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Residents told to leave their homes as Storm Eleanor strikes again

The Harbour Wall at Portreath has collapsed after powerful waves hit overnight. Photo: ITV West Country

Storm Eleanor battered the coast of Cornwall last night and it seems she has not finished with the South West yet. Huge waves and strong winds are expected to hit the coastline again this evening. A Met Office weather warning remains in place during high tide.

The Harbour Wall was partially destroyed by Storm Eleanor. Credit: ITV News West Country

Already today, recovery and repair operations have been in full swing after the stormy weather overnight caused more than 40 fallen trees and flooding across Cornwall.

In Portreath, the Harbour Wall collapsed after being battered by powerful waves overnight.

A section of the car park is currently closed and are council staff are clearing debris.

The true extent of the damage could not be seen until the morning.

Part of the Harbour Wall in Portreath has completely collapsed. Credit: ITV News West Country

Cornwall Council have sent a letter to Portreath residents advising them to leave their homes during the high tide tonight at 6.10pm. Those at risk of flooding are being urged to evacuate and go to St Mary's Church Hall where teams will be on hand to give support.

What happens following the high tide this evening will determine the next steps. In the event that there is flooding which affects your home, you may wish to consider making arrangements to stay with friends or family overnight. In the event you cannot arrange alternative accommodation, Gwel an Mor holiday complex have agreed to help.

– Cornwall Council

Councillors are urging people to stay away from exposed coastal areas during the high tide tonight which is between 5.30pm in the far west of Cornwall and 7pm in the east. Thursday morning's high tide is between 5.50am in the far west and 7.20am in the east.