UPDATED: Torquay seafront balloon 'shredded' in storm force winds
STORM force winds and rain brought disruption to South Devon's roads early today.
And Torquay's famous seafront balloon was the most high-profile casualty.
The Hiflyer balloon was shredded by high winds despite efforts to save it.
Around £30,000 worth of helium was lost from the huge white balloon when the winds struck around 5.30am.
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By daylight the shredded balloon was strewn across the ground.
The Met Office issued a severe weather warning for rain and wind across Cornwall and Devon and said gusts of up to 70mph were expected across Dartmoor, Exmoor and exposed parts of southern Devon.
Firefighters were called to Cockington Primary School in Torquay at 9.30am after reports that the Perspex roof of the school's swimming pool was in a precarious position.
Crews also cleared storm drains after two feet of water flooded a property in Plymouth Road, Buckfastleigh at 10.35am.
Devon County Council said trees had been brought down across the county overnight.
A fallen tree on the Berry Pomeroy to Totnes road caused delays.
The Environment Agency warned of possible flooding today in the Totnes, Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Dartmouth and Torbay areas.
It said rain was moving through the region more slowly than originally forecast.
Around a dozen ships had taken shelter in Tor Bay, Lyme Bay and Babbacombe Bay this morning.