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VIDEO: Sunday's Storms Cause More Misery

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5:31am 6th January 2014
(Updated 5:31am 6th January 2014)

Flooded communities in Cornwall batten down the hatches for more bad weather.

On Saturday night there were snow showers in places like Camborne, Helston and Rame.

A fleet of gritters has been out, amid a weather warning for icy roads lasting till midmorning in the east.

That is on top of another for more torrential rain - and winds getting up to 50mph.

The whole of Cornwall's coast is covered by a flood alert for Sunday morning's high tide.

The peak of the high spring tides has passed, but the Environment Agency warns there could still be big waves and overtopping.

A spokesperson said: "The peak of the exceptional spring high tides has now passed but the risk of localised flooding or overtopping remains. The local time of high water is 07:15 at Newlyn and 08:30 at Devonport. At Devonport the predicted astronomical tide level is 2.63mAOD. The forecast surge height is 0.13m, wind direction is South South Westerly and wind strength is Force 5. Conditions will usually apply 2 to 4 hours either side of high tide.

"However, moderate winds and large waves continue to coincide with high spring tides. Extra care and vigilance still needs to be taken in coastal areas as there still may be spray and overtopping."

There are a string of other flood alerts out for rivers across Cornwall - set to be topped up by Sunday's storm.

The Environment Agency added: "River levels remain steady. Catchments are saturated and rivers remain very responsive to rainfall. More widespread persistent rainfall is forecast from early Sunday, clearing by the afternoon. 15 mm of rain is likely, with up to 35 mm on higher ground and south facing Slopes. Rivers are expected to respond to this and may cause localised flooding."

You can find the latest flood warnings and alerts here.

A spokesperson for the Met Office warned: "Outbreaks of rain, heavy at times, will move northeast across the UK on Sunday accompanied by strong winds. Quite widespread accumulations of 10-15 mm are likely across southern areas with locally in excess of 30 mm possible over some higher ground.

"This additional rainfall, following the recent very wet weather, means that the public should be aware of an increased risk of both surface water and river flooding as well as disruption to transport."

It all comes as Cornwall struggles to clear up from last week's storms.

Part of Beach Road in Newquay collapsed after being battered by massive waves.

Engineers from Cormac have moved in to fix it - as forecasters confirmed the Duchy is experiencing the worst spate of storms in around 20 years.

Watch what happened when a storm surge suddenly hit the main road through Polzeath...

5:31am 6th January 2014

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