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Yellow warning of rain as Cornish surfers gear up for huge waves
1:20pm Friday 1st November 2013 in Cornwall
Heavy rain, blustery wind and huge surf is expected to hit during Friday and through the weekend, however despite a Met Office 'yellow warning' of rain, it will be nowhere near as bad as Monday's storm.
Surfer Robin Kent takes on huge surf at St Agnes as the storm hits. PICTURE: Dan Sedgewick
A Met office spokesman said: "The public should be aware of the possibility of localised flooding and disruption to transport.
"An area of low pressure currently developing over the Atlantic Ocean is likely to track close to or across southern England later Friday and early Saturday, bringing with it a spell of wet weather.
"Rain is expected to be the main hazard associated with this depression, 15 to 30 mm rain likely quite widely (locally 40 mm) in the area marked yellow in the Alert. English Channel coastal areas will also be windy for a time with gales and gusts up to 60 miles an hour. Further inland, wind speeds are expected to be much lower.
The spokesman added: "Large waves generated by this depression, and a subsequent depression crossing the UK this weekend, combined with increasing tidal heights lead to an increased risk of coastal flooding along the English Channel coast this weekend.
Wave forecasting gurus Magic Seaweed say that this next storm is already forming in the Labrador sea.
Adding that it is generating swell through a combination of size, power and a movement building energy through a huge dynamic fetch, and while last week’s swell was bigger "50ft peak heights vs 40ft", "the positives for this one are a slightly more northerly track for the storm, meaning, initially, the chance of lighter local winds as the first stage of the swell arrives on Friday at many locations".
Huge surf at Fistral as the storm hit early this week. While the comming swell will be a touch smaller, less wind could make it a bonanza for the region's surfers
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