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Devon on flood alert after more wet weather
Updated 7:33pm Saturday 1st February 2014 in Devon
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- Heavy rainfall expected this weekend
- January has already broken rainfall records
- Military remain on standby to deal with floods in Somerset
Massive hole smashed through by the sea in Newquay! #cornwallstorm http://t.co/Aj3h77DpyH— @Photobrookphoto 01 February 2014
THE latest from the Environment Agency:
Strong winds, high tides and swollen rivers continue to bring an increased risk of flooding.
Significant disruption is possible along much of the coast of Wales and south-west England.
Gales, large waves and high tides present a danger to life and are expected to result in overtopping of sea walls and defences causing flooding to properties along with disruption to travel.
People are urged to stay away from coastal paths and promenades and to avoid walking or driving through fast flowing water.
Risk of flooding will continue into next week, with @metofficeUK forecasting further heavy rain in southern England and Wales #floodaware— @EnvAgency 01 February 2014
TWO severe flood warnings, 39 flood warnings and 38 flood alerts remain across the South West.
For the latest, visit the Environment Agency's website.
Here's how the Environment Agency's live flood map is looking at the moment across Devon and Cornwall:
WINDS will continue to increase today, with gusts widely to 50 to 60 mph, and locally to around 70 mph on exposed coasts in the west.
Additionally, large waves could lead to over-topping along some coastlines.
People should avoid getting too close and putting themselves and others at risk.
Update at 14:30: 2 severe flood warnings, 39 flood warnings and 37 flood alerts in the South West. More info: http://t.co/CMsuF0Xntp— @EnvAgencySW 01 February 2014
Avoid floodwater on the road surface, you won't know how deep it is or what it could be hiding @EnvAgencySW #flooding #weather— @NWDevonPolice 01 February 2014
THE Environment Agency has issued this statement:
Significant disruption could occur in vulnerable areas throughout the South West.
Strong winds (Force 5-6) and spring tides will increase the risk of coastal flooding in parts of Dorset, North Somerset, Bristol and the north coast of Devon and Cornwall.
High tides and possible storm surges could cause wave overtopping and localised flooding of roads and properties in exposed coastal locations.
The stormy weather is expected to continue into Sunday.
High winds combined with spring tides will result in dramatic waves.
Nick Lyness from the Environment Agency said: "Strong winds and large waves are forecast along the south and west coast of England between Friday and Sunday, coinciding with high tides,
"Impacts could include flooding affecting some coastal properties and communities.
"Coastal paths and promenades could be highly dangerous as there is an increased risk of being swept out to sea.
"People are warned to stay away from the shoreline.
"The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely, working alongside partners including the Met Office and local authorities.
"Environment Agency teams are out on the ground making sure that flood defences are in good working order, monitoring sea levels and preparing to issue flood alerts and warnings."
People can follow the Environment Agency in the South West on Twitter at @EnvAgencySW and can sign up for flood warnings by contacting Floodline on 0845 9881188.
Update at 13:20: currently 2 severe flood warnings, 43 flood warnings and 37 flood alerts in the south west: http://t.co/qEGbMrdBko— @EnvAgencySW 01 February 2014
RT @EnvAgency: Be prepared for flooding. Check our latest flood forecast at http://t.co/c57xOOvaO1. More info at http://t.co/6AWRm2Qeea...— @EnvAgency 01 February 2014
Don't attempt to drive through #flood water - 30cm of flowing water is enough to move the average family car #floodaware— @DSFireUpdates 01 February 2014
If you’re worried about flooding, make sure you sign up for free flood warnings from @EnvAgency http://t.co/OnZNpnFfs6 #floodaware— @EnvAgency 01 February 2014
During Saturday morning and evening high tides periods, the main areas of concern in Devon are: Plymouth Barbican and Illfracombe seafront.
Councils, the fire service and police were at work yesterday warning and informing the at risk communities and checking flood defences.
A change in the direction of the wind is the cause behind the high tides.
THE Met Office is predicting heavy showers, strong gails and even sleet showers in part of Devon.
Severe flood warnings are reducing in the region but make sure you continue to be #floodaware latest info at http://t.co/NnkIc4O0gZ— @EnvAgencySW 01 February 2014
The Environment Agency has issued two severe flood warnings, 36 flood warnings and 37 flood alerts for the South West.
DEVON-BASED surf forecaster Magic Seaweed said the storm would not have the same intensity as the one named Hercules, which battered the coast over the new year.
MORE than 100 homes could be evacuated as rain and strong winds are again forecast to hit south-west England.
Residents of homes known to be at high risk of coastal flooding in Bude and Portreath in Cornwall are being advised to vacate their homes during high tide periods on Saturday.
The Environment Agency has issued six severe warnings for coastal areas in Devon and Cornwall.
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