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Sunnier weather on horizon as storm recedes

By WMNlynbarton  |  Posted: October 28, 2013

Flooding at Teigngrace, Newton Abbot. - Photo: Andy Styles -

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The Westcountry has withstood the worst of St Jude’s storm and can look forward to some “nice autumnal weather.”

The Met Office said the atrocious weather, which brought winds of 66 mph, had moved out of the region.

A spokeswoman said there was some sunshine on the horizon, although conditions would remain blustery.

“The worst of it is over now and people can look forward to some nice autumnal weather.”

During the height of the storm which blasted through Devon and Cornwall in the early hours, winds of 66mph were clocked at Berry Head in Devon.

As dawn broke, gusts had reduced in speed but were still reported as reaching 45 mph in Plymouth and 44mph at RNAS Culdrose near Helston.

The highest wind speed in the UK was experienced on the Isles of Wight which was pummelled by 99mph gusts.

Looking ahead, the Met Office spokeswoman said temperatures would dip tonight, but winds in general would ease.

She said there would be some scattered showers tonight which occasionally would be thundery.

Temperatures are expected to fall from around 15 degrees today to 7 degrees tonight.

The weather will be much calmer tomorrow with sunny spells and brightening up towards the end of the week.

The Met Office spokeswoman said the Exeter based organisation was delighted with the response to its storm warnings.

“It happened as we predicted,” she said.

“We were able to give five days notice and people were made aware that a significant weather event wes pending.

“We kept re-adjusting our forecast and warnings with the latest information and we worked with all our partners.

“It all came together and people were able to be prepared.”

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