The Environment Agency has placed the entire Atlantic coast in the Cornwall region under flood alert as storm Erik approaches from the Atlantic Ocean going to mainland UK. The alert has been raised on the north Cornwall coast, covering the towns of Land’s End to Bude.
The storm is expected to bring in a Strong Force 7 southwestern winds and higher than regular high tides along the coast. Met Office has released a tweet at 11 AM yesterday that the progressive low-pressure area (LPA) has now raised to storm warning and has been given the name Erik that is said to bring tides up to 300mm higher than normal and waves as high as 5m that could pose danger on the locals living along the coast. Everyone in the coastal regions was advised to evacuate from risky areas in the region and to stay safe and prepared. This storm would be expected to bring a “weather bomb” in the UK, though it was predicted that it won’t severely hit the mainland of Devon and Cornwall.
Floods were expected to flow down in the towns of Land’s End to Chapel Porth. Predictions of a high water level at St. Ives and tide levels vary along Cornwall’s coastal area. High tide forecast at 3.25m above ordnance datum (AOD) is 0.24m above the normal astronomical tide level. The high water level would be expected at Padstow at 7:16 AM, with a higher tide level of 3.61mAOD, a 0.27m difference from normal astronomical tide level. There would also be a higher water level at Ilfracombe at 8 AM, with a high tide level of 4.41mAOD, which is 0.38m higher than normal astronomical tide level.
All of these are forecast by the Environment Agency and the Met Office. Further forecast will be released in the news for the day and through social media accounts of the said weather authorities in the country.