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Waves batter the West Country

The centre of Looe was flooded Photo: David Haines, Looe RNLI

High tides and strong winds have brought flooding to towns in the South West as more warnings are issued to coastal areas.

The harbour master in Looe, in south Cornwall, said the flooding to properties close to the sea was the worst he had seen in the seven years he had been there.

The fish could swim to this chip shop themselves after extensive flooding in Looe Credit: David Haines, Looe RNLI

Jeff Penhaligon said the water had subsided after this morning's high tide but the village was now preparing itself for the next one, at about 8pm tonight.

It's the worst I've seen. We flood quite regularly with the tides but not normally as bad as this.

It's difficult to see exactly who's been affected but I think some of businesses and restaurants near the harbour. It all depends whether people were able to get their storm boards up.

– Jeff Penhaligon, Looe harbour master

Mr Penhaligon said no fishing boats had gone out on Wednesday. "You wouldn't want to go out in this in a small boat," he said.

There were reports of flooding in other small Cornish ports including Mevagissey.

Our cameras have been out across Dorset and Devon where roads were closed because of flooding. Anyone foolhardy enough to venture close to the sea was almost certain of a soaking.

The waves were still battering the Esplanade at Exmouth this morning.

These were the scenes at the Barbican in Plymouth where choppy waters were the order of the day, heralding worse to come. The harbour itself was relatively calm.

Over to Dorset and the defences at West Bay were getting a real battering while the water in the harbour was almost brooding with menace.

Flood warnings remain in force, with the real danger point around high tide this evening. This is the latest from the Environment Agency but do check on their website for the latest information.

  • South Devon Coast from Exmouth to Lyme Regis
  • South Devon Coast from Start Point to Dawlish Warren
  • Tidal River Torridge from Weare Giffard to Bideford
  • South Devon Estuaries
  • North Devon Coastal Communities, including Westward Ho!, Combe Martin and Lynmouth
  • North Cornwall Coast At Wadebridge
  • Plymouth Barbican
  • North Cornwall Coast Flood Warning Area
  • South Cornwall Coast Flood Warning Area
  • Somerset coast at Blue Anchor, seafront properties
  • Somerset coast at Porlock Weir

Forecasters have predicted more strong winds, with gusts of 40 to 55mph expected on the Devon and Cornwall coasts.

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