3 January 2014 Last updated at 01:08 ET

Storm: Updates from south-west England on Friday, 3 January


    Hi I'm Jonathan Morris, I'll be bringing you the latest updates as they happen on storms across the region today. Please email us with your comments and pictures.

    Flood warnings 0622:

    There are 14 severe flood warnings and 60 flood warnings in Devon and Cornwall, according to the Environment Agency.

    Flood defences 0625:

    People living in Ilfracombe in Devon were joined by emergency services during the night as they gathered sand from beaches to build flood defences.

    High tides 0627:

    High water is expected at 06:54 at Plymouth, 07:05 at Barnstaple and 07:57 at Weymouth in Dorset.

    Newquay defences 0634:

    At last night's high tide BBC reporter Jon Kay tweeted: Somewhere under that wave is the Newquay aquarium. High tide here in Cornwall. Very rough seas.

    Firefighters strike 0636:

    Firefighters are striking this morning and will continue until 08:30 GMT says Cornwall Fire Brigade.

    Homes flooded 0637:

    Homes on Penzance promenade have flooded this morning, BBC Radio Cornwall is reporting.

    St Ives harbour 0642:

    The are reports of St Ives harbour flooding, according to BBC Radio Cornwall.

    Ferries cancelled 0646:

    Brittany Ferries has cancelled its crossings to and from Plymouth and France.

    Trains suspended 0649:

    Because of flooding, trains between Liskeard and Looe are currently suspended. Replacement road transport has been requested reports National Rail.

    Looe harbour 0652:

    BBC Radio Cornwall tweets: Water right at the top of the harbour wall, Looe.

    Looe harbour
    Roads flooded 0656:

    Devon highways reports flooding on the B3178 at Bicton Park in Devon and on the B3233 between Instow and Westleigh.

    There are also reports of flooding on A39 at Perranarworthal and the A390 at Tresillian.

    For more travel news go to the BBC's pages for Devon and Cornwall

    High tides moving 0656:

    Environment Agency SW tweets: High tide is moving up the Cornish coast. Take care when out on coastal paths and promenades Stay safe stay #FloodAware

    Promenade waves 0658:

    Ross Ellis of BBC Radio Cornwall reports that waves have been crashing over the promenade at Penzance in Cornwall.

    Newquay waves 0704:

    BBC reporter Jon Kay tweets: Waves still getting bigger at Newquay in Cornwall. Overtopping harbour wall.

    Newquay harbour
    Wheelie bins afloat 0706:

    William Thomas, a St Ives Boatman, said: "The promenade is flooded in a couple of places. The sea is going across to the shops. There are wheelie bins floating in the harbour."

    St Ives: Seawater surge 0709:
    St Ives

    Seawater surges over the promenade at St Ives in Cornwall as the high tide reaches its peak.

    Looe: Floating debris 0711:

    Geoff Penhaligon, the harbourmaster in Looe, Cornwall, told BBC Radio Cornwall: "There is a lot of debris floating around.

    "The main street through East and West Looe is flooding. But the winds have died off.

    "It's another pain to deal with. It's not a one in 20 year event, it's more than once a year now."

    Met Office warning 0716:

    BBC Weather presenter Emily Wood says the Met Office weather warning for strong winds is valid all day with gusts of 60-70mph around coasts.

    Kingsbridge flooded 0719:

    The BBC's Peter Trembath tweeted a picture of Kingsbridge town centre under water. Reporter James Watts reports drains have become overwhelmed.

    Flooded road
    Scilly escapes worst 0726:

    Sgt Colin Taylor on the Isles of Scilly tweets: Looks like St Mary's has escaped worst. Porthcressa & Old Town appear sound. Some flooding in Hugh Town but manageable

    Salcombe flooded 0727:

    The main road into Salcombe, Devon, is closed because of flooding, Michael Chequer at BBC Radio Devon reports.

    Roads reopened 0733: Via Twitter

    Cornwall Council ‏tweeted roads opened again at Mevagissey, Millbrook and Polzeath in Cornwall. Still closed in St Ives and Fowey.

    Weather deteriorates 0734:

    BBC Cornwall reporter Ross Ellis in Penzance, says: "Since we last spoke the weather has deteriorated.

    "The wind has picked up in the last half hour. The tide is very high, one of the highest I have ever seen."

    Latest on the roads 0739:

    A number of main roads in Devon and Cornwall are affected by flooding, BBC Travel news reports.

    In Devon roads in Barnstaple, Braunton, Kingsbridge, Paignton, and Plymouth are affected.

    And in Cornwall there are still reports of flooding on the A39 and A390.

    As it happened
    Boat in street 0745:

    Flooding prompts one man to take to his boat as water covered Fore Street in Salcombe, Devon.

    Seafront closed 0749:

    Exmouth seafront from docks to Orcombe Point is closed because waves are washing over the sea wall, reports the BBC'S Michael Chequer.

    Christchurch evacuation warning 0749:

    East Dorset District Council is advising the residents of Beaulieu Gardens Home Park near the riverside in Christchurch to consider evacuating as soon as possible.

    Staff from partner agencies are on hand at the Baptist Church in Owls Road to offer help and advice.

    Flood watch 0755:

    The Environment Agency has issued a severe flood warning for Preston Beach in Weymouth.

    Residents are not being asked to evacuate at this time however the situation is being closely monitored.

    Round up of situation 0800:

    There are 14 severe flood warnings still in place around the south-west coast of England and the Met Office has a yellow warning for wind in the area.

    There has been flooding along the coasts of Cornwall and Devon with water on roads in Looe, Penzance, St Ives, Kingsbridge, Salcombe and Barnstaple.

    The rail line between Liskeard and Looe is closed and buses have replaced trains.

    Trains out of action 0806:

    Flooding on the tracks means no trains are operating between Paignton and Newton Abbot in Devon reports National Rail.

    Barrels afloat 0808:
    Looe Beer barrels litter the street in Looe, Cornwall

    Looe on Cornwall's south coast has been hit by flooding, with 8ins (20cm) of water in the town centre, reports Hamish Marshall of BBC Spotlight.

    Coastal communities at Penzance, Newquay, Millbrook, and Flushing are also affected.

    Seafront closed 0809:

    The BBC's Michael Chequer at Devon County Council control room says Exmouth seafront has been closed and Exeter Road in Teignmouth is blocked by the police station.

    Torquay: Wind picks up 0811:

    The BBC's Sophie Pearce in Torquay, Devon, reports: "The wind has picked up. The water is higher than I have ever seen it.

    "In the inner harbour the boats are floating at the level of the road. But they are looking secure."

    Travel in Dorset 0812:

    BBC Travel news reports there is flooding on A352 Dorchester Road in East Burton between the Burton Road junction and the East Knighton Lane junction.

    Improving situation 0816:

    BBC Radio Cornwall reports the Environment Agency has said the county appears to have been "quite fortunate" so far - although there has been localised flooding in towns like Fowey and Looe.

    Alan Burrows from the Environment Agency said: "As the tides recede we should see an improving situation.

    "Hopefully the high tides later won't be bad."

    Kingsbridge flooding 0817:

    BBC reporter Peter Trembath tweets: Latest from Kingsbridge flooding the water is just below the top of the pavement #BBCSpotlight #BBCDevon #Flooding

    Kingsbridge flooding
    Water subsides 0822:

    BBC Radio Cornwall reporter Karen Stuart in Looe, Cornwall, said: "The difference a couple of hours can make.

    "The water is subsiding across the town now.

    "There's still some flood patches around the shops. People are saying they have escaped pretty well.

    "Thoughts are turning to this evening's high tides now."

    Road flooded 0823:

    Commercial Road in Weymouth, Dorset has been flooded.

    Police have closed the road with all bus services temporarily operating from the King's Statue stop, First Group Dorset reports.

    Cafe clean-up 0826:

    Lazy Jacks cafe in Fowey, Cornwall, tweeted: "Looks like we are going to have some mopping up to do!"

    Lazy Jacks
    Wall collapse 0833:

    A wall has collapsed into the road outside the Commodore Hotel in Marine Parade, Instow, Devon Highways reports.

    Road crews are on their way to the scene. The road is expected to be closed "for some time" said the BBC's Michael Chequer.

    Resident evacuated 0835:

    Geoff Brown, Cornwall councillor responsible for community protection, said one resident had been evacuated during flooding in Penzance.

    Stones ripped up 0841:

    Dale Clarke, harbour master on the Isles of Scilly told BBC Radio Cornwall: "On St Mary's we've had a number of paving stones ripped up from the quay and rails bent."

    Floodwater warning 0844:

    Devon and Cornwall Police tweets: #floodaware Please do not be tempted to drive through floodwater as it only takes a small amount of water to wreck a vehicle engine.

    Cobra meeting 0847:

    Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said he would be chairing another government Cobra meeting to discuss the weather situation.

    He said: "With a number of severe flood warnings still in place I urge everyone to follow the advice from the Environment Agency and police and to take every precaution"

    Lower tides 0851:

    BBC Cornwall weather forecaster Wendy Wheatley says this evening's high tides are expected to be about 12in (30cm) lower than this morning.

    You can see tide tables on the BBC page here.

    Pier under water 0852:

    Emily Travers took this photograph of flooding in Dittisham in Devon. She says the pier is completely under water.

    Dittisham, Devon
    Firefighter strike ends 0855:

    A two-hour strike by Cornwall firefighters over changes to pensions has finished.

    Wind warning 0859:

    This is what the Met Office weather chart is looking like for 12:00 GMT today. Low pressure and lots of isobars close together - warnings of gusts of up to 70mph on the coasts of Devon and Cornwall.

    Weather chart
    Signs blowing away 0901:

    Bodmin Police tweet: Police accident road signs are blowing away in high winds. Please slow down, look out for our blue lights and be patient if we divert you.

    Under water 0910:

    The BBC's Hamish Marshall tweeted: "Daylight shows the Main Street in Looe - this is a road not a river."

    Looe Looe in Cornwall under water
    Ferries back in service 0912:

    The King Harry ferry across the River Fal in Cornwall is back in service after bad weather forced it out of action says BBC Travel Cornwall..

    And the Dartmouth Higher Ferry has reopened as tides subside, according to BBC Travel Devon..

    M5 accident 0916:

    BBC Travel South West tweets: #Devon M5 between Exeter and Cullompton we've got reports there's an accident and difficult driving conditions due to standing water.

    Footage of waves 0923:

    Watch: BBC News has filmed unusually large waves hitting Newquay in Cornwall during the high tides this morning.

    Waves in Newquay
    Mopping out 0928:

    BBC Spotlight's Hamish Marshall ‏tweets that Main Street in Looe, Cornwall, now is passable for cars after flood water levels went down.

    "About 20 businesses needing to mop out," he says.

    Road reopened 0931:

    Preston Beach Road in Weymouth, Dorset has reopened after this morning's high tide with the defences doing their job.

    The road will be closed again tonight an hour before high tide which is expected at about 19:00 GMT.

    Dorset high tide 0937:
    Sandbanks Ferry

    In Dorset, Sandbanks Ferry tweets: Around an hour to go until high water. Vehicles still able to embark and disembark with no problems.

    Bridge closed to lorries 0946:

    Saltash PCSO Kirsty Down tweets: #Trafficupdate Tamar Bridge is now closed to high sided vehicles due to weather, please obey the closure & follow overhead signs #Police

    A30 closed 0949:

    The westbound carriageway of the A30 in Launceston, Cornwall, has been closed following a serious road accident this morning, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

    Storm damage 0956:

    The RNLI lifeguards' base at Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall has taken a battering from the storm, tweets @surfnspear.

    Storm latest 1000:

    A Met Office warning for high winds in the South West remains in place and there are 13 severe flood warnings in coastal areas.

    Towns including Looe, Salcombe and Kingsbridge have experienced some flooding but residents have said they believe it was not as bad as had been feared.

    There are problems on the roads with the A30 closed and delays on the M5 because of accidents. Buses have replaced trains between Looe and Liskeard in Cornwall and there are delays between Paignton and Newton Abbot in Devon.

    Agencies are looking towards high tides this evening and over the weekend with more storms on their way.

    Warnings dropped 1008:

    The Environment Agency says severe flood warnings for the north Cornwall coast, south Cornwall coast and for Bude are no longer in force.

    Thirteen severe flood warnings remain in the South West.

    Check here for latest on flood warnings and alerts.

    Driver injured 1014:

    A driver has been seriously injured in a crash amid gales and heavy rain on the A30 at Launceston in Cornwall.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said the car left the road at Two Bridges at about 08:10 GMT and hit trees.

    "It is thought that the road may be closed for some time and drivers are urged to avoid the area if at all possible," said a police spokesman.

    Boats above road 1017:

    This was the scene earlier in Kingsbridge with moored boats rising above the road during high tide in the south Devon town.

    Surfers shun warnings 1019:

    Surfers are ignoring advice to steer clear of the sea, tweets South Hams District Council in south Devon.

    "Plse do not take risks during this severe weather," says the council.

    A38 accident 1023:

    BBC Travel Southwest tweets: "#Cornwall Near Liskeard A38 accident cleared.[SG]"

    Pub flooded 1027:

    BBC reporter Alex Littlewood in Perranporth, Cornwall, says about four or five businesses have been flooded, including the Tywarnhayle pub.

    Firefighters have just finished pumping out the affected businesses and shopkeepers are now putting out sandbags before this evening's high tide.

    Bus service diversions 1033:

    First Devon/Cornwall tweets: Service diversion: Service 76 Launceston - Callington - Saltash - Plymouth ... http://bit.ly/JNvHbm

    Sand dunes eroded 1041:
    South Milton

    Storms gouged out a stretch of sand dunes at South Milton in south Devon, leaving a wooden walkway hanging in the air.

    Owners the National Trust had repaired the dunes which protect a popular bird watching area.

    More gales on way 1050:

    BBC Cornwall weather forecaster Wendy Wheatley says a deep area of low pressure is coming on Saturday night.

    There will be rain for most of the day on Sunday with south-westerly gales.

    "We're not out of the woods yet," she said.

    Chart The Met Office is predicting gales on Sunday

    The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for Sunday.

    'It's soul destroying' 1056:

    Martin Powell, who runs a bar in Looe in Cornwall, said his business was flooded this morning.

    "You don't know whether to laugh or cry it's just soul destroying really. There's nothing you can do about it - you can brush, you can do what you like, you can open drains but the water will find its level anyway."

    Car rolls 1105:
    Car on its side in Exeter

    Police in Topsham, Devon tweeted this picture of a car which rolled over in the overnight gales. The driver was uninjured.

    Flood warnings reduced 1111:

    The number of severe flood warnings (which mean there is a risk to life) has fallen to seven in the South West, according to the Environment Agency.

    Weymoth flooding 1115:

    This picture taken by BBC Solent reporter Laurence Herdman shows flooding on the Harbourside in Weymouth.


    Dorset Police closed the road, but water levels are reportedly receding.

    Flooding advice 1125:

    If you been affected by flooding or are preparing for potential flooding there is advice in a document from Public Health England and the Environment Agency.

    Lightning strikes 1128:

    First Great Western tweets: #Plymouth Signal problems between Plymouth and Penzance caused by multiple lightning strikes to signal equipment. Delays of around 120 mins.

    House threat in Wareham 1133:
    Wareham flooding

    River water encroaches on a house at Wareham in Dorset where a flood warning is in place.

    Pub mopping up 1137:

    The promenade at St Ives in Cornwall was awash with water as the huge swell overtopped the sea wall at high tide.

    John Harris, landlord of the Lifeboat Inn, said: "The flood defences had been smashed off the front door, which was quite a surprise because they are quite sturdy.

    "We were fighting a losing battle so we gave it a rest for three quarters of an hour to let the tide subside.

    "Now we are all our here mob-handed with brooms to try and get rid of the water."

    Weather warnings 1144:

    Yellow warnings have been issued for wind and rain, BBC Weather reports.

    Here's the forecast for the South West.

    Weather map
    Flood warnings reduced 1150:

    The number of severe flood warnings in the South West has now been reduced to four. There were 14 at high tide this morning.

    Lightning strikes 1158:

    Cornwall Fire and Rescue tweets: #Bude and #Delabole crews are at a pair of semi-detached houses that have been struck by lightning. Fire believed out; investigating.

    Residents evacuated 1205:

    Residents at Home Park in Iford Bridge, Dorset were evacuated overnight and six households were helped with accommodation, says Bournemouth Borough Council.

    It says they are unlikely to be able to return today as water levels are still rising.

    A severe flood warning remains for the area.

    Have you been affected? 1214:

    BBC Radio Cornwall's Laurence Reed is on air.

    He says: "We'll be hearing from reporters around Cornwall this lunchtime after last night's wind, rain and tides all combined to cause numerous floods and other problems. The authorities are warning of more bad weather to come.

    "Let us know if you've been affected by calling 01872 22 22 22."

    New flood warning 1218:

    A new severe flood warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for the Sea Life Centre and the Preston Beach Road area of Lodmore in Dorset for high tide this evening at 19:45.

    Damage to cafe 1223:

    BBC correspondent Jon Kay tweets: Janine surveys the flood damage to her cafe in Perranporth. #Cornwall

    Cafe in Perranporth
    Driver dies on A30 1225:

    A man has died after his car hit a tree next to a main road in Cornwall during gales and heavy rain.

    His car came off the A30 at Two Bridges near Launceston at about 08:10 GMT, said police.

    The driver, who has not yet been named, was earlier reported to be seriously injured at the scene.

    Waves top sea wall 1233:
    Lyme Regis

    Waves crash over the Cobb sea wall at Lyme Regis in Dorset. Two severe flood warnings remain in place in Dorset says the Environment Agency.

    Lightning brings train delays 1238:

    First Great Western is warning of delays of about two hours on trains between Plymouth and Penzance after "multiple lightning strikes" on signalling equipment.

    Services between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple and Exeter St Davids and Exmouth are also disrupted due to flooding.

    Current situation 1247:

    There are currently two severe flood warnings for the South West - both in Dorset. Meanwhile a warning for high winds and rain for today and for Sunday has been issued by the Met Office.

    There were fears of severe flooding at high tide this morning but many areas escaped with minor damage.

    BBC News has a round-up on how the storm is affecting large parts of the UK

    Caravan site evacuated 1254:
    Iford caravan site

    Flood water is still rising at a caravan park at Iford Bridge near Christchurch, Dorset, tweets BBC South Today reporter Katy Austin.

    Bournemouth Borough Council says six households, who were moved out on Thursday night, are being put up in hotels.

    In pictures 1258:

    BBC News has put together a picture gallery of the high tides and flooding in the South West and other parts of the UK affected by the storm.

    Kingsbridge, Devon

    This image shows Kingsbridge at high tide this morning.

    Hail stones 1304:

    BBC Radio Devon has posted on its Facebook page: Evidence of the MASSIVE hailstorm in Exeter this morning. The thunderclap nearly took our windows out here at the BBC's St David's Hill offices!

    Hail stones
    1310: Hamish Marshall BBC Spotlight reporter

    See how much the river has gone down in Looe.

    Water levels at Looe

    At high tide five hours ago the water was very close to top of the arches.

    Live from Perranporth 1319:

    BBC Spotlight will be reporting live from Perranporth, this lunchtime, as the community prepares for tonight's high tide - watch in the South West on BBC One at 13:30.

    Clean up in Perranporth
    Bistro owner's fears 1329:

    Janine Branch from the Willow Bistro in Perranporth, Cornwall, has been filling sandbags from the beach in preparation for the next high tide.

    Ms Branch said she bought a pallet of sandbags before the storms on Thursday night, "but two waves came and just washed them out of the way".

    The bistro was flooded with 6in (15cm) of water which took her until 10:00 GMT to mop up.

    The local parish council is appealing for volunteers to help fill 500 sandbags to protect premises on Friday night.

    Travel news 1334:

    The King Harry Ferry will be finishing at the earlier time of 18:30 this evening because of the adverse weather, BBC Travel South West reports.

    Rail problems 1342:

    First Great Western says high winds and heavy rain across the South West are severely affecting services. The rail company advises not to travel unless it is essential to do so.

    Blocked road 1346:

    The A35 in Dorset is blocked at Stinsford roundabout because of a fallen tree, reports BBC Travel news.

    Explaining the storms 1355:

    Why is it so wet and windy?

    BBC Weather report

    BBC Weather's John Hammond takes a look at the source of our stormy weather - which lies in huge North American temperature differences.

    Latest in Dorset 1406:

    Local residents at Weymouth Marina in Dorset have described today's storm as causing some of the worst flooding in 20 years, reports BBC Radio Solent.

    Elsewhere in Dorset, the River Frome in Wareham has burst its banks and gusts on clifftops in the county have reached in excess of 90mph in the last hour.

    Latest on the roads 1411:

    There are still a number of problems on the roads in the South West, caused by the severe weather.

    Flooding and fallen trees are affecting roads while one lane on the A30 at Launceston has reopened after the westbound carriageway was closed following a fatal accident earlier.

    You can check the latest on the BBC Travel pages for Devon, Dorset and Cornwall.

    Gusts top 90mph 1419:

    Clifftops in South West England have experienced 90mph+ gusts within the last hour, John Hammond of BBC Weather says.

    Current flood warnings 1421:

    There are currently two severe flood warnings in the South West - both in Dorset - along with 29 flood warnings and 52 flood alerts, according to the Environment Agency.

    High tide footage 1427:
    Teignmouth high tide

    BBC Spotlight has posted footage of high tide at Teignmouth this morning on its Facebook page.

    35 properties flooded 1437:

    About 35 residential and commercial properties have been flooded in Devon, the county council says.

    The worst-affected locations included: Lynmouth, Bideford East-the-Water, Bishops Tawton, Dartmouth and Salcombe, it added.

    A30 reopens 1440:

    The A30 has reopened westbound at Launceston after an earlier serious accident, reports BBC Travel South West. It says there are still residual delays in the area.

    Moor gritting 1448:

    Gritters are due to go out to treat roads around Dartmoor and Exmoor between 17:00 and 18:00, and again between 20:00 and 22:00, Devon County Council says.

    Low temperatures were forecast for higher ground, it added.

    Stormy seas 1455:

    A windsurfer enjoys the stormy conditions in the sea off of Mudeford beach in Dorset.

    A windsurfer enjoys the stormy conditions in the sea off of Mudeford beach in Dorset
    Environment Agency cuts 1457:

    Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has spoken following a meeting of the government's emergency committee Cobra.

    He rejected claims flood defences were being cut as part of savings that the Environment Agency (EA) has been asked to make. The EA said earlier 1,550 jobs will go in its flood defence teams.

    Mr Paterson said the chief executive of the EA "has assured me he has every intention of protecting front-line services concerned with flooding".

    Safety warning 1514:

    Sgt Regie Butler in Newquay, Cornwall, tweets: "Some people may be tempted to head down later & watch the sea breaking at high tide. Please watch from a SAFE distance. Don't go near it!"

    Plymouth pier closed 1523:

    The Mountbatten pier in Plymouth is closed for safety reasons, police in the city tweet.

    "As tides rise please do not venture onto the foreshore around the Sound" [the city's seafront], they added.

    High tide is expected in Plymouth at about 19:23.

    Weather latest 1533:

    Tiffany Truscott is currently on air on BBC Radio Cornwall with all the latest on the weather hitting the region.

    Rain 'rips into Newquay' 1542:

    Strong winds and heavy rain are "ripping into Newquay", tweets Insp Dave Meredith of Devon and Cornwall Police.

    "If you want to see the waves, stay safe, stay at home & watch the news channels," he adds.

    Missing teenager 1549:

    A search is being carried out for a missing 18-year-old man in Devon.

    The teenager was last seen heading towards cliffs to take photographs.

    Missing teenager 1550:

    An area between Mothecombe and Wembury Point, near Plymouth, is being searched by coastguard teams who have been joined by relatives of the 18-year-old.

    Helicopters are also being used in the hunt for the teenager, Devon and Cornwall Police say.

    1555: Liz Miller

    emails: The flooding is washing up lots of palm oil on the beach. We don't know where it's coming from but it is causing a real problem for dogs. It poisons them and gives them pancreatitis and causes them to be sick. We've treated three dogs this week and we had five dogs that we treated before Christmas too. There was a dog that died from palm oil at a vets down the way from us too.

    1557: Liz Miller

    Today we treated Boggles, he's a Beagle/Pugg cross. His owner saw him on the beach eating this dirty white substance and brought him straight into us. He managed to be sick and he brought it all up, but it's worth letting people know the flooding is washing up far more of this stuff and they should either avoid beaches with their dogs entirely or keep them on a lead and keep a close eye on them if they do use the beaches in Newquay.

    'Worst storms in 20 years' 1606:

    The Met Office in Exeter says the recent stormy weather "is the worst for 20 years", tweets the BBC's John Henderson.

    18 tonnes of seaweed 1614:

    More than 18 tonnes of seaweed has been cleared up from a car park and road after flooding in Salcombe, Devon, tweets South Hams District Council.

    The car park remains closed.

    Tide times 1623:

    There have been warnings of further surges when high tides return. In Penzance, this is due to happen just before 18:00.

    Find out what time that is expected in your area with BBC Weather's tide tables.

    Seaweed clear-up 1628:

    Devon's South Hams District Council shared photos on Facebook of some of the 18 tonnes of seaweed which have been cleared up from a car park and road after flooding in Salcombe.

    Car park seaweed. Pic: South Hams District Council
    Missing teenager 1638:

    A missing teenager who has sparked a major search operation along the south Devon coast is from Newton Ferrers, Devon and Cornwall Police say.

    He was last seen heading out to take photos of the weather at lunchtime on Thursday and was reported missing on Friday because his disappearance was "out of character".

    Eye in the sky 1646:

    The Exeter-based police helicopter tweets: The Exminster marshes has suffered with more heavy rain still to come

    Exminster marshes
    Trains resume 1652:

    National Rail inquiries is now saying trains can now run between Penzance and Exeter but they may be delayed by up to 60 minutes.

    Roscoff ferry cancelled 1659:

    The 22:00 Brittany Ferries sailing from Plymouth to Roscoff has been cancelled due to the adverse weather, tweets BBC Travel Southwest.

    Train services have also been suspended between Liskeard and Looe in Cornwall due to flooding on the line near Sandplace.

    Missing teenager 1708:

    A missing teenager who has sparked a major search operation in south Devon has been named as Harry Martin by Devon and Cornwall Police.

    Harry left his home in Membland, Newton Ferrers, at about noon on Thursday and was last seen walking in the direction of a coastal path near to his home.

    Police, coastguard teams and the Plymouth Lifeboat are conducting extensive searches, joined by police and Royal Navy helicopters.

    Harry Martin
    Country park 'under water' 1715:

    Parts of a north Devon country park have been closed because areas of it and its roads are under water.

    The gates to Northam Burrows park have been closed to vehicles for safety reasons and will re-opened as soon as it is safe, Torridge District Council says.

    The park is a 253-hectare grassy plain at the mouth of the Taw and Torridge estuary.


    It seems the bad weather is moving up the coast too.


    BBC Today programme reporter Tom Bateman tweets: Hundreds of acres under water- Somerset farmer John Hebditch says it's one of worst #floods in 40 years

    Missing teenager 1734:

    Police in Devon say they "extremely concerned" for the welfare of missing teenager Harry Martin.

    He is described as 5ft 11in (1.8m), slim, with short dark hair, a light beard and blue eyes.

    He is thought to be wearing pink skinny jeans and a grey hooded jumper.

    Flood risk 'could continue' 1742:

    High tides will affect coastal areas across South West England on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday, the Environment Agency says.

    It estimates that about 130 properties have been flooded across the South West since Thursday, and that the risk of flooding could continue throughout the weekend and into early next week.

    Sea wall collapse 1750:

    Part of a sea wall was damaged in Instow, Devon, in the bad weather.

    The BBC's John Ayres tweeted a picture of work to repair it.

    Instow sea wall
    New Cornwall flood warnings 1800:

    Flood warnings have been issued in Cornwall for the north coast at Bude and the south coast at Truro, the Environment Agency says.

    In Bude, The Strand and The Crescent are at risk from now until 23:00. High tide is due at 19:05.

    In Truro, Garras Wharf and the city centre will be at risk around Saturday morning's high tide at about 07:19, it said.

    'Stormiest period since '93' 1811:

    Helen Chivers of the Met Office tells BBC Spotlight: "We have been looking back at spells of very windy weather and, if you look at certain thresholds of wind, this could well rank as the stormiest period of weather since January 1993".

    Helen Chivers
    Rail ticket restrictions lifted 1820:

    First Great Western has told the BBC that train travel restrictions have been lifted for the weekend on South West services as a result of the storms.

    It means that those who have tickets to travel on Sunday can use them for travel on Saturday with no penalty.

    However, the rail operator also added that, for that reason, Saturday trains were likely to be busy.

    Teenager search suspended 1827:

    The search for missing Devon teenager Harry Martin has been suspended for the night due to lack of light and bad weather, Devon and Cornwall Police have told the BBC.

    The operation would be reviewed on Saturday morning, officers added.

    Winds collapse wall 1835:

    Michelle Martin emailed in a picture of a wall which collapsed as a result of high winds in Staddiscombe, Plymouth.

    Collapsed wall in Staddiscombe. Pic: Michelle Martin
    Cornish coast flood warning 1845:

    The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the entire the south Cornwall coast, from Land's End to Plymouth, for two to four hours either side of the Saturday morning high tide.

    Locations that may be affected include: Newlyn, Penzance, Falmouth, Penryn, Flushing, Mevagissey, Par, Lostwithiel, Lerryn, Polperro, Looe, Seaton, Kingsand and Cawsand, Millbrook and Plympton.

    The expected times of high water are 06:15 at Newlyn and 07:45 at Plymouth.

    Flowing water warning 1856:

    The Environment Agency has tweeted a reminder for people to stay away from flood water and to keep clear of waves and riverside paths.

    It added: "Six inches of flowing water can knock you off your feet."


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