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3:48pm 5th February 2014
(Updated 3:48pm 5th February 2014)
Houses have been left underwater, families forced out of their homes, roofs ripped off and more than 100 trees ripped up after a night of storms in Cornwall.
Winds were recorded of more than 90mph and there is a warning of more to come.
Waves of more than ten metres are pummeling towns and villages and the Environment Agency warns defences may not be able cope.
A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: "Waves will be significantly bigger in exposed coastal locations. People are advised to avoid these areas as they will be extremely dangerous. The recent storms have caused damage at coastal locations. There may be an increased risk at Stonehouse, Plympton, Lamorna, Penzance, Porthleven, Mullion, Pentewan, Seaton and Kingsand."
Around 6,000 people are without power in Cornwall, thanks to almost 250 faults.
Phil Davies from Western Power said engineers have been at it through the night: "They are working in atrocious conditions, as you can imagine. They are up poles that are 10m high, working in the air in pretty bad conditions, but we will do our utmost to get supplies back."
In Kingsand around 50 families were urged to evacuate to the village hall as the storm surge swept in, as rescuers were forced to cut their way into the village with chainsaws.
Ian lives nearby and said: "Big waves - last night was the worst of it all. There's a fair bit of damage around, bits of decking and people's verandas."
In Porthleven, the sea has smashed through the harbour, sinking at least four boats.
Coastguard Chris said: "The pier is pretty much submerged most of the time with waves breaking over the top of the tower. It's probably the worst we've seen down here since 1989."
See video from Porthleven here...
Firefighters have rescued others from their flooded homes.
There has been flooding in Newlyn, Perranporth, Fowey and thirty-five properties in Looe amongst other places.
Watch the moment water laps at the doors of properties in Looe here...
A double decker bus was blown over at Carland Cross. There were no passengers onboard and no injuries.
A hotel in Mount Wise had its roof ripped off and First Great Western says it can not run trains to Penzance past Exeter because of damage to the track.
In a message on its website the rail company said: "We are unable to offer a train service West of Exeter St Davids towards Penzance due to further overnight severe weather conditions. We are working with Network Rail to evaluate the rail conditions in many areas.
"We are unable to procure road transport as many of the roads have been affected by the weather conditions.
"We would strongly advise customers not to attempt to travel for the rest of today."
One senior policeman has said, in fifteen years, he can not remember a busier night for Devon and Cornwall Police, after taking 300 999 calls.
The Met Office has an amber weather warning for wind out for the rest of the day. A spokesperson said: "Winds are expected to gust to 60-70 mph over coasts and hills, and locally more across headlands, with 50-60 mph more generally inland. The public should be prepared for the risk of further disruption to transport and power due to fallen trees. Additionally, dangerously large waves will over top coastlines and bring the risk of further erosion and damage.
"A deep depression will migrate slowly northeastwards across Ireland and into Scotland today, bringing rain and very strong winds across the area. A swathe of strong southwesterly winds will run east along southern counties of England this morning, with a separate area of strong winds affecting mainly northern parts of Devon and Cornwall along with South Wales this afternoon."
A spokesperson for Cornwall Council said: "As well as addressing the issue of the minor roads blocked by fallen trees last night, CORMAC crews and the fire and rescue service are dealing with reports of damage to the harbours at Porthleven and St Mawes and Penzance , and flooding at Perranporth and further fallen trees at Hayle and Falmouth and St Columb Major near Winnards Perch.
"There are also further problems at Kingsand and at Cawsand where there are reports of damage to the Clock Tower and the Institution building at Kingsand and a house which is in danger of collapsing into the sea. Teams from CORMAC, the fire and rescue service, the police and the coastguards are on the scene. Further teams from CORMAC are also on route to make safe the homes damaged by last night's severe weather. A rest centre has now been opened at Maker with Rame Village Hall for any residents who may have to leave their homes.
"The latest report from the Met Office forecasts further strong winds today, with heavy rain. This is expected to ease towards the end of the day, but more heavy rain is expected on Thursday morning and then a further period of strong winds and heavy rain on Friday evening into Saturday."
There are yellow weather warnings for heavy rain to come tomorrow, Friday and Saturday.
Watch waves pounding the promenade in Penzance here...
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