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Storm Ciara 'turns sea red' in Cornwall

Storm Ciara 'turns sea red' in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:45pm 10th February 2020. (Updated at 1:54pm 10th February 2020)

This was the scene after Storm Ciara 'turned the sea red' in Cornwall.

Rame Peninsula Beach Care took the photos around the Cawsand area on Sunday.

Gales of up to 80mph battered the Duchy's coastline along with heavy downpours.

red sea at Cawsand

The severe weather triggered an amber warning from the Met Office as well as flood alerts across the whole Cornish coast.

Rame Peninsula Beach Care says mud has been gushing from the steep-sided valleys and washing out to sea.

The group fear the problem is getting worse with our winters becoming even wetter.

red sea at Cawsand

"Greetings from the Red Sea!! No - not the one in Egypt. This is Cawsand Bay, yesterday, after heavy rain. 

"The picture was no doubt the same around much of the coast. 

"The world has already lost half its topsoil in the past 150 years, and with the endless succession of heavy rains this winter the situation has been dire here. 

red sea at Cawsand

"All climate models point to our winters becoming even wetter, with even more intense rainfall events. 

"Roads and streams all over the Rame Peninsula have regularly been running with red, gushing floods of mud from our steep-sided valleys and it all washes out to sea to settle on the protected seagrass beds in the bay - already assessed to be in 'unfavourable' condition. 

"Seagrass is not only a crucial habitat for juvenile fish, but is also (if healthy) a much more effective carbon store even than trees (hence ongoing efforts to harvest seagrass seeds and plant/ restore it around the UK coast)."

Rame Peninsula Beach Care

red sea at Cawsand

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