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Devon storms latest: milder weather ahead
Updated 3:28pm Sunday 16th February 2014 in Devon
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- Around 2,500 homes in the South-West still without power
- Western Power Distribution hopes to restore power today
- Forecast for Sunday is for dry weather
THE number of homes without power in the South-West has been reduced to 900, says Western Power Distribution.
HOMEOWNERS have been warned of the dangers of fuel tanks being damaged or moved by deep floodwater.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service says if tanks containing liquid petroleum gas are damaged and come into contact with an ignition source, there is a risk of "an extremely serious explosion".
And if tanks containing heating oil are damaged, there is a pollution risk.
Station manager Kevin Hardwill said: “We realise that people affected by flooding have got a lot to deal with at the moment, but we are giving this warning because there is a risk of a serious incident occurring.
“We would urge people to check that tanks or containers attached to their homes or on their premises are secure.”
Anyone with concerns should call the police non-emergency number on 101.
AND here's some more unwelcome news from the Met Office:
"Another spell of rain is expected across southwest England during Monday.
"This is not expected to be as prolonged or heavy as in recent days but still has the potential to exacerbate existing flooding problems given the saturated state of the ground.
"The public should be aware of this possible further flood risk and disruption to transport."
THERE could be another hazard for motorists to watch out for, however.
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice throughout the region.
NO new flood warnings have been issued for our region today.
The same two severe flood warnings are in place, both in Somerset.
The Environment Agency has a further 20 flood warnings for the rest of the region.
WESTERN Power Distribution gave this update a short time ago:
"We have around 2,500 customers without power in the South West.
"Normal operation has returned to South Wales, West and East Midlands.
"We anticipate to have supplies in the South West restored during Sunday.
"Since Friday evening, we have restored approximately 148,000 customers' power supplies.
"All faults are currently being worked on and restorations are continuing in the South West."