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Biggest waves yet to come as new Atlantic storm forecast for the Southwest

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

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Strike Four, heading for the UK on Saturday. Picture from magicseaweed.com

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A new Atlantic storm is set to batter parts of the Southwest coastline this weekend with huge waves due to bring further devastation to Devon and heavy rain expected to add to the chaos.

The biggest waves are yet to come, with another storm forecast for the weekend, according to surf website magicseaweed.com

Strike Four on Saturday is forecast to be the largest of the four storms to have hit the UK so far this year.

Experts have predicted waves of up to 35ft could batter parts of the Cornish coastline on Saturday - the biggest seen this winter.

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Met Office forecaster Kirk Waite said: 'The real thing with the second system is the strength of the winds.

'Once the initial band of rain comes in you are going to see severe gales that could bring potential issues with a risk of trees falling.'

Two new turbulent weather systems are expected to hit the country throughout the next few days with heavy rain and gale force winds set to continue to batter large parts of southern Britain today, leaving many areas at risk of further flooding.

The Met Office warned that a fresh wave of heavy rain was due to hit southern England and Wales at around 6am today.

They said up to 1.6ins (40mm) of rain is being predicted to fall in the south coast, where many areas are already drenched from recent storms and floods.

A yellow warming for rain is in place across the rest of southern England and Wales meaning that people living in these areas should 'be aware'.

And winds of up to 40mph are set to batter the south coast, potentially bringing dangerously high waves and wreaking fresh damage to these storm-hit areas.

According to some media reports a 75ft wave was recorded by a buoy close to Penzance. National Oceanography Centre experts have been trying to confirm the data, but if it is verified it could be the biggest wave ever recorded off the British Isles.

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