February 6, 2016

Severe Flood Warning for Portreath

Here's how the econnexus.org flood widget looks shortly after midday on February 6th 2016:

and here's how the UK Met Office's current "amber" weather warning map looked earlier in the day:

The Environment Agency have just issued their first red "severe flood warning" of the day, for Portreath in Cornwall:

The Portreath tunnel trash screen is now overtopping and flood waters are impacting Portreath. Conditions at Portreath are deteriorating quickly and the situation is expected to deteriorate with further rainfall expected. Road access to Portreath through Bridge is likely to be dangerous so drivers should avoid driving through this location.

12:00 on 06 Feb 2016

Here's how the River Dart near Dartington looked an hour or so ago:

and here's the relevant EA flood warning:

River levels are continuing to rise following the heavy rain experienced this morning. Further rainfall is expected throughout Saturday with widespread rainfall totals of 30mm – 40mm anticipated in the area. River levels will continue to rise throughout Saturday morning, increasing throughout the day and into the early evening. River levels are likely to fall during Sunday with lower rainfall totals forecast. Flooding is likely to affect properties close the river. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this message if the situation changes

10:42 on 06 Feb 2016

Please do bear in mind that according to the Environment Agency:

Flood Warning – Flooding is expected. Immediate action required
Severe Flood Warning – Severe flooding. Danger to life.

[Edit - 12:45]

Here's a picture of the "flooding down the main road through Portreath, Cornwall":

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Comments on Severe Flood Warning for Portreath »

February 6, 2016

Jim @ 8:47 pm

I've been on a road trip along the M5 motorway, documenting today's floods. Here's a few piccies:

Whilst I was out the severe flood warning for Portreath has been removed, but there are now 38 flood warnings across the South West, plus 50 flood alerts:

What's more another glowing sign on the motorway was warning of high winds on Monday. Here's the view from the Met Office:

Gusts of 60-70 mph are possible, particularly in association with heavy showers running across the area, with 80 mph gusts possible in exposed coastal districts. Some very large waves are also likely along the north coast of Cornwall in particular.

Finally, for the moment at least, according to Western Power Distribution there are currently 624 properties across Devon and Somerset without any mains electricity at the moment:

February 7, 2016

Jim @ 1:32 am

We're now up to 45 flood warnings, plus 58 alerts.

The Met Office reports that Okehampton had 57.8 mm of rain!

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