Flood Warning Info - North Devon Coast at Ilfracombe

Area Description

low lying and exposed parts of Ilfracombe, including Cheyne Beach, The Quay, The Strand and Broad Street.
This is a Flood Warning Area. For this area, you may receive Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings.
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There are no Flood Warnings currently in force for this area. See below for historical flood warnings.

Area Covered by this Flood Warning

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Flood Warning History

Number of historic Flood Warnings that have previously been recorded for this area:
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Historical Flood Warning Messages for this Area

  • We have only been collating detailed flood messages since May 2017.
  • Each Flood Warning may have multiple updates. The messages listed below may therefore be greater than the number of alerts detailed in the Flood Warning table above.

Flood Warning issued on 12 Mar 2020 11:26
Bristol Channel, North Devon Coast
Flooding is expected over the high tide Thursday evening. High water at Ilfracombe on Thursday is at 20:15. Times of high water will vary along the coast. Conditions apply two hours either side of high tide. The tidal gates at Ilfracombe remain closed. Force 7 westerly winds and offshore wave heights of 4.3m are forecast. This may cause localised property flooding and standing water on roads. Do not drive through flood water or waves. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. Tides and wave heights are forecast to be lower after tonight’s high tide. We are monitoring the situation and will update this information on Friday morning or if the situation changes. Detailed tidal information for those who use it; the forecast high tide level on Thursday evening is 5.28 mAOD; this is 0.41 metres above astronomical tide level.


Flood Warning issued on 12 Mar 2020 06:28
Bristol Channel, North Devon Coast
Flooding is expected over the high tides on Thursday. High water at Ilfracombe on Thursday is at 07:45 and 20:15. Times of high water will vary along the coast. Conditions apply two hours either side of high tide. The tidal gates at Ilfracombe have been closed. Force 6 west south west winds and offshore wave heights of up to 4.4m are forecast. This may cause localised property flooding and standing water on roads. Do not drive through flood water or waves. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We are monitoring the situation and will update this information on Thursday afternoon or if the situation changes. Detailed tidal information for those who use it; the forecast high tide level on Thursday morning is 5.43 mAOD and 5.15 mAOD Thursday evening; this is 0.12 metres and 0.13 metres above astronomical tide level.


Flood Warning issued on 11 Mar 2020 14:36
Bristol Channel, North Devon Coast
Flooding is expected over the high tides on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. High water at Ilfracombe on Wednesday 19:30 and Thursday at 07:45. Times of high water will vary along the coast. Conditions apply two hours either side of high tide. The tidal gates at Ilfracombe have been closed. Force 7 west south west winds and offshore wave heights of 4.5m are forecast. This may cause localised property flooding and standing water on roads. Do not drive through flood water or waves. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We are monitoring the situation and will update this information on Thursday morning or if the situation changes. Detailed tidal information for those who use it; the forecast high tide level on Wednesday evening is 5.61 mAOD and 5.58 mAOD on Thursday morning; this is 0.53 metres and 0.37 metres above astronomical tide level.


Flood Warning issued on 12 Feb 2020 16:58
Bristol Channel, North Devon Coast
Flooding is expected for Ilfracombe over the high tide on Thursday morning. High water at Ilfracombe is at 8.51am. Strong force 6 westerly winds and offshore wave heights of around 4m are forecast to cause overtopping of sea defences. However conditions may apply two hours either side of the high tide. Expect tides to be around 550mm higher than predicted due to weather conditions. Large waves and spray are likely so take care near coastal paths and promenades. This may cause localised standing water in low lying and exposed parts of Ilfracombe, including Cheyne Beach, The Quay, The Strand and Broad Street. Do not drive through flood water or waves. Coastal conditions should ease for Thursday evening’s high tide, however, we are continuing to monitor the situation and will issue updates if the situation changes. Detailed tidal information for those who use it; The forecast high tide level is 5.37 mAOD, this is 0.55 metres above astronomical tide level.


Flood Warning issued on 11 Feb 2020 12:09
Bristol Channel, North Devon Coast
Flooding is expected for Ilfracombe from Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning. The high water at Ilfracombe is at 19:45 on Tuesday evening and 08:15 on Wednesday morning. Gale force 7 west northwesterly winds and offshore wave heights of 4.5m are forecast. Wave action is expected to cause spray overtopping and contain debris, potentially resulting in flooding and damage. People are advised to stay away from the areas of risk and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation. This message will be updated on Wednesday or earlier if the situation changes. Detailed tidal information for those who use it; the forecast high tide level for Ilfracombe on Tuesday evening is 4.95 mAOD and 5.03 mAOD on Wednesday morning, this is 0.08 metres and -0.01 metres above astronomical tide level.


Flood Warning issued on 10 Feb 2020 13:04
Bristol Channel, North Devon Coast
Flooding is expected for Ilfracombe from Monday evening until Tuesday evening. The high water at Ilfracombe is at 19:15 on Monday evening and 07:30 on Tuesday morning. Gale force 8 Westerly winds and offshore wave heights of 6m are forecast. Wave action is expected to cause spray overtopping and contain debris, potentially resulting in flooding and damage. People are advised to stay away from the areas of risk and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation. This message will be updated on Tuesday or earlier if the situation changes. Detailed tidal information for those who use it; The forecast high tide level on Monday evening is 4.94 mAOD and 5.10 mAOD on Tuesday morning this is 0.16 metres and 0.07 metres above astronomical tide level.


Flood Warning issued on 9 Feb 2020 12:20
Bristol Channel, North Devon Coast
Flooding is expected for Ilfracombe over the high tides from Sunday evening until Tuesday evening. High water at Ilfracombe is at 18:15 on Sunday evening and 06:45 on Monday morning. Gale force 8 Westerly winds and offshore wave heights of 6m are forecast. Wave action is expected to cause spray overtopping and contain debris, potentially resulting in flooding and damage. People are advised to stay away from the areas of risk and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation. This message will be updated on Monday or earlier if the situation changes. Detailed tidal information for those who use it; The forecast high tide level on Sunday evening is 5.01 mAOD and 5.05 mAOD on Monday morning this is 0.50 metres and 0.23 metres above astronomical tide level.


Flood Warning issued on 30 Sep 2019 13:21
Bristol Channel, North Devon Coast
Flooding is expected for Ilfracombe over the high tide on Monday evening. High water at Ilfracombe is at 8pm, times of high water will vary along the coast. Gale force 6 south westerly winds are forecast to cause high levels in the harbour, with potential for some spray at Wildersmouth beach between 6pm and 7.30pm. However conditions may apply two hours either side of the high tide. Take care near coastal paths and promenades. There may be localised standing water on roads near the seafront and harbour. Do not drive through flood water or waves. The tidal gates at have been closed at Cheyne beach and the Harbour Coastal conditions should ease after this evening’s high tide, however we are continuing to monitor the situation and will issue updates if the situation changes. Detailed tidal information for those who use it; The forecast high tide level is 5.61 mAOD, this is 0.23 metres above astronomical tide level.


Flood Warning issued on 2 Jan 2018 15:08
Bristol Channel, North Devon Coast
Flooding is expected for Ilfracombe over the high tide on Wednesday morning. High water at Ilfracombe is at 06:30. Times of high water along the coast will vary slightly. Gale Force 9, westerly winds and offshore wave heights of 8m are expected. However, conditions may apply two hours either side of the high tide. Expect tides to be around 330mm higher than predicted due to the weather conditions. Large waves and spray are likely so please take care on coastal paths and promenades. Do not drive through flood water or waves. The tidal gates at Ilfracombe have been closed. Coastal conditions are expected to remain stormy until Friday. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will issue updates if the situation changes. The detailed tidal information for those who use it is; the forecast high tide level is 5.31 mAOD, which is 0.33m above astronomical tide level.