frequent through the afternoon. 

weather map

This evening and tonight the winds will gradually ease, although coastal gales will remain. It will be a mainly dry night, with some isolated showers in the north and west and a minimum temperature of 2 Deg C (36 Deg F).

Car roof and windscreen crumpled by falling tree

Matt Pengelly

BBC Radio Cornwall

A falling tree smashed into the roof and windscreen of a car along a minor road in Cornwall.


The tree crashed into the Peugeot car on the road between Zelah and Goonhavern. Nobody is believed to have been injured.

Fallen tree

Travel latest for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- Strong winds have brought down power lines and numerous trees, causing widespread disruption to traffic across Devon and Cornwall. 

- The A38 Plymouth-bound will be closed between Deep Lane and Forder Valley overnight from 20:00 until 06:00 for bridge work.

- The Exeter-bound carriageway of the A38 will be closed between Belvedere Cross and Kennford for resurfacing from 20:00 until 06:00. Diversions will be in place.

- The Taw Bridge near Barnstaple in Devon is closed to all vehicles due to strong winds.

- In Cornwall, the A38 westbound carriageway near Liskeard will be closed overnight between Trerulefoot Roundabout and Looe Roadwill for resurfacing.

- On the A38 in Devon from Goodstone Cross to Ashburton there will be a Plymouth-bound lane closure from 20:00 until 05:00 for resurfacing work. 

Storm Imogen brings foam blizzard

Video: Fistral beach under sand in Storm Imogen

Power problems in Devon and Cornwall

We are aware of a #powercut in the #Delabole #PL33 area. We aim to restore all supplies by 18:00. Andi.

We are aware of a #powercut in the #Chulmleigh #EX18 and surrounding areas. We aim to restore all supplies by 18:00. Andi.

Power cables down near Newquay school

Fears over Barnstaple's storm-damaged civic centre

Passengers moved from stranded train

Passengers stranded on a Penzance to Glasgow train damaged by a fallen tree have been safely transferred to a coach.

Trains in and out of Cornwall have been suspended since the incident near Bodmin Parkway station.

Passengers moved from stranded train

Network Rail said single-track services into Cornwall would resume shortly, however there would be no trains leaving the county yet. 

Weather fears for missing Redruth man

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Police have named a 64-year-old Redruth man who went missing in the Porthcurno area of Penzance on Sunday in atrocious weather conditions.

Police and coastguard teams are carrying out a sea and coastal path search after Mike Reid failed to return from work and his white van was located at the Minack Theatre car park.  

Minack Theatre, Cornwall

He is described as white, 5ft 8ins tall, of stocky build, with short greying spiked hair. He was wearing black trousers, a white shirt and black jumper. 

Insp Jean Phillips said: "We are extremely concerned for Mike's welfare, particularly with the wet and windy weather overnight."

HMS Argyll refit suspended after door blown off hangar

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The refit of the Royal Navy warship the HMS Argyll has been suspended after a hangar door at Devonport dockyard was damaged by Storm Imogen.


A spokesperson from the Ministry of Defence contractors Babcock confirmed strong winds caused damage to a large shutter door within the frigate refit complex and said nobody had been injured.

"As a safety precaution an exclusion zone has been established around all three complex doors and work temporarily suspended on the refit of HMS Argyll," the spokesperson said.

Car almost buried by sand as Storm Imogen sweeps in at Fistral

Cornish Guardian

Storm chasers urged to stay away from coast because of dangerous conditions

BBC Spotlight

The Met Office has confirmed that waves of 19.1m (almost 63ft) have been recorded at St Ives.

Our team managed to film a glimpse of extremely dangerous conditions in Newquay from Pentire Headland to Fistral.

More than 7,000 properties without power in Storm Imogen

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

There are 2,232 properties without electricity in Devon and 4,950 in Cornwall, according to Western Power Distribution. 

It follows gusts of more than 60mph around midday according to the Met Office.


Travel latest for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- All train services in and out of Cornwall have been cancelled due to a tree which has fallen across the tracks near Bodmin.  

- In Plymouth the A386 is partially blocked, with slow traffic, due to a fallen tree around Derriford Roundabout.

- In Washaway, the A389 is partially blocked by an accident near Old School Lane.

- In Exeter, Pennsylvania Road is blocked due to an accident around Stoke Valley Road junction. A local farmer is on the scene cutting up a tree.

- In St John, Cornwall, there are reports of an obstruction on St Johns Lane around Church Lane.  

- In Bude there are very hazardous driving conditions round Madeira Drive and Marine Drive due to sand on the road.