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Thursday, 30 July 2015

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Stay away from Cumbrian coast warning

People are being warned to stay away from the coast during today's high tide as the after-effects of ex-hurricane Bertha continue to hit Cumbria.

The warning, together with nine flood alerts and one flood warning for the north west region, was issued by the Environment Agency.

Flood alerts are in place for the area between Gretna and Silloth and between St Bees Head and Millom.

In both areas, tidal spray and onshore flooding are expected. The high tide is expected around 12noon.

The Highways Agency is advising road users to take care in strong winds.

Drivers of high-sided vehicles, motorcyclists or drivers towing caravans should check traffic and weather conditions before setting off on journeys.

Motorists have been advised to take care between M6 junctions 36 to 45, the A66 between the M6 and A1 and the A595 near Whitehaven.

Yesterday, 56mph winds were recorded at St Bees and 29.4mm of rain fell at Bridgefoot, near Workington.

So far the area escaped the worst of the bad weather which had been forecast as the former hurricane hit the UK.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning of wind last night.

A Met Office spokesman said yesterday’s weather could be described as “rain at times which could be occasionally heavy”.

Conditions today are expected to be much brighter with occasional sunny intervals and a scattering of showers.


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