Storm Eunice is battering the south west with 90mph winds, the strongest winds for decades which, combined with spring tides, are bringing a further threat of tidal surges and flooding.

The Met Office has issued a red alert and warns of 'significant danger to life' until 3pm today.

Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: The red warning areas indicate a significant danger to life as extremely strong winds provide the potential for damage to structures and flying debris.

"Although the most exposed coastal areas could see gusts in excess of 90mph, winds will remain notably strong further inland, with gusts of between 60-70mph for most within the amber warning area, and up to 80mph in a few places.” 

An amber alert is also in place for wind on Saturday.

Police across the region are asking people to stay at home and not to drive amidst a multitude of reports of falling trees and power lines.

They are also reminding the public to keep their mobiles charged in case of power cuts or emergencies.

Farmers are advised to check their boundaries when it's safe to do so.

Trees, fences and hedges may have been damaged and livestock able to get out of their fields and enclosures.

Powerlines are at threat and certainly there are already hundreds of power outages across the region, so particular care should be taken around powerlines around the farm.

To keep updated on the situation where you are, keep an eye on the Met Office, your local county council updates and police messaging on their websites and social media accounts.