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LIVE: Latest storm and flooding news in Cornwall today

By WBGraeme  |  Posted: February 02, 2014

  • The damage close to Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay

  • Waves crash into the cliff above Porthleven Sands

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CORNWALL remains on high alert again today for strong winds and high tides after the county took a battering last night.

3.30pm: The Environment Agency has issued a new warning of possible flooding at high tide on Monday, around 7am, warning people of hazardous conditions two hours either side.

Areas of highest risk are Penzance, Porthleven and Mullion

A statement said: “Overtopping coastal defences is likely with high energy waves and spray combined with high tides and south to south easterly winds.

“Beaches, coastal promenades, roads and footpaths will be extremely dangerous.

“Wind is forecast to be force 8 to 9, with a tidal surge of around 400mm.

“Coastal areas will be extremely dangerous. People are advised to avoid these areas.”

11.30am: The Met Office has issued a warning for more rain in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly from 4am on Monday.

Valid until 6pm that day, the warning from the Met Office predicts “outbreaks of heavy rain accompanied by strengthening winds, which may also combine with high tides to increase the risk of coastal flooding in exposed locations”.

Their chief forecaster adds: “A deepening 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 20 mm of rain, perhaps with 30 mm or more locally Cornwall and Pembroke, is likely, much of it within 3 hours or so. Whilst totals will be less (5-10 mm) further east, pre-existing saturation brings the risk of flooding here too.

“Winds will also strengthen to give gusts of 50 to 60 mph around exposed coasts and headlands. Gales coupled with high tides brings the risk of waves overtopping coastlines.”

11:13am: French fishing boat which was abandoned last night off the north Cornwall coast has run aground off Park Head, Porthcothan. The crew were plucked to safety via helicopter last night but the boat was left run aground in rough seas. Wreckage has been spotted and people advised not to go near the debris as it may be contaminated.

11:00am: Electricity has been restored to houses in Redruth and surrounding areas. Western Power Distribution apologises to people affected in TR15 and TR16 postcode areas.

10.45: The Environment Agency has renewed flood warnings for the entire north coast of Cornwall, highlighting Wadebridge and Bude.

9.00am: The Seven Stones Buoy, out in the Atlantic, reported wind speed of 22 knots (25mph) and swell of 19.4 feet at 12 seconds at 8am this morning.

Incidents reported this morning:

Bude was among the worst areas hit by the high tide, as the video, below, shows:

The seafront close to Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium has again been severely damaged. A large hole has opened up and the road has collapsed. The area has been cordoned off by police.

Train services are suspended between Liskeard and Looe again due to flooding. Coaches are running instead.

Wharf Road in St Ives is closed due to flooding.

Beach Road in Perranporh is also close due to flooding. One property is reported flooded.

Last night: Five men were rescued from a damaged French fishing boat off Trevose Head. A Navy search and rescued helicopter winched five up and one other was picked up by the RNLI lifeboat from Padstow.

Waves cause extensive damage to the road by Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay.

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