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Cornwall facing “apocalyptic” weekend storm

By WBEsme  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

Weather map for Saturday, courtesy of Metdesk

Weather map for Saturday, courtesy of Metdesk

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Experts fear that an “apocalyptic” storm set to hit Cornwall on Friday and Saturday will rival the weather experienced at the beginning of the month.

It’s been less than four weeks since Cornwall was battered by the gale force winds and torrential rain of storm “Hercules” and experts can predict no end to the wild weather.

Latest forecasts suggest that a cyclonic weather front travelling south-east across the Atlantic will hit the county on Saturday.

At it’s height the storm, which has been dubbed “Hercules Take Two”, “Hercules the Sequel” and “Storm Brigid”, after a patron saint of Ireland, is predicted to produce 30ft waves which will batter the coast.

Esteemed surf website Magic Seaweed has described “Hercules the Sequel” as “apocalyptic” and advised swimmers and surfers not to venture into the water.

In addition to gale force winds of up to 50mph, the Met Office, who have issued a yellow weather warning for the weekend, are estimating between 20 and 40mm of rainfall.

A spokesman for the Exeter based meteorologists said: “The public should be aware of possible disruption, primarily due to further flooding, chiefly in area already, or recently, affected.

“The public is advised to take extra care.”

Coastal towns and villages are again preparing to reach for their sandbags to protect flood-risk properties.

Local businesses such as the Watering Hole in Perranporth are warning followers about the upcoming weather on Twitter.

Falmouth coastguard has advised people to keep off harbour rocks and walls and avoid any unnecessary risks.

Keep checking the ThisisCornwall website and Twitter account for further weather updates.

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  • DipStick  |  January 30 2014, 11:50AM

    "Experts fear that an "apocalyptic" storm set to hit Cornwall on Friday and Saturday will rival the weather experienced at the beginning of the month.". So, a second "apocalyptic" storm in the space of a few weeks. They're really going to have to get the Thesaurus out for the next one ... DS

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