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Warning: don't take selfies during Storm Barney as huge waves expected to hit the coast

As Storm Barney hits the West Country, with gusts of up to 80 miles an hour forecast on the coast, people are being warned not to pose for selfies in the spray, as they could be putting their lives at risk.

Extra care should be exercised on coastal paths and promenades

The warning comes from the Environment Agency and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, which are also asking motorists to avoid flood water.

Barney, the second storm powerful enough to be given a human name by the Met Office, will bring gale or severe gale force westerly winds on Tuesday afternoon and evening, generating large waves around exposed coasts in the South West.

The power of Mother Nature is a fascination to us all - and taking storm selfies may seem exhilarating - but over the last few years we've had an increasing number of people putting themselves and family members at severe risk along coastal paths and promenades.

– Neil Davies, the Environment Agency,
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