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Eye of the storm – Families evacuated from homes

By WBEsme  |  Posted: February 01, 2014

Weather map for Saturday, courtesy of Metdesk 2

Today's weather map, courtesy of Metdesk.

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Several Cornish coastal communities are in temporary accommodation after "a danger to life" warning was issued for the "apocalyptic" storm currently battering the county.

Dozens of people from Bude and Portreath who live in flood risk properties have been moved in to temporary accommodation today.

On the advice issued by Cornwall Council yesterday evening, many sought shelter with friends and family.

Although high tide for this morning has passed, residents are advised to remain away from their properties until the evening water levels recede.

The periods of greatest risk will be between 6 to 9pm in Bude, and 5 to 8pm in Portreath.

There are weather warnings in place across Cornwall for the next three days.

On both the north and south coasts flooding is possible at every high tide through until Monday morning.

Perranporth, Looe, Mevagissey, Porthleven, Newquay were all hit hard by storm Hercules which battered the coast earlier this month.

The Environment Agency, who has issued the strongest possible flood warnings for the Cornish coast, said Penzance, Mullion and Kingsand on the South coast and Newquay, and St Ives on the North coast could all be at risk.

The Met Office has a further weather warning in place predicting that heavy rain and gales will continue through to Monday.

Emergency service bosses, together with council and Environment Agency staff are preparing a co-ordinated response to the wild weather.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said the wind will peak at a South Westerly force 10 this afternoon.

The spokesman said: "Waves are forecast to be over 6m, with a tidal surge around 500mm.

"Overtopping of coastal defences is expected. Exposed coastal locations are most at risk.

"Impacts are likely to be similar to coastal flooding in January."

The Environment Agency said beaches, coastal promenades, roads and footpaths would be “extremely dangerous”.

Regarding the latest warning a Met Office spokesman said: “A deep low pressure system will track northwards close to western Britain on Sunday night with the associated frontal system likely to bring another spell of heavy rain and gales to western and southwestern areas during Monday.

“Another 10 to 20 mm of rain and perhaps 30 mm or more locally is possible in areas already saturated. Winds will also strengthen to give gusts 50 to 60 mph and locally 70 mph or more around exposed coasts and headlands. Gales coupled with high tides are also likely to increase the risk of coastal flooding in exposed areas. “

A "silver command" to co-ordinate public services met this morning and will remain in place through the day if necessary.

A spokesman for Cornwall Council said: "Officers are working together from Cornwall Council’s highways, environment, fire and rescue and emergency management services, Devon and Cornwall Police, Cormac and the Environment Agency and are monitoring the situation.

"All agencies are on standby to deal with any problems."

Surf forecast site magicseaweed has called the storm Hercules Take Two - a sequel of the storm that battered the coast at the start of this month - and have said it will be as damaging, dangerous and "similarly apocalyptic".

The latest storm, that has been christened Storm Brigid by the Weather Channel, comes on top of the fifth wettest January since records began.

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