Isles of Scilly tackle storm damage

Storm damage, Isles of Scilly, Feb 2014 The natural process of erosion is said to be happening at a "fearsome" rate on the Isles of Scilly

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People on the Isles of Scilly are working to repair damage caused by the recent storms, as they prepare for spring tides at the beginning of March.

Structural work is continuing on the quay on the main island of St Mary's, which was damaged in January.

Meanwhile, the off-islands of St Agnes, Bryher, Tresco and St Martin's are trying to shore up low-lying natural sea defences.

On Tresco, large sections of the dunes have been washed away.

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Different storms have caused different issues”

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Winds of up to 92mph (148km/h) were recorded in stormy weather which battered the islands and the South West at the beginning of this month.

"Different storms have caused different issues - at the beginning of February we had the very big tides that caused a lot of problems, with water overtopping and undermining the harbour wall," Alasdair Moore, from Tresco told BBC News.

"There's also been issues with wind direction and sand erosion.

"The islands have experienced this sort of erosion and sand movement over thousands of years.

"It's a natural process, but right now it's happening at a very fearsome rate and it's quite a challenge how we protect those areas of the islands.

"Different storms have caused different issues - at the beginning of February we had the very big tides that caused a lot of problems."

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