Flood Alert Info - South Devon Coast from Plymouth to Start Point

Area Description

Exposed coastal areas from Plymouth to Start Point.
This is a Flood Alert Area. For this area the highest level of flood notification that you will receive is a Flood Alert. No Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings are issued for this area.
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Flood Alert History

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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area


Flood Alert issued on 12 Feb 2020 16:30
English Channel
Flooding is possible over the high tide on Thursday morning. High water at Plymouth is at 8.36am, times of high water will vary along the coast. Force 7 south westerly winds and offshore wave heights of over 4.5m are forecast to cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations. Expect tides to be around 470mm higher than predicted due to weather conditions. People are advised to stay away from risk areas 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 and issue updates as required. Detailed tidal information for those who use it; The forecast high tide level at Plymouth is 3.07 mAOD, this is 0.47 metres above astronomical tide level.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Feb 2020 12:10
English Channel
Flooding is possible for the high tides on Tuesday the 11th of February and the morning of Wednesday the 12th of February. Tide levels are now rising towards spring tides which peak on Wednesday the 12th of February. High water at Plymouth is at 19:30 on Tuesday evening and 08:00 on Wednesday morning. High water times will vary slightly along the coast. The current forecast conditions, associated with strong winds and large waves from storm Ciara, could result in wave overtopping of sea defences and localised flooding in exposed coastal locations. 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


Flood Alert issued on 10 Feb 2020 13:35
English Channel
Flooding is possible during the high tides on Sunday and Monday. High water at Plymouth is at 18:45 on Monday evening and 07:15 on Tuesday morning. The times of high water will vary along the coast. Tide levels are now rising towards spring tides which peak on Wednesday 12th of February. The current forecast conditions, associated with strong winds and large waves from storm Ciara, could result in wave overtopping of sea defences and localised flooding in exposed coastal locations. 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.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2020 12:39
English Channel
Flooding is possible during the high tides on Sunday and Monday. High water at Plymouth is at 18:00 on Sunday evening and 06:30 on Monday morning. The times of high water will vary along the coast. Tide levels are now rising towards spring tides which peak on Wednesday 12th of February. The current forecast conditions, associated with strong winds and large waves from storm Ciara, could result in wave overtopping of sea defences and localised flooding in exposed coastal locations. 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.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Feb 2020 19:10
English Channel
Flooding is possible during the high tides on Sunday 9th of February. High water times at Plymouth on Sunday are 05:30 and 18:15. The times of high water will vary along the coast. Tide levels are now rising towards spring tides which peak on Wednesday 12th of February. The current forecast conditions, associated with strong winds and large waves from storm Ciara, could result in wave overtopping of sea defences and localised flooding in exposed coastal locations. 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 Sunday or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 26 Nov 2019 13:52
English Channel
Flooding is possible over the high tide on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. High water at Plymouth is at 5.30pm on Tuesday evening. Strong force 6 south south westerly winds are forecasted to result in over 4 metre offshore wave heights. High water at Plymouth is at 5.45am on Wednesday morning. Strong force 6 west south west winds are forecasted to result in over 3 metre offshore wave heights. These conditions are likely to cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations. People are advised to stay away from risk areas 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 and issue updates as required. Detailed information for those who use it; the forecast high tide level for Tuesday is 2.95mAOD and for Wednesday is 2.98m AOD. This is 0.47m above astronomical tide level.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Nov 2018 15:02
English Channel
Flooding is possible over the high tide from Friday 9th November. High water at Plymouth is at 18:30, times of High Water will vary along the coast. Strong South South Westerly winds up to Force 8 and offshore wave heights of up to 5m are forecast which may cause wave overtopping of sea defences. Expect tides to be up to 460 millimetres higher than predicted on tide tables. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Environment Agency staff will continue to monitor tide levels, and issue updates as required.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Oct 2018 15:11
English Channel
Flooding is possible over the high tide on Friday morning. High water at Plymouth is at 0830, times of High Water will vary along the coast. Strong Southerly winds up to Force 8 and offshore wave heights of up to 4m are forecast which may cause wave overtopping of sea defences. Expect tides to be up to 400mm higher than predicted on tide tables. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Environment Agency staff will continue to monitor tide levels, and issue updates as required.