Weather warnings ramped up for Friday and Saturday - biggest waves yet to hit Cornwall
The Met Office has ramped up weather warnings in Cornwall for the next two days with the biggest waves yet set to slam into the coast.
Cornwall is bracing itself for some of the biggest waves ever seen whipped up by gale-force winds.
The winds of up to 80mph will be accompanied by very heavy rain.
Waves of up to 39ft (12m) are expected to batter the coast on Saturday around midday.
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An amber “be prepared” wind warning is now in place for Saturday and Sunday in Cornwall and a yellow “be aware” warning is in place for heavy rain in the county.
Coastal communities are still recovering from the trail of destruction brought by storms that have continuously hit Cornwall for more than a month.
Boats have been sunk, harbour walls breached, trees felled and tarmac ripped from roads in the ferocious weather.
A Met office spokesman said: “Southerly gales will affect south facing coasts of southwest England and south Wales during Friday evening, moving east along English Channel coasts overnight into Saturday.
“After a short lull, winds will increase from the south west during the course of Saturday with severe gales affecting coastal districts, bringing gusts of 60-70 mph and isolated 80 mph at the most exposed locations within the Amber warning area.”
Surf website Magic Seaweed has forecast waves of up to 39ft (12m) to hit Sennen near Land’s End. The website said the wave heights on Saturday “should exceed anything we’ve seen during the previous three storms”.
The Met Office said large waves were expected to affect south-west facing coasts and warned the public to be prepared for disruption to transport and power supplies.
The spokesman said: “The deep area of low pressure will move east into Ireland during Saturday, with a band of severe gales likely to develop on the southern flank, with parts of southwest England and coastal districts bordering the Bristol Channel and English Channel bearing the brunt of the strongest winds, particularly through Saturday afternoon and evening.
“These winds will also whip up large waves over the eastern Atlantic which will affect southwest facing coasts during Saturday.”