'Severe weather' including howling winds of up to 70mph have forced CrossCountry to cancel all services from Exeter to Newton Abbot between 4.30pm and 9.30pm this evening.
It is likely that CrossCountry services will also be cancelled during Friday afternoon and evening.
The train operator said it will provide further updates tomorrow.
Natiolnal Raiol has warned that trains in Devon will be disrupted on Friday because of the oncoming storm.
A spokesman said: "High tides and high winds are forecast at Dawlish this afternoon. As a result, trains between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot may be disrupted from approximately 15:00 until the end of service.
'Enough is enough' ..now the sea gets to passengers getting off train!
With the onset of climate change it's only going to get worse you ain't seen nothing yet people worse is yet to come.
As for their idea of putting the line nearer the sea has to be the most bonkers idea!
The cost of building a new single track line on the flat is in excess of 8.1 million per km and a inland route certainly wouldnt be flat i would imagine a up and down line would be required then there would be land to acquire i would imagine that could take 20+ years by then we may all be up to our knees in sea water.
So there is no answer to it then ..just wait until the line is totally washed away. Line westwards would end at Dawlish Warren for Dawlish. Best get the Okehampon line open to get to Plymouth and Cornwall.
The same problem with that old line a lot of it is now in private hands there was a interesting program about it a few nights ago and the general feeling was it would be nearly impossible to reinstate it. The bridges are no longer fit for trains and miles of the old track bed is now a cycle path with some stretches in private hands and one section now has houses on it the solution in my mind would be to extend the wall seaward by 10 or 12 feet but just imagine the objections to that with the wall and beaches closed for 2 or 3 years.
I'm surprised that they haven't done the same as they have got at Sidmouth.
A couple of artificial islands to help take the power out of a stormy sea.
I think it's very complicated the Warren spit protects the Exe estuary and the population that lives along it including March Barton building islands at sea may alter the way sand moves and ends up at The Warren. The problem is as a general rule of thumb joe blogs knows little or nothing about how these things work i include myself in that analogy and because of the complex nature of the way the sea works it may take years for the experts to find a solution.
They are planning to reshape the seawall along Marine Parade to deflect the waves back to the sea, whether that will work remains to be seen.