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Page last updated at 17:20 GMT, Friday, 13 November 2009
Severe weather warnings in force
By Laura Joint
BBC Devon

Stormy seas
Stormy seas off the South West coast on 13 November

Devon is on a weather alert this weekend, with warnings of possible flooding and storm damage as heavy rain, high winds and high tides hit the county.

The south coast is particularly at risk, with violent storm force weather coinciding with high tides.

BBC South West weather forecaster David Braine said: "The main issue is on Friday night into Saturday morning.

"It will calm down before the risk of more heavy rain during Sunday night."

On Friday evening (13 November), winds will gust to 45-50mph, but these will worsen during the night to reach gusts of up to 75-80mph between 3am and 7.30am.

Heavy rain is also predicted until dawn on Saturday morning.

"There could be some structural damage," warned David Braine. "And flooding is also possible.

"Storm force 10 winds could turn into violent storm 11 off Plymouth during the early hours of Saturday morning.

"As well as the wind and rain during Friday night, there are also high tides on the south coast between 2.30am and 3.30am. So all that combination could result in coastal flooding."

The weather will calm for a while during Saturday and Sunday - but the storms are set to return again during Sunday night: "The wind won't be the issue on this occasion, " said David. "But we could be in for the same again in terms of heavy rain."

"Avoid travel" warning

Devon County Council is advising motorists to avoid travelling overnight on Friday unless it is absolutely essential.

"The amount of rain and strength of winds that are forecast is giving us cause for concern, particularly on rural roads in the dark," said Chris Cranston, Devon County Council's highway operations manager.

"We are as prepared as we can be to deal with any eventualities, but drivers must also be prepared for potential hazards and take extreme care as conditions will be unpredictable."

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