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UPDATED: Second Storm Surge Hits Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:09pm 3rd January 2014. (Updated at 8:27am 5th January 2014)

Cornwall braces for more bad weather as the clean-up after a second storm surge gets underway.

Huge waves crashed over the barriers at Bude at high tide on Friday night.

Water is lapping at the sandbags in Looe.

Properties in St Ives and near Truro were flooded, with businesses at Perranporth hit twice.

Janine Branch runs the Willows Restaurant which ended up under water: "It started trickling in, the waves came over, the Council put a few more sandbags out, we went and purchased obviously a lot of sandbags ourselves and then, as you can see, it was about three or four inches deep in here.

"It was as high as the wall. I appreciate obviously there's probably people worse off than us but even so, I think if the drains were clear, we'd have had a bit more of a chance; it's just not disipating at all, the water.

"Gutted, really gutted. I mean we knew obviously there was a chance but even the fire brigade said they've not seen it this bad in about twenty years."

Police had to pluck a man to safety from rough seas in Newquay.



In St Buryan, almost 180 homes are expected to be without power until lunchtime on Saturday.

Flood warnings are still out for the whole of the Cornish coast, Bude, Wadebridge and Truro and the Council's emergency silver committee is on standby.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain for Saturday morning, with another set to come into force on Sunday.

The Met Office chief forecaster said: "Another spell of wet and windy weather will affect the British Isles on Sunday as a new, deep depression becomes anchored over the eastern Atlantic Ocean. The associated frontal system is then expected to move eastwards across Britain, perhaps not clearing the far east and southeast until Monday morning."

Forecasters say 10-20 mm of rain is likely with locally in excess of 40 mm possible over some higher ground.

Mike Cooper from Richford's Fire and Flood is calling on us to put flood plans in action and stay away from the powerful breaking waves. He told Pirate FM: "Over the next three or four days the county is going to see significant further rainfall and high winds. Unfortunately it may by no means be over even my Monday. The message to people is to take care and to take whichever precautions they can."

He added that after the spring tides have passed focus will be back on inland rivers: "We've already had flooding so river levels are already beyond a point where they could be considered high. For want of a better phrase the wrong bit of rain, the wrong cloudburst in the wrong place unfortunately is likely to cause further flooding."

You can check the latest flood alerts and advice from the Environment Agency here.

On Friday, two houses were struck by lightening at Higher Crackington and the Coastwatch station at Cape Cornwall was also been hit by a bolt.

A driver died on the A30 near Launceston after his car careered into a tree.

Rob Andrew from the council's recovery team said: "Across Cornwall today there've been over ten road traffic accidents that can be attributed to the hail so we advise people to be very, very careful driving over the next 48 hours. Hail is very difficult to see at night, it's very hard to pick up in your headlights so please, please slow down if you think there's any risk of hail. It's probably some of the worst driving conditions I've experienced in 30 years of motoring."

South Western Ambulance Service said: "The changing conditions on the roads are making driving very hazardous - SWASFT has already attended 13 road traffic collisions this morning.

"The public can be reassured that all emergency, public and health services are working together to continue to provide a safe and effective service to all communities in the South West. However, it is vital that the public think about the most appropriate service for their needs before calling 999.

"Anyone suffering a life-threatening emergency should always call 999. If it is not a life-threatening emergency, we would urge the public to think about using other available healthcare services - NHS111, walk-in-centres, minor injury units, pharmacies etc.; please visit the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk for further information."

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