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Storm Ciara to whip up 24ft waves in Cornwall

Storm Ciara to whip up 24ft waves in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 9:54am 8th February 2020. (Updated at 3:32pm 8th February 2020)

Image: magicseaweed

The Cornish coastline is set to be battered by 'gigantic' waves at Storm Ciara hits.

A yellow weather warning for gales of up to 80mph is in force for the whole of Sunday.

However, that has been upgraded to an amber warning between 8am and 9pm.

Forecasters reckon it could be the most severe storm to hit the UK since 2013.

The Met Office says there could be travel trouble, power problems and a 'danger to life from flying debris' too.

Surfing website magicseaweed reports that the storm will whip up waves of up to 24ft on the north coast around Newquay.

The Environment Agency has also issued flood alerts for a large chunk of the Duchy's coastline.

What action is being taken?

Several visitor attractions are closing on Sunday because of the adverse weather conditions, including Trengwainton Gardens.

A beach clean at Glendurgan has also been rescheduled because of the storm.

Properties on St Michael's Mount have boarded up their windows as they prepare to batten down the hatches.

Lane closures and restrictions are likely to be in force on the Tamar Bridge across Sunday.

Delays and cancellations are also expected on Cornwall's rail link to London, because of huge waves forecast to hit the seafront at Dawlish.

You can check the latest traffic and travel information for Cornwall here.

What can we expect?

The yellow warning for strong winds will be in force from 00.00am until 23.59pm on Sunday.

The amber warning for strong winds will be in force from 08.00am until 21.00pm on Sunday.

The Met Office says we can expect:

  • Flying debris could lead to Injuries or danger to life
  • Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs expected
  • Longer journey times and cancellations, as road, rail, air and ferry services affected
  • Some roads and bridges closed
  • Power cuts with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • Injuries and danger to life from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties

What is the forecast?

"Widespread very strong winds will affect much of England and Wales during Sunday.

"Gusts of 60-70 mph will occur widely in inland areas and 70-80 mph along southern and western coasts.

"Heavy rain will accompany the strong winds leading to very poor driving conditions.

"The winds will slowly ease from the north during the latter part of the afternoon and through the evening".

Met Office

You can check the latest weather warnings for Cornwall here or watch the full weekend forecast below...

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