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WATCH: Cornwall on flood watch ahead of strong winds and waves

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2:31pm 16th April 2018
(Updated 2:31pm 16th April 2018)

Parts of Cornwall have been put on flood watch as strong winds and huge waves are expected to batter the Duchy.

The alerts are in force for Tuesday morning during high tide on the south coast.

The Environment Agency says areas from Lands End to Par could be affected.

The organisation warns that waves could reach 5.6m, with overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal spots.

Now people are being urged to stay away from the risk areas and be careful if walking near the coast.

A spokesperson for the Evironment Agency said: "Be prepared.

"Flooding is possible over the morning high tide on Tuesday 17th April 2018.

"High water at Falmouth is at 6.48am. Times of high water will vary along the coast.

"Strong force 7 southerly winds and offshore wave heights of 5.6m are forecast to cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations.

"Expect tides to be around 0.3m higher than predicted due to weather conditions.

"People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast."

Spots that could be affected run from Lands End to Lizard Point including Mousehole, Newlyn, Penzance, Longrock, Marazion, and Praa Sands.

Alerts are also out for Lizard Point to Gribbin Head including the tidal rivers Helford and Fal, Penryn, Flushing, St Mawes, Portscatho, Portloe, Portholland, Mevagissey and Par, excluding Truro City.

 

Advice on driving in floods and standing water:

  • Try to avoid standing water if you can.
  • Don't drive into flood water that's moving or more than 10cm (4 inches) deep. Let approaching cars pass first.
  • Drive slowly and steadily so you don't make a bow wave.
  • Test your brakes as soon as you can afterwards.
  • Fast-moving water is very powerful - take care or your car could be swept away.
  • If you do get stuck in flood water, it's usually best to wait in the car and call for help rather than try to get out.

You can find more advice from the AA here.

2:31pm 16th April 2018

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