From Devon & Cornwall Police:
Devon & Cornwall Police and partner agencies are warning the public to be aware of expected storm conditions across the peninsula in the next 24 to 48 hours.
Incoming Storm Ellen is likely to see high winds combining with unusually high spring tides to bring the risk of coastal surges and flooding – particularly to those in coastal communities.
Exposed coastal areas are expected to see waves of up to nine feet coupled with strong south west winds – bringing with it dangerous seas and strong rip currents.
Anyone planning a trip to the coast or beach is asked to check tide times and be aware of fast moving water unlikely to be safe for water-based sports and activities.
Police are asking the public to heed the RNLI’s warning to visit lifeguarded beaches whenever possible and avoid storm watching if swells become high.
Chief Inspector Tom Cunningham said: “We are aware there is many thousands of tourists in our coastal communities currently who may not have experienced conditions which we are expecting or be aware of the danger they can bring.
“We would ask everyone to heed the advice of the RNLI and HM Coastguard by not putting themselves, and indeed emergency responders, at risk by entering dangerous waters.
“Beaches are a huge draw to tourists in our region, but our coast needs to be respected by all.
“If you or someone else is in trouble in the sea, you should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”
Flood Warnings – red:
Red flood warnings (flooding is expected, action needed) are out for the coast from Lands End to Chapel Porth, Mounts Bay – seafront and behind the seafront, Truro, Gribbin Head to Rame Head, Lands End to Lizard Point, izard Point to Gribbin Head, Rame Head to Wembury Bay.
Flood Alert (North Cornwall Coast excluding Bude) – amber
Flooding is possible over all high tides from evening of Thursday 20th August until Friday 21st August.
High Spring tides, strong winds and large waves are expected to cause flooding, particularly over the high tide on Thursday evening.
Flooding is possible 2 hours either side of high tide. Times of high water will vary along the coast.
Storm Ellen is forecast to bring force 6 to 7 south westerly winds and large waves which is expected to cause tides to be higher than predicted along the coast and could result in wave overtopping and sea spray in exposed locations.
High numbers of visitors in locations that may flood brings an increased risk.
People are advised to avoid low lying and exposed coastal areas.