Bude and Launceston are among areas issued flood warnings by the Environment Agency due to Storm Ciarán.

With Storm Ciarán making its presence known across Cornwall, several areas of the county have been issued flood warnings, these include the Middle River Tamar, Upper River Tamar, River Strat and Neet at Helebridge, and River Neet at Bude.

Both River Strat and Neet at Helebridge, and River Neet at Bude have been issued red flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected and residents hold 'act now'.

A spokesperson for the Environment agency said: "Flooding is expected this morning, Thursday 2nd November. 

"Heavy rain has fallen overnight and is continuing throughout Thursday morning, accompanied by strong winds associated with Storm Ciaran. This is causing the River Strat and River Neet to rise and the river is likely to remain high through the day. 

"Properties and low lying areas in Helebridge will start to flood first from around 10:30 on Thursday. River levels will be at their high throughout today. 

"Flood waters may be deep and fast flowing in these areas. Residents are strongly urged to take action now. Remain safe and be aware of your local surroundings."

The Environment Agency state that a flood warning means that flooding is expected, and those in the area should:

  • move vehicles to higher ground if it’s safe to do so
  • move family and pets to safety
  • move important items upstairs or to a safe place in your property, starting with cherished items and valuables, then furniture and furnishings
  • turn off gas, electricity and water supplies if it’s safe to do so; never touch an electrical switch if you’re standing in water
  • if you have property protection products such as flood barriers, or air brick covers, use them now
  • For the latest updates on the impact of Storm Ciaran in your area, visit our live blog here