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Cornwall coast on flood watch for FOURTH day

Cornwall coast on flood watch for FOURTH day

Published by Emma Carton at 6:45am 31st October 2019. (Updated at 8:01am 31st October 2019)

A flood alert for a stretch of the Cornish coast has been extended to cover a fourth day.

It is in force for Lizard Point to Gribbin Head on Thursday, because of strong winds and super high tides.

The Environment Agency warns waves could spill over the tops of sea defences, harbour walls and quays.

On Wednesday, Swanpool Road in Falmouth was closed and trains and ferries had to be cancelled.

CrossCountry Trains have been suspended on Thursday morning, because of the forecast bad weather at Dawlish.

Another has been issued for the Upper River Tamar, after a day of torrential rain.

A weather warning is also in force for most of Devon but, luckily, misses the Duchy: Read more.

What flood alerts are in force?

Upper River Tamar:

"Flooding of low lying land and roads is possible overnight on Wednesday and into the early hours of Thursday morning. 

"Heavy and persistent rainfall has been forecast for Cornwall and Devon, with totals up to a maximum of 50mm. 

"This weather system is expected to stall over Cornwall and West Devon. 

"As the ground is saturated from the previous weeks of rain, rivers are expected to respond to this rainfall. 

"As there is uncertainty on which specific areas of the counties will see the higher totals of rainfall, we are issuing this flood alert based on the weather forecast. 

"The weather system is expected to pass the area by Thursday morning. However further rain is forecast for the weekend".

Environment Agency

South Cornwall Coast: Lizard Point to Gribbin Head:

"This flood alert has been extended and now includes the high tides on both Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. 

"High tide at Falmouth on Wednesday evening is 18:44, times of high water will vary along the coast. 

"High spring tides with offshore wave heights of over 2m and Force 7 easterly winds are forecast and may cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations. 

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

Environment Agency

You can check the latest warnings here or watch how to be prepared...

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