Storm Eleanor

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    Video caption: Jane James will be using driftwood thrown up by Storm Eleanor for the next six months.
  2. 'Unrecognisable' storm-hit gallery to reopen

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A St Ives art gallery which was engulfed by seawater during Storm Eleanor in early January is preparing to reopen its doors.


    "Our beautiful pristine gallery was unrecognisable," said owner Dee Bray.

    "The front door had been ripped off and the letterbox was floating in 10in (25cm) of water.

    "Plinths of wood were floating about, the sheer force of the water was incredible."

    The gallery hopes to reopen on 7 February.

  3. Beachfront gallery battered by storms hopes to reopen

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A St Ives beachfront gallery battered by storms earlier this month is hoping to reopen after repairs.

    Waves whipped up by Storm Eleanor crashed through the doors of the Porthminster Gallery causing serious damage inside and out.

    The flood water also knocked out the electricity and telephone systems.

    Staff told the BBC they were shocked to see the scale of the damage but hope to reopen in early February.

  4. Duchy of Cornwall 'responsible for storm-hit wall'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Duchy of Cornwall could become liable for a storm-damaged wall in Portreath - after Cornwall Council discovered the firm that used to own it went bust.

    The 40ft (12m) section broke down after being hit by large waves during Storm Eleanor earlier this month and temporary repairs took place.

    It once formed part of a coal yard and is not part of the main harbour wall.

    Repairs to Portreath harbour wall
    Quote Message: The company in Wales went into liquidation in 2015 and the liquidators weren't aware that they owned the wall at that time, so it now reverts back to the Duchy of Cornwall as all properties do that don't have any owners. from Joyce Duffin Cornwall Councillor for Portreath
    Joyce DuffinCornwall Councillor for Portreath
  5. Crantock 'sand cliff' warning after Storm Eleanor

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    There is a fresh warning from coastguards about the dangers of the newly created so-called "sand cliffs" at Crantock after Storm Eleanor.

    They could collapse suddenly.

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  6. Jersey storm damage repairs 'to cost £80k'

    Robert Hall

    BBC News correspondent

    Repairs to Jersey's sea defences following Storm Eleanor are now expected to cost about £80,000.

    Sea wall repairs at West Park, Jersey

    Of that, £50,000 will be spent at Greve De Lecq, where granite blocks have been used to stabilise a breach near the pier.

    Engineers hope the work there and at West Park can be completed within four weeks.

  7. 'Stay safe' warning over Cornwall sand cliffs

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    A councillor at Perranzabuloe Parish Council is warning people to be sensible on newly-formed sand "cliffs" on the north coast of Cornwall.

    Karen Colam says they should be treated a bit like avalanches: "Use your head, be sensible and don't walk on the edge of them."

    Ms Colam has revealed that 1m (3ft) of sand was lost from Perranporth beach during last week's storms and is calling on Cornwall Council to provide new warning signs.

    BBC One's The One Show has been filming at the Watering Hole pub for a segment on this evening's programme.

  8. Photo captures man engulfed by Brixham wave

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    A photographer captured the moment a man and his dog were engulfed in a powerful wave this weekend in Brixham.

    Man in wave in Brixham

    Tweeting the picture, photographer Robin Morrison wrote: "Is it worth the risk? Cycling dog walker may just be pushing his luck and risking way too much on the #Brixham Breakwater at the weekend..."

    To reiterate how risky the man's actions were, Morrison followed the post with another photo, this time of the cyclist completely obscured by water.

    Man engulfed by wave in Brixham

    Winds were recorded at speeds up to Storm Force 10 off Berry Head, Brixham, on Sunday.

  9. Alderney breakwater damaged by Storm Eleanor

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Severe storms over the past days have taken their toll on Alderney's breakwater.

    Sections of masonry on the top of the upper wall both on the outside and the inside have been dislodged, States of Guernsey's Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services said.

    "The damage appears to be restricted to the first (landward) third of the breakwater which has been the site of damage and breaches in the past," it said.

    Alderney breakwater
    Alderney breakwater
    Alderney breakwater
  10. Ted the seal broke jaw on rocks

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A seal has been found with a fractured jaw after being washed up on rocks by Storm Eleanor.

    The animal was found by rescuers at Gwithian in Cornwall.


    The seal, called Ted, is now recovering at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary with other victims of winter storms.

    British Divers Marine Life Rescue said the number of animals rescued was "unprecedented".

    Spokesman Dan Jarvis said many were pups born in October.

    "They are trying to hunt for themselves, but they are not brilliantly successful at hunting," he said.

    "We are seeing a lot of underweight animals."

    He advised anyone who sees washed up seals to leave them alone.

    "They come on to land to rest and after a prolonged period of stress they are going to be exhausted.

    "So do not shoo them into the water, they are tired and they need to sleep and rest."

    Many animals have been rescued from beaches in Devon and Cornwall after stormy weather battered the counties.

  11. Washed-up seals 'overwhelm' rescuers after storms

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Animal rescuers say they are "overwhelmed" by the number of washed up seals in the wake of winter storms.

    Many animals have been rescued from beaches in Devon and Cornwall after stormy weather battered the counties.


    The latest, Storm Eleanor, which brought winds of 100mph (161kmph) and huge swell, combined with spring tides to destroy sea defences.

    Volunteers from British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) said they had received five to 10 calls a day for the last two weeks - compared to eight to 12 usually.


    Many of those rescued are pups were born at the end of last year.

    Dan Jarvis of BDMLR said: "We have been overwhelmed with calls.

    "There are a lot of exhausted animals out there."

  12. BreakingWest coast flooded again

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Fire crews are at Vazon again on Guernsey's west coast this morning after water crashed over sea walls during the high tide.

    Flooding was not as severe as the previous two days, but crews are still assisting at Vistas Cafe, which has been damaged by Storm Eleanor.

    Teams are also working to clear debris on coastal roads, Guernsey's Joint Emergency Services Control Centre said.