YORKSHIRE’s North Sea coastline was bracing itself for flooding last night as heavy rain and strong winds swept across the country.
The Environment Agency issued two specific flood warnings for Scarborough and Bridlington, warning that powerful onshore winds could cause serious problems during the high tides in the early hours of this morning.
A third flood warning, meaning flooding is expected and “immediate action” is required by homeowners and businesses, was issued last night after heavy rain in Pembrokeshire, south Wales.
The whole of the North Sea coast between Filey and Whitby was also put on flood alert, the next notch down in severity on the scale used by the Environment Agency.
Flood alerts were also issued for east-facing coastal locations in south Devon and a number of Cornish waterways after heavy rain throughout the day.
The Met Office recorded 35mm (1.4 inches) of rain at Heligan, Cornwall, in just two hours yesterday afternoon.
A spokesman for weather forecasters MeteoGroup, the Press Association’s weather division, said that 33mm (1.3 inches) of rain fell at Cardinham, near Bodmin in Cornwall, between 7am and 1pm yesterday.
In the Whitechurch area of Pembrokeshire, 24mm (0.95 inches) of rain fell in the same period, and last night officers issued a flood warning for the Western Cleddau river at Haverfordwest.
Cornwall Council said its highways department received more than 300 calls about incidents caused by the severe weather in just a few hours. These include fallen trees, blocked drains and surface water flooding.
Matt Dobson, senior forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: “There could be some local torrential bursts of rain; it’s just very persistent rain. There could be over an inch of rain by the end of Monday.
“Devon, Cornwall, Pembrokeshire, and Northern Ireland are most at risk.
“There is the potential locally for some heavy bursts of rain. It does begin to move away on Monday night, but there could be some local flooding.”
Torbay Council said the Torquay seafront was being closed to all traffic at 4pm because of fears over flooding caused by the high tide.
A spokeswoman for the Environment Agency said: “There have been some reports of flooding to property and continued disruption to travel is possible.