Storm causes South West travel problems

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Huge waves washed away a 100-year-old stone hut at Portreath in Cornwall

Stormy weather has caused some ferry and train services to be delayed or cancelled in the south-west of England.

Train services between Truro and Falmouth and Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple have been disrupted and the St Mawes Passenger Ferry has been cancelled.

Properties have been flooded in Roscroggan, near Camborne.

Tributes have been paid to Harry Swordy, who was washed out to sea at Loe Bar in Cornwall on New Year's Day.

'Amazing character'

The 27-year-old, from Guildford in Surrey, had gone for a paddle with friends at Loe Bar beach, in Cornwall, but was said to have been "taken out of knee-deep water by a huge wave".

Friends Tom and Lou Luddington, who published a blog post in tribute to Mr Swordy, said: "Harry was such an amazing character, so full of life, warmth and plans for the future. He will be so missed."

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Harry Swordy had gone for a paddle with friends at Loe Bar on New Year's Day

Earlier, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said one engine was pumping water from properties near Camborne.

In Bude, large waves have destroyed railings around a tidal pool at Summerleaze Beach.

Fay Hargreaves, from the Friends of Bude Sea Pool which funds the attraction, said a follower on Facebook had offered to donate the stainless steel to replace the railings.

She said: "They're a steel company from the Midlands... they come here on holiday, love the area, always swim in the pool and wanted to help."

On Monday, waves of up to 27ft (8m) were recorded off the Cornish coast.

Waves at Portreath washed away a 100-year-old stone hut on the breakwater.

The Met Office has issued a yellow "be prepared" warning for south-west England for rain until 06:00 GMT Wednesday.

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