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Summary

  1. Weather warning for South West
  2. ---- Gusts of 60/70mph expected
  3. ---- Trains, Tamar Bridge and Isles of Scilly flights being affected
  4. Exeter MP slams Coca-Cola truck Poppy Day tour on Armistice Day
  5. Fire in Plymouth shopping centre
  6. A gamer who left his home 10 times in seven years helps others people break away from isolation
  7. Updates on Friday 9 November 2018

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A379 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A379 Devon both ways severe disruption, around B3182.

    A379 Devon - A379 Topsham Road in Exeter closed and very slow traffic in both directions around Countess Wear Roundabout, because of a fallen tree.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  2. Police investigating 'attack' on female dog walker

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Central Park, Plymouth

    Police are investigating an alleged assault on a dog walker in Plymouth.

    The woman, in her 40s, is said to have sustained minor facial injuries in the attack.

    Police were called to Central Park on Friday 2 November at about 15:30.

    A 52-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault. He was released, pending further inquiries.

    Police have appealed for witnesses.

  3. Wind and rain warning across south and west Cornwall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    There are warnings that severe gale force winds and torrential rains could cause dangerous conditions in several areas of south and west Cornwall.

    There have been alerts from the Met Office, which said rivers could flood and waves were expected to reach heights of up to 5m at some coastal locations.

    People are advised to stay away from coasts during high tides on Friday evening.

    Harbour staff in Looe said they were concerned because of southerly winds and high water, with the high tide due about 18:30. Harbour master Tina Hicks said it was the worst wind they had experienced since the storms of 2014, and that boats have broken free of their moorings.

    Drivers are being warned about the dangers of surface water, with reports of problems in the Glynn Valley.

    Homes in the Roseland area, Par and Liskeard have reported power cuts.

    Meanwhile, fire crews were called out to Penzance after a large plate of glass was blown into the street in high winds in the area of the town's promenade at about 15:30.

    Flood alerts and warnings
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    Severe disruption: A379 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A379 Devon both ways severe disruption, from Ridge Road to Bluegate Hill.

    A379 Devon - A379 in Modbury blocked and slow traffic in both directions from the Ridge Road junction to the Bluegate Hill junction, because of a fallen tree.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  5. One hurt as BMW flips on to roof after aquaplaning on A30

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Car in wet weather

    A man has been injured after his BMW aquaplaned and flipped on to its roof on the A30.

    Police were called to the Okehampton side of Launceston at about 16:00 the car left the carriageway.

    Police said that the occupants of the BMW out of the car and one man had a "minor injury".

    Closures remain in place as emergency services continue working at the scene.

  6. Flood warnings in place across Devon

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Flood warnings

    There are currently flood warnings in place at the following locations:

    • Torbay
    • Beesands
    • Torcross
    • Slapton
    • Dawlish
    • Kingsbridge
    • Topsham
    • Exmouth
    • Seaton

    Flood warnings mean flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

    Check the Environment Agency website for more information.

  7. Firefighters tackle BMW blaze

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Whipton Barton Road

    A BMW burst into flames near shops in Exeter on Friday.

    Firefighters from Middlemoor were rushed to Whipton Barton Road at about 15.15.

    The fire, which was confined to the car's engine, was quickly by tackled fire crews.

    It is believed the cause was accidental.

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    Severe disruption: A30 Cornwall eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A30 Cornwall eastbound severe disruption, from A388 Tavistock Road to A388 Polson.

    A30 Cornwall - A30 in Stourscombe closed eastbound from Callington Turn Off to Polson, because of an overturned vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  9. Plymouth shopping centre evacuated

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Armada Centre

    A shopping centre in Plymouth has been evacuated due to a fire.

    Three fire engines from Greenbank and Camels Head were rushed to the Armada Centre on Mayflower Street at about 14:55 on Friday.

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service say the fire started in a light fitting in Peacocks.

    Around 13 firefighters tackled the blaze, which caused the whole centre to be evacuated.

    One engine remains at the scene.

    It's believed the fire was started accidentally.

  10. Railway tribute to World War One employees

    Great Western Railway is holding a special ceremony to commemorate the 2,545 employees who died during World War One.

    All of their names have been displayed on the side of a train, with the design stretching along all nine carriages.

    GWR tribute
    GWR tribute
  11. 30-minute delays on the A38 towards the Tamar Bridge

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Traffic England map

    There are currently 30-minute delays on the A38 westbound between the A386 and the junction with the A388.

    Delays are expected between 15:45 and 16:00 on Friday.

    Traffic England camera
  12. Travel: Bridge closed, ferries cancelled, flights on hold

    • The Tamar Bridge is now closed to high-sided vehicles and there are lane restrictions in place
    • There are long delays for traffic heading into Cornwall, with queues of traffic on the A38 beyond the Manadon roundabout toward Marsh Mills
    • On the Torpoint Ferry, there's around a 45-minute wait at Devonport with just two ferries running from Torpoint
    • The Dartmouth Higher Ferry has suspended crossings due to very high winds
    • The Dartmouth Lower Ferry is still running at the moment
    • The Teignmouth to Shaldon ferry is running until 16:30, subject to the weather conditions
    • All ferries between Falmouth and St Mawes have been cancelled due to the weather conditions
    • No major problems are reported at Exeter Airport
    • At Lands End and Newquay airports, Skybus flights to and from the Isles of Scilly are on hold due to the weather conditions