Storm Evert: South West braces for 75mph winds and heavy rainon July 29, 2021 at 7:23 pm

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Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to hit the region.

Graphic shows yellow and amber wind warnings over Devon and Cornwall

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The South West could be hit by winds of up to 75mph (121km/h) as Storm Evert hits the UK.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for severe gales across the region, strong enough to damage buildings and disrupt travel.

The storm is also expected to hit the south Wales coast from Monmouthshire in the east to Pembrokeshire in the west.

BBC meteorologist David Braine said it was “exceptional” for this time of year.

Evert is the fourth storm to be named by the Met Office since October last year.

Strong winds and heavy rains are expected to first hit the Isles of Scilly on Thursday evening, before spreading over to Cornwall in the early hours of Friday, the Met Office said.

The strongest winds, at 75mph (121km/h), could be expected in the county’s “most exposed coastal spots”, it added.

A yellow warning for strong winds has also been issued for parts of Devon and Wales.

It means the South West is likely to see fallen trees, damaged buildings, power cuts and travel disruption, the Met Office warned.

Campers at Bedruthan Steps

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George Holtby at the Bedruthan Steps Campsite moved guests to a field that is better protected from the wind.

“It’s an exposed site, so we’re advising people to strap everything down and batten down the hatches,” he said.

Sarah Weeks, of cliff-top glamping site Seaview Tipis at Bredruthan Steps in north Cornwall, urged guests to “pack up and go tonight because it’s the safest thing”.

Guests were being offered compensation or vouchers for later visits.

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Analysis by BBC meteorologist David Braine

Storm Evert approaching the South West of England is not a normal event.

This forecast strength of wind is unusual for July but it has happened before, for example during the Fastnet disaster in August 1979, when storm force winds hit the region.

The ingredients have to be right to produce high winds at this time of year.

They include low pressure forming and developing in the right place, the jet stream aligning and helping to develop the low pressure system at the surface, along with a warmer-than-normal sea surface temperature, and an unusually warm lower and middle atmosphere.

It may only be short-lived but Storm Evert has the potential to cause some damage.

Climate change has to be a consideration – whether we like it or not, this may be something we have to get used to.

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Highways England warned drivers to take extra care as the storm moved in.

“In high winds, there’s a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we’d advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down,” said South West emergency planning officer Gareth Price.

“Drivers of other vehicles should be aware of sudden gusts of wind which can affect handling and braking, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, and motorbikes plenty of space.”

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