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Waves up to 30 foot expected to hit Cornwall today

By WBJLock  |  Posted: January 06, 2014

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Monster waves are expected to hit the Cornish coastline today measuring more than 30 foot, with more flooding woes expected.

Surfing website Magicseaweed says a storm, roughly the size of France, is due to unleash on the south of England, France and Portugal this morning.

The storm, dubbed the Atlantic “code red” is predicted to generate waves of up to 10 metres.

It is the result of an Atlantic depression combined with winds of up to 70mph.

The Environment Agency has urged those along the coast to be prepared for flooding in Land’s End, Porthleven, Fowey, Looe and Wadebridge.

Particular care is urged at high tide at 8.34am in Newquay and 8.14am in Falmouth.

A wind warning from Exeter-based Met Office remains in place today until 11.55pm. A spokesperson said: “Strong winds will combine with large waves to bring the risk of coastal flooding. Winds will gust to 60 MPH or so on coasts, and locally to 70 MPH, but waves will be larger than usually associated with this strength.

The public should be aware of the dangers of waves crashing onshore and over topping shore lines and sea fronts.

The coastguard has urged surfers to use common sense before entering the water.

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  • Trecurnow  |  January 06 2014, 1:57PM

    What a good idea - build on high ground and flood out the existing properties on lower levels. That must be why Sainsburys is built on a 2 metre high breakwater - people from Penzance will have to row out to shop there!

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  • D-Head  |  January 06 2014, 11:10AM

    I'd like to do a painting of this. I might call it "'The rain it raineth every day," in honour of former Newlyn School artists. Seriously though, what we need is thousands of more houses on high ground above Penzance, then the water pouring downhill will fill the voids beneath our very shaky Promenade and save any money being spent repairing it.

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