Flood warnings issued as storm hits parts of UK

The Environment Agency is urging people to stay away from exposed coastal areas and to prepare for the risk of high waves and flooding in Wales, the south west and southern England. A total of 36 flood warnings are currently in place.

The Met Office predicts that southwesterly winds could gust up to 85mph at times in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Paul Leinster, the Environment Agency’s director of operations, said the “potent cocktail of strong winds, wave action and high tides” would la