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11:36am 12th February 2014
(Updated 11:36am 12th February 2014)

The next storm is sweeping into Cornwall.

The Duchy is on an amber weather warning for winds of up to 70mph and a yellow weather warning for up to 4cm of rain within twelve hours.

In fact there are now weather warnings out for the Duchy right up to and including Saturday.

But it is hoped we will avoid the massive storm surges that brought misery to places like Kingsand last week.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "A vigorous area of low pressure is expected to move northeastwards across northern parts of the UK later on Wednesday, clearing eastwards early on Thursday. This is likely to be accompanied by a swathe of southwesterly gales across many areas which may be severe in places.  Winds will veer more westerly later on Wednesday.

"A first peak in the winds is likely over southern and southwest England around the middle of Wednesday but with the main swathe of even stronger and potentially damaging winds crossing parts of Wales then northern England later in the day.

"The public should be prepared for the the risk of disruption to transport and possibly also power supplies.  In addition, large waves are likely to affect some coasts.

"Initially, southern and southwestern counties of England are likely to see southerly gales with gusts of 60-70 mph, perhaps 80 mph on the south coast for a brief period. Then parts of western England, Wales and northern England will bear the brunt as the wind veers west to southwesterly this afternoon with gusts of 60-70 mph widely, and gusts of 80-90 mph along some coasts of north and west Wales and perhaps northwest England. Gusts may reach 100 mph across the most exposed parts of NW Wales."

"A further spell of widespread rain, heavy in places, is likely to spread northeastwards across much of the UK on Wednesday clearing eastwards from southern areas on Wednesday evening. Following earlier heavy rainfall, the public should be aware of the potential for further flooding in places.

"Another Atlantic depression is expected to bring a spell of heavy rainfall and very strong winds to parts of the UK on Wednesday.  Southern and western parts of England and Wales look most likely to see further heavy rainfall. Some 15-25 mm of rain are likely within the warning area with a risk of 40 mm on high ground of south Wales and southwest England - much of this within a 12 hour period. Falling soon after earlier widespread rainfall, the cumulative effects of these weather systems are likely to exacerbate the current flooding situation."

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the south Cornwall Coast and flood warnings for the north coast, especially around Bude.

A spokesperson said: "Strong winds, tidal surge and large waves are expected to cause impacts at exposed locations. This flood warning is targeted at locations where coastal damage and temporary structures will be especially vulnerable. These locations include: Bude, Newquay, Perranporth, Portreath and St Ives.

High water on 12 February 2014 is between 15:30 at Newlyn and 16:51 at Ilfracombe. The forecast surge height is 700 mm. Force 9 winds may strengthen to Storm Force 10 or 11 along the North coast before high tide.

"Wave heights will increase to 8 metres, with a period of 15 seconds. The waves are approaching from a west-northwest direction and are expected to affect exposed locations. Conditions in exposed locations will be dangerous so please remain a safe distance from coastal frontages. Conditions apply 2 to 4 hours either side of high tide."

It could mean more misery for parts of the Duchy still clearing up after the last lot of storms.

The Idle Rocks hotel in St Mawes was just days away from reopening after a big refurbishment, when waves battered down doors and windows.

The owners now face a race against time to be ready for Easter.

Ivonne Scott from the hotel said: "To watch that literally be destroyed, in part, literally before your eyes, she showed remarkable resilience and stoicism and I have total admiration for her being able to cope.

"It is a marvellous thing in the face of adverse circumstances where communities come together. The village has been incredible. They've been offering to come down and help in any way they can. It's just a sign that there is a strong community spirit alive and well in St Mawes."

11:36am 12th February 2014

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