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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:02am 6th January 2014 (Updated 7:05am 7th January 2014)

Winds of up to 70mph are lashing Cornwall - sending waves up to ten metres high crashing into the coast.

The hundred year old stone hut at Portreath has reportedly been torn down and the sea wall at Seaton near Looe has partially collapsed.

A Met Office forecaster warned: "Strong winds will combine with large waves to bring the risk of coastal flooding. Winds will gust to 60mph or so on coasts, and locally to 70mph, 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.

"A large, deep depression in the Atlantic is whipping waves up out at sea on Sunday, these coming into western and southern coastal areas of the UK as a large swell on Monday. Exceptionally high waves are expected, and whilst tides are past their peak of last week, they will still be high, bringing a risk of coastal flooding."

Gareth Horner from the RNLI in Newquay said: "It's glorious to watch but it's treacherous and so very, very dangerous - so I would urge the public, please watch it from high ground."

He warned that the drawn out storms were having a serious impact on the Duchy's fishing fleet: "It's the perfect storm in a way, financially, for the fishing industry as a whole. The guys just can't get out there to earn a living. They've got boats and mortgages to be paid for irrespective of if they're in or out. They're having a tough time."

There are fears some surfers will try to ride the giant waves. This chart from website Magic Seaweed shows the size of the swell approaching the southwest.

Magic Seaweed swell prediction

Pirate FM's surf expert, Jamie Neale, said: "My advice for anyone thinking about surfing today is - don't. The swell is massive, probably the biggest we've seen in a decade, huge tides, lots of water moving around. Conditions couldn't be more dangerous really.

"If in doubt - don't paddle out."

Since Sunday evening fire crews have been called to a string of flooding incidents.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: "Five firefighters from Newquay attended a stretch of road at the Trevemper roundabout which was estimated to be 30 cm deep and 50 metres long. Crews unblocked drains and let the water drain away naturally.

"Ten firefighters in two appliances from Perranporth attended Tywarnhale square where a major pump and a light portable pump was used to clear water which was two foot deep in places.

"Crews were also requested to attend a premises at St Minver, Wadebridge which had water two foot deep outside the premise, an officer was mobilised to assess the situation. Fortunately a second call from the premise was received stating that the water was naturally receding and the fire service was no longer required.

"Five firefighters from Truro attended a call from a premises which had 18 inches of water surrounding the premise in the Carnon valley, a light portable pump and a main pump was used to remove the water."

It all comes as thousands go back to work and school after the Christmas break.

You can watch how waves pounded Perranporth, Porthleven and the damage wreaked at Newquay here...

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