Getting your hair in tip top condition for Christmas

We only have a few more weeks until the party season really kicks into action, so treating your hair now is important to ensure it is looking its very polished, shiny and lustrous best.

First and foremost with your hair's condition in mind before your Christmas colour and the added damaging and aggressive cold, start with some TLC for your hair. Use a conditioning masque or treatment ritual once a week to add protein and moisture to the hair and strengthen the hair structure and even out the porosity of the hair. This will prepare your hair for even the most vigorous of...

Stagecoach update: shuttle service to Topsham

Stagecoach have announced: "We are running a shuttle service from Exeter Bus Station to Topsham with departures from the bus station at approx. 15.30, 16.30 and 17.30.

"The shuttle is to provide a direct link to Topsham in the absence of the 57 being able to serve the village and until the T service resumes operation from from the High Street at 1831."

Dramatic photos of Dawlish battling with the elements

These dramatic photos of Dawlish taken at 1.30pm today show that some trains were still able to battle with the elelments along the trainline that sweeps along the entire seafront and beach.

Photos: James Millar

Environment Agency warns of further flooding

Heavy rain today (Thursday 22nd November) could lead to further flooding across the south west of England this afternoon and evening, the Environment Agency has warned.

Run-off from already wet fields and other areas could lead to further river and surface water flooding, and strong winds could worsen surface water flooding, as wind-blown leaves and debris block drains.

There are currently 33 flood warnings and 56 flood alerts in force.

The Environment Agency is reminding people in the affected areas – which include Devon, Cornwall,...

Exeter City Centre Christmas Lights switch-on postponed

Exeter City Council and Princesshay have announced that they are having to postpone the Exeter Christmas Lights Switch On event scheduled for this evening, due to the exceptional weather circumstances and the safety of spectators and participants.

The event has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Friday 23rd November from 4.30pm in Princesshay Square. Live entertainment will feature on stage from 4.30pm, with the lights being switched on collectively by the Lympstone Military Wives Choir and Michael Caines at 6.15pm. Visitors will be able to enjoy continuous entertainment...

Temporary dams to breached canal are holding up

Temporary dams stemming the escape of water from the breached Grand Western Canal have been successful, after engineers worked overnight to regain control.

Approximately two miles of the canal drained through a breach in its embankment late yesterday afternoon, caused, it's suspected, by excessive rain fall.

The breach at Halberton near Tiverton is where the canal's embankment rises nearly 60 feet from surrounding fields.

Water overtopping the canal is thought to have eroded the embankment as it cascaded down, weakening its sides to an...

Exeter Guildhall Shopping Centre festivities kick off tonight

The Christmas fun starts today for Exeter's Guildhall (22nd November) with an afternoon and evening of entertainment for the Christmas lights switch-on, which is still scheduled to go ahead this evening despite the weather conditions.

A combination of snow, glitter, Santa Claus, children’s entertainment and local choirs will create a festive atmosphere for the switch-on by Transforma Man – and the event will also see the introduction of a new, hairy member of the Guildhall Shopping Centre family.

The Guildhall Shopping Centre Christmas grotto, the only...

Further rain causes sleepless nights for some Devon residents

Engineers worked overnight to try to stabilise the Grand Western Canal, which breached its banks after heavy rain in Halberton, near Tiverton.

20 families were evacuated after water breached the 200-year-old canal. Winds of up to 70mph are expected to affect Devon and Cornwall, with torrential rain and flooding predicted.

Devon and Cornwall Police said they closed the road through Halberton, while work to stabilise the canal was being carried out.

The Environment Agency said there are 50 flood warnings and 52 flood...

Rail service update affecting Exeter St Davids

Network Rail are currently reporting severe disruptions to rail services, saying it could be days before services are back to normal again.

First Great Western are reporting that their London Paddington to Plymouth service is disrupted between London Paddington and Plymouth, between Bristol Temple Meads and Plymouth and between Westbury and Plymouth due to flooding at Tiverton Parkway. Tickets being accepted on South West Trains and local bus services.

South West Trains are reporting a disruption to their service from Exeter St Davids...

Road closures because of further heavy rainfall

Following a further night of heavy rainfall, the roads are not surprisingly affected again today. Here is a roundup of the problems we have heard about.

B3181 in Broadclyst closed at the School Lane junction, because of flooding.

Slow traffic on A377 in Exeter around Exe Bridges.

A377 in Exeter busy but moving inbound from Alphington Junction to Exe Bridges.

Slow traffic on A379 Rydon Lane outbound in Countess Wear from Countess Wear Roundabout.

Slow traffic on A379 Bridge Road in both directions in...