The South West braces itself for Hurricane Bertha

A YELLOW warning has been issued for England's South West. IMAGE: Met Office.

A YELLOW warning has been issued for England's South West. IMAGE: Met Office.

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RESIDENTS in the South West are bracing themselves for severe bad weather and potential flooding in light of warnings from the Met Office and Environment Agency.

The Met Office is warning of severe weather from the early hours of Sunday as the after effects of hurricane Bertha tracks over, or close to, Cornwall.

While the forecaster says there is still “a great deal of uncertainty” as to how exactly a storm will take shape, thanks to the depression caused by Bertha, it says the public should be alert to the threat of heavy rain, very strong winds, and large waves in coastal areas.

Holiday-makers are also urged to check the forecasts before journeying.

In an update on Saturday (August 9), the Met Office says: “This is a particularly volatile situation, and this alert is likely to be updated as the event approaches.

“The public are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and alerts through the weekend.”

Four flood alerts are currently in place under the Environment Agency’s watch for the Cornish and Devonshire coastlines, with high spring tides and strong winds expected on Sunday and Monday.

Craig Woolhouse, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: “The unseasonal low pressure system looks set to sweep up from the south west, through the Midlands and, towards the Humber from the early hours of Sunday morning.

“We advise people to keep themselves informed by checking flood warnings on the Environment Agency website and listening to local radio.

“If you’re travelling to or from holiday then check your flood risk before setting off, and don’t drive through flood waters.

“If you’re by the coast then stay safe, keep clear of promenades and don’t be tempted to put yourself at risk.”

The Environment Agency will continue to monitor the situation closely, along with the Met Office and local authorities.

To sign up for free flood warnings, check your flood risk and keep up to date with the latest, click here.

Further information and advice can also be found on the Met Office website.

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9:16am Sun 10 Aug 14

Samej1 says...

I'm just about to head out to see the destruction that the 20mph winds wreaked last night.....
I'm just about to head out to see the destruction that the 20mph winds wreaked last night..... Samej1
  • Score: 16

12:47pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Retired snapper says...

Caused havoc to the roads loads of potholes have appeared and grass on verges has grown a foot overnight.
Caused havoc to the roads loads of potholes have appeared and grass on verges has grown a foot overnight. Retired snapper
  • Score: 16

3:41pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Samej1 says...

Update: Morrisons car park was hazardous, flying sweet wrappers nearly hit me...
Update: Morrisons car park was hazardous, flying sweet wrappers nearly hit me... Samej1
  • Score: 14

4:35pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Retired snapper says...

Armageddon tonight then with a super moon full moon.
Armageddon tonight then with a super moon full moon. Retired snapper
  • Score: 13

5:31pm Sun 10 Aug 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

Some leaves have blown into my shed. Who do I see about compensation..?
Some leaves have blown into my shed. Who do I see about compensation..? GreatOdin'sRaven
  • Score: 13

5:53pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Retired snapper says...

There's a man at County hall in the leaves in shed department, best to ring him he's on £100,000 plus bonuses.
There's a man at County hall in the leaves in shed department, best to ring him he's on £100,000 plus bonuses. Retired snapper
  • Score: 11

11:34pm Sun 10 Aug 14

blackmasquerade says...

Retired snapper wrote:
There's a man at County hall in the leaves in shed department, best to ring him he's on £100,000 plus bonuses.
I believe he's on long term sick leave...
[quote][p][bold]Retired snapper[/bold] wrote: There's a man at County hall in the leaves in shed department, best to ring him he's on £100,000 plus bonuses.[/p][/quote]I believe he's on long term sick leave... blackmasquerade
  • Score: 7

7:58am Mon 11 Aug 14

Thurza says...

To be fair it was a bit breezy yesterday!
To be fair it was a bit breezy yesterday! Thurza
  • Score: 1

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