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Flood alerts out for whole of north Cornwall coast

Flood alerts out for whole of north Cornwall coast

Published by Emma Carton at 6:32am 24th February 2020. (Updated at 5:06pm 24th February 2020)

Archive photo of storm waves at Penzance. Credit: Kernow Weather Team

Strong winds and super high tides have put the whole of the north Cornwall coast on flood watch.

The Environment Agency has issued alerts from Land's End to Bude.

Severe-level warnings are still in force up country, as Britain braces for another week of heavy rain.

Many flood-hit communities in Wales and the north are still recovering from Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis.

What alerts are in force for Cornwall and Devon?

The Environment Agency has issued a string of flood alerts for the north coast for Monday's high tides.

Forecasters are warning that conditions on the coast are expected to remain unsettled for most of the week.

Another is in force for a stretch of the River Tamar because of the heavy rain.

The following alerts are in force in Cornwall and Devon:

  • Flood alert - Upper River Tamar
  • Flood alert - Land's End to Chapel Porth
  • Flood alert - Chapel Porth to The Rumps, excluding the Tidal River Camel
  • Flood alert - Tidal River Camel, excluding Wadebridge and Chapel Amble
  • Flood alert - The Rumps to Hartland Point, excluding Bude
  • Flood alert - Hartland Point to Lynmouth

"Flooding is possible over the high tide of Monday morning, 24th February. 

"Force 8 south westerly winds and wave heights up to 4 metres are expected to coincide with the time of high water. 

"Criteria are only marginally met for this alert, and therefore at present no significant impacts are anticipated. 

"However there is the likelihood of some minor wave overtopping and wind-driven spray in exposed locations".

The EA adds: "Expect peak water levels to be up to 200mm above published astronomical tide heights. 

"The main areas of concern are west-facing exposed seafronts, quays and promenades. 

"Conditions at the coast for Monday through until Thursday are expected to remain unsettled. 

"Please take care near the areas of concern and continue monitor your local weather conditions".

Environment Agency

You can check the latest flood alerts and warning for Cornwall and Devon here or watch how to be prepared...

What is the weather forecast for Cornwall?

Monday: "After a dry, cloudy start, rain will spread across all parts through the morning, heavy at times. Rain clearing through the afternoon to give bright spells. It will be mild but windy with gales on coasts, easing by the evening".

Monday night: "A dry start with clear spells before scattered showers, wintry on higher ground, affect many parts by the morning. Frost in sheltered parts of the east. Windy on the coasts".

Tuesday: "Bright spells, but scattered showers too, becoming more frequent and heavy through the afternoon, and turning wintry on hills. Feeling colder as the winds strengthen, with gales later on coasts".

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday: "Bright spells on Wednesday with scattered showers. A spell of rain overnight, wintry on high ground, clearing through Thursday morning. Dry thereafter before further rain arrives during Friday".

Met Office

You can check the full forecast for Cornwall and the south-west here.

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