Storm Ciara’s wild weather has prompted the Environment Agency (EA) to issue a flood alert for East Devon’s coastal towns ahead of this evening’s high tide.
The EA said flooding was possible for this evening’s high tide, Sunday, February 9, and tomorrow morning, Monday, February 10.
High water at Exmouth on Sunday evening is at 7.30pm and 7.45am on Monday morning.
Chris Wilding, EA flood duty manager, said minor coastal flooding was possible for parts of the South West, because of a combination of high tides, large waves and coastal gales.
He said: “We urge people in at-risk areas to remain vigilant.”
“We advise people to check their flood risk, stay safe and avoid activities such as storm selfies.”
The EA said water levels were now rising towards spring tides, which peak on Wednesday, February 12.
Current forecast conditions, associated with strong winds and large waves from storm Ciara, could result in wave overtopping of sea defences and localised flooding in exposed coastal locations, said the EA.
The EA is advising people stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast.
There are currently more than 190 flood warnings and around 170 flood alerts in place across the country as Storm Ciara brings heavy rain and wind to parts of England.
The Environment Agency has staff on the ground checking defences and is urging people to be safe when out, and not to drive through flood water.
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