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Whole of Cornwall coast on flood watch as ex-storm hits

Whole of Cornwall coast on flood watch as ex-storm hits

Published by Emma Carton at 12:00pm 26th November 2019. (Updated at 3:53pm 26th November 2019)

Archive photo of storm waves at Penzance: Lee James Palmer

The WHOLE of the Cornish coast is now on flood watch, as ex-Storm Sebastien hits.

Warnings have been issued for the whole of the south coast from, Land's End to Rame Head and at Mount's Bay.

This means flooding is expected and immediate action should be taken.

The Environment Agency has also issued alerts from Land's End to Hartland Point because of strong winds and super high tides.

Scroll down to check the full list of flood warnings and alerts or follow the updates on Pirate FM's live blog here.

What flood warnings and alerts are in force?

Flood Warnings:

South Cornwall Coast: Mount's Bay. Flooding is expected for: Including the Lifeboat Station, Foster-Bolitho Gardens, St Marys Primary School, Queens Street car park, Jubilee Pool, The Quay, Ross Bridge, the railway track at Chyandour Cliff, the A30 and B3311 at Ponsandane Bridge.   

South Cornwall Coast: Land's End to Lizard Point. Flooding is expected for: Lands End to Lizard Point including Mousehole, Praa Sands, Porthleven and Mullion Harbour.

South Cornwall Coast: Lizard Point to Gribbin Head. Flooding is expected for: Lizard Point to Gribbin Head including the tidal rivers Helford and Fal, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth, Penryn, Flushing, Mylor, Calenick, Tresillian, St Mawes, Ruan Lanihorne, Portscatho, Portloe, Portholland, Mevagissey and Par.   

South Cornwall Coast: Gribbin Head to Rame Head. Flooding is expected for: Gribbin Head to Rame Head including Fowey, Golant, Lostwithiel, Lerryn, Polruan, Polperro, Looe and the Looe Rivers and Seaton.   

South Cornwall Coast: Rame Head to Wembury Bay. Flooding is expected for: Rame Head to Wembury Bay including Kingsand, Cawsand, Cremyll, Millbrook, Torpoint, Saltash, Tideford, Calstock, St Budeaux, Stonehouse, Laira, Plympton Marsh Mills, Cattewater and tidal rivers Tamar, Plym and Yealm excluding Plymouth Barbican.   

"Flooding is expected over the high tide on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. High water at Newlyn on Tuesday is at 16:18pm and on Wednesday is at 04:41. Times of high water will vary along the coast.

"Force 7 south-south-westerly winds and offshore wave heights of 5.6m are forecast for the high tide on Tuesday afternoon.  Force 6 westerly winds and offshore wave heights of 4.5m are forecast for the high tide on Wednesday morning. 

"Conditions may apply two hours either side of the high tide. Expect tides to be around 500mm higher than predicted due to weather conditions.

"Large waves and spray are likely so take care near coastal paths and promenades. Do not drive through flood water or waves.

"We are continuing to monitor the situation and will issue updates if the situation changes".

Environment Agency 


Flood alerts:  

North Cornwall Coast: Land's End to Chapel Porth. Locations that could be at risk include Sennen, St Ives, Carbis Bay, Lelant, Portreath and Porthtowan.

North Cornwall Coast: Chapel Porth to The Rumps. Locations that could be at risk include Trevellas, Perranporth, Newquay, Mawgan Porth, Porth and Polzeath.

North Cornwall Coast: The Rumps to Hartland Point. Locations that could be at risk include Port Quinn, Port Isaac, Port Gaverne, Flexbury, Widmouth Bay, Trebarwith Strand and Boscastle.

North Cornwall Coast: The Tidal River Camel. Locations that could be at risk include Padstow, Rock, Sladesbridge and the A389.

"Flooding is possible over the high tide on Tuesday afternoon on the 26th November and Wednesday morning on the 27th. 

"High water at St Ives on Tuesday is at 16:42 and 05:03 on Wednesday. Times of high water will vary along the coast. 

"Tide levels are now rising towards spring tides which peak on Wednesday. 

"High tide levels, along with strong winds generating large waves and some surge may be enough to cause some localised coastal flooding. 

"The current forecast conditions, associated with ex-storm Sebastian, could result in 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 flood warnings and alerts for Cornwall here.

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