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VIDEO: Floods, Thunder and Snow Predicted to Hit Cornwall

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6:54am 3rd March 2014
(Updated 6:54am 3rd March 2014)

For the second time in a year, the biggest waves in the world are due to batter Cornwall.

They come on top of spring tides - prompting fears it could mean more flooding.

That is on top of heavy rain, hail, thunder - and even the chance of a bit of snow over the hills.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "Heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms with hail will affect southern parts of England and Wales during Sunday night and Monday. Some of the showers will become aligned into bands producing longer spells of rain, with some snow possible over the higher ground of southwest England and south Wales.

"The public should be aware of the risk of disruption to travel, primarily from localised surface water flooding.

"An area of low pressure will move southeast across southwest England during Monday morning.

"Bands of heavy showers, some with hail and thunder will develop in the circulation of the low, leading to some locally large rainfall totals (20-30 mm), whilst other places will see relatively small amounts of rain. The air will be cold enough for rain to turn to snow over the hills of southwest England and south Wales during Monday morning with some temporary accumulations of snow possible above 300-400 metres."

The Environment Agency issued flood warnings for the north and south Cornwall coasts. A spokesperson said: "Strong winds, tidal surge and large waves are expected to cause flooding at exposed locations over the high tides on Sunday evening and Monday morning.

"Locations with damage to defences, buildings and structures will be especially vulnerable to the predicted large waves. Strong winds are forecast for Sunday evening and large waves are expected to build through to Monday. Conditions in exposed locations will be dangerous so please remain a safe distance from coastal frontages. Conditions will usually apply 2 to 4 hours either side of high tide."

Chris Wilson has a holiday home in Penzance and is worried about the worst series of storms in a generation. He said: "Our concern is if we have more storms it's going to be the same again. I'm getting too old to be bailing for three hours, buckets over a wall."

6:54am 3rd March 2014

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