Yellow Wind Warning: Storm Ciara

Storm Ciara is expected to affect SW England from late Saturday/Saturday night, all of Sunday, and continuing into Monday. Gusts of 50 to 60 mph coming from the west and southwest are likely across many inland areas and around 70 mph in coastal areas. We are also expecting high swells throughout much of the weekend and continuing into Monday, ranging from 6.5m to 9.0m. Due to the strong winds and tide levels it is likely that some coastal routes, sea front and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large wave. Please take extra caution when passing a coastal area (Porthcressa Beach, Old Town Beach, Mermaid Car Park, the Garrison etc). Where possible take alternate routes.


It is recommended that caution is exercised at least 2 hours either side of high tide due to the wave climate and high water levels. In addition to wave and sea over-topping, there may be a risk of flying debris. Where possible take alternate routes.


Hide Tides:

Saturday:  16:16 (5.40m)

​Sunday: 4:35 (5.70m) & 17:00 (5.66)



The Council of the Isles of Scilly has deployed storm boards across St Mary's, and has sand bags ready to be used if needed. Our operational services will be doing additional checks both throughout the weekend. St Mary's Quay will be closed from Saturday evening into Sunday monday, and then again Sunday evening into Monday monday. 


In an event of flooding the Council of the Isles of Scilly, the Emergency services, and the Environment agency will help where they can.


If life is at risk, CALL 999


If you require sandbags as a precautionary measure you will need to make your own arrangements. For more information on Sand Bags and Flooding safety please see here:

Publishing date: 
Friday, 7 February, 2020
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