Stormy weather threat remains for South West coastal areas

Evacuation advisory letter
Image caption Cornwall Council has advised some residents at risk of flooding to evacuate their properties at high tide

Coastal communities in Devon and Cornwall have been warned to remain on high alert as forecasters warn of further strong winds and high tides.

Stormy conditions have already caused some flooding and damage, but no major incidents have been reported.

Cornwall Council advised the evacuation of more than 100 homes in Bude and Portreath earlier, but only a few residents left their properties.

Two severe flood warnings remain in place for the north Cornwall coast.

Heavy rain, hail, thunder and gale-force winds are forecast, with gusts of up to 70mph, which could force the high tide to breach sea defences and harbour walls.

A evacuation advisory letter - hand delivered to homes in Bude and Portreath - says people should again consider leaving their properties at the next high tide which is between 17:00 and 21:00 GMT.

The second highest tide of the year is expected on Sunday.

Snow also fell on high ground in both counties and with sub-zero road surface temperatures reported, drivers were warned about the risk of icy conditions.

The Environment agency has a live flood warning map showing where its flood alerts and warnings are in force and the public have been urged to stay away from coastal areas.

According to the Met Office, the region has experienced one of the wettest Januarys on record.

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