High risk of coastal flooding predicted

Thursday, January 2, 2014
4:37 PM

Residents are being warned to stay away from the shoreline.

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East Devon District Council staff are on the alert as forecasters predict a high risk of coastal flooding over the next few days.

Residents are being warned to stay away from the shoreline following two deaths caused by high seas in North Devon and Cornwall.

The Environment Agency is issuing severe flood warnings around all of the Devon and Cornwall coastline. Tides are high in any case with big waves, but particular concerns are being expressed for the early morning high tides on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 3, 4 and 5 January. The advice is for the public to keep clear of seafronts during high tides.

The Met Office has advised that they expect South Westerly gales in coastal areas of 55 to 65mph tomorrow (Friday) with inland gusts of 40 to 50mph. This will produce waves of 2 to 4m at 6am, rising to 3 to 5m by midday (higher on the north coast of Devon and in Cornwall).

Stormy showers are expected tomorrow and heavier rain is forecast for Sunday (10-20mm) with winds of 40 to 50 mph.

All agencies are on standby and their main aim will be minimising risk to the public and the safety of responders, minimising risk to property and disruption to communities, and a quick return to normality after the predicted coastal flooding.

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