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LIVE: Weather updates for Cornwall

By WBEsme  |  Posted: December 23, 2013

  • Collapsed garage wall on Mount Wise, Newquay

  • Fallen-down tree at Castle-An-Dinas, near St Columb Major - this has now been cleared and the road is open

  • Surface water flooding at Trencreek, near Newquay

  • Fallen-down tree at Castle-An-Dinas, near St Columb Major - this has now been cleared and the road is open

  • Surface water flooding at Trencreek, near Newquay

  • Collapsed garage wall on Mount Wise, Newquay

  • wind speeds according to Met Desk

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Thousands of homes across Cornwall have been left without power as storms cause havoc across Cornwall.

Heavy rain and strong winds are sweeping across the Duchy, with the Met Office issuing an amber weather warning for today.

There are currently reports of localised flooding - and delays on roads and rail are expected.

They have also warned that gale force winds up to 70 miles per hour will be an added hazard, especially around coastal areas.

People have been advised to not walk too close to cliff edges and to take care while outside in the

wind.

10.50pm:

Reports of flooding close to Bodmin Parkway station on the A38 Glynn Valley

Also, Highways Agency reports that the A390 near Liskeard (east) - one lane is blocked.

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10pm: Reports of flooding along the A39 at Perranworthal, between Truro and Falmouth and that the road is now closed.

Regie Butler, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said on Twitter: "This evening officer at the flooding at the Norway Inn have been waist deep in water rescuing motorists."

Falmouth Coastguard are involved in the rescue of two French sailors on a yacht which is sinking 170 miles (273km) south-west of the Isles of Scilly.

They say they have tried to divert merchant ships to the area but because of the "horrendous sea conditions" the ships are unable to help. Helicopters from RNAS Culdrose and one from RMB Chivenor are now en-route to attempt a rescue.

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8.45pm: Reports have said the Tamar Bridge is currently closed to high-sided vehicles because of strong winds.

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8.15pm: Bissoe Bridge in Bissoe, near Redruth, is said to be closed because of flooding.

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8pm: Reports have been issued stating part of Bissoe Road in Carnon Downs is closed due to flooding, while warnings are out to approach the turn at Rezare junction on the A388 in Treburley, with care.

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7.45pm: A section of Trelowarren Street in Camborne is thought to be closed because of roof slate in the road.

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7.45pm: It has been reported the Morval junction on the A387 is closed because of flooding.

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7.30pm: Trains are still being delayed due to heavy rain and high winds.

On its website First Great Western has reported that services between Par and Newquay remain suspended due to signalling problems.

While services to and from Penzance are still running behind schedule, with disruptions, such as flooding further up the country, increasing journey time by around an hour.

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6.30pm: The Met Office has reported that a second bout of wind and rain is coming into Cornwall.

On Twitter, the Met Desk said: "Second wave of rainfall reaching Cornwall. This is the main cold front with winds stronger than through today".

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6.20pm: There are reports that a tree is blocking the road between Fraddon and Brighton Cross on the B3275, close to St Austell, with only one lane passable.

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6.00pm: A Western Power spokesman has said there are currently 2,400 homes without power across the county.

He said that most of the power failures are in west Cornwall, with Helston and Marazion two of the areas worst affected.

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5.45pm: Reports are suggesting there are fallen trees blocking the the B3275 at St Enoder, near Newquay.

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4.15PM: Fire crews have been called to flooded properties across the county including Looe, St Ives and St Just.

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3.45pm: Police are urging people to take extra care on the roads during the current spate of bad weather.

A representative from Devon and Cornwall Police said: “We are urging people to slow down and be mindful of the fact that there is a lot of surface water and flooding on the roads.

“Be mindful of other drivers and slow down.”

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3.45pm: An elderly driver has crashed into a roundabout on the A390 in St Austell. Police say one lane is closed and are advising motorists to take care in the area.

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3.45pm: The B3257 between Callington and Kelly Bray is closed due to fallen cables.

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3.30pm: The 16.44 train from Penzance to London Paddington has been cancelled. However, the service before, scheduled for 16.00, is still set to leave as expected.

First Great Western is advising passengers to travel as soon as possible, but to expect delays and alterations to services.

A spokesman said a tree on the line at Totnes has been affecting the line, while speed restrictions are in place in parts, "resulting in further delays to services".

"As of 12pm ticket restrictions were lifted, allowing all customers to travel on any service," added the spokesman.

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3.15pm: Reports suggest the road between Callington and Chilsworthy is closed.

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3.05pm: Trains between Newquay and Par have been suspended due to signalling problems. Buses are running as a replacement service.

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2.25pm: The Environment Agency is urging people to be prepared for the potential risk of flooding as heavy rain continues to batter the county.

Adrian Rushworth for the Environment Agency said: “Rivers are very full and the ground is saturated, which mean that there is an increased risk of surface and river water flooding. Gale force, possibly even severe gale force, winds and large waves are expected. This is already resulting in dramatic sea spray and overtopping of sea fronts.

“Unsettled weather is set to continue throughout the Christmas period, with heavy rain and wind affecting many parts of England, so people should check the flood forecast on the Environment Agency website to help plan – and sign up to flood warnings.”

The Environment Agency and the AA are advising motorists not to drive through standing water that is moving or more than 10cm deep.

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2.05PM: Trelowarren Street in Camborne is closed due to slates falling from a roof.

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1.45pm: A tree that fell onto the road at Trerulefoot roundabout has now been cleared.

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1.45pm: Western Power Distribution say 3,000 homes across Cornwall are now without power.

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12.55pm: Trains between Liskeard and Looe have been suspended.

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12.50pm: A tree has fallen at Trerulefoot roundabout near Liskeard. It appears to be blocking the A374 exit to Torpoint.

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12.20pm: The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for the following areas:-

River Lynher: Rame Peninsula, Callington, Saltash, Rilla Mill, Pillaton and Landrake

Rivers Looe and Seaton: Liskeard, Polperro, Jopes Mill and Hessenford

River Fowey: Lostwithiel The Glynn Valley, Trago Mills and St Neot

Upper River Tamar: Bude, Helebridge, Bridgerule, Canworthy Water and Yeolmbridge

Lower River Tamar: Gunnislake, Calstock, Cargreen, Bere Alston, Morwellham and Cotehele

Middle River Tamar: Polson Bridge, Horsebridge, Gunnislake, Lifton and Sydenham

The EA says the heaviest bands of rain are expected to fall between 1pm and 2pm this afternoon and 8pm and 1am tomorrow morning.

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A spokesperson from Western Power Distribution has confirmed 2,700 homes across Cornwall are currently without power due to weather related incidents.

She said: “There have been 94 separate incidents in Cornwall affecting around 2,700 customers.

“Our engineers are out getting people back on as quickly and as a safely as they can.”

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11.40am: Reports suggest 2,500 homes across Cornwall are without power due to weather related incidents.

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11.40am: Motorists have reported that Penwethers Lane in Truro is blocked due to a fallen tree

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11.30am: Cornwall Council has closed a section of the South West Coast Path between Talland and Hannafore in Looe due to safety concerns. Diversion are in place for walkers.

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11.20am: Callington Town Council is advising drivers to avoid the B3257 from Kelly Bray to St Ann’s Chapel due to flooding.

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11.03am: Cornwall Council says rainfall levels of between 40 and 80 mm are currently predicted, with two pulses of heavy rain due to move through Cornwall – the first between 12 noon and 3pm and the second between 6pm and 10pm. Gusts of wind of between 70 – 80 mph are also possible around exposed coasts.

* Anyone who is unsure if their property is at risk can check on the environment agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call the floodline on 0845 988 1188.

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11am: Reports of flooding at Shortlanesend, heading towards Perranporth, about half a mile after the Post Office

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10.45am: More than 800 homes across Cornwall are currently without power due to weather related incidents.

A spokesperson from Western Power Distribution said: “There are currently 842 homes off supply from Land's End all the way up through Cornwall.”

She said power cuts had been caused by approximately 60 separate incidents.

She added: “Our guys are working as fast as they can to resolve the issues.”

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10.30am:Reports that a tree is blocking the road in Belowda, near Roche.

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9.59am: There is a fallen-down tree at Castle-An-Dinas, near St Columb Major.

The tree is completely blocking the road, just off the A30, and motorists are being advised to drive with extra care.

Police are en route to the incident.

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9.55 am: 360 homes and businesses have been left without power in and around the Lizard area.

Western Power engineers are at the scene and it is hoped that electricity will be restored later this morning.

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9.50 am: Motorists have reported that the A39 near the Norway Inn, Truro, is flooded. Traffic is moving slowly.

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9.30am: Reports suggest there has been a power cut in St Mellion and the surrounding areas.

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9.10 am: It is understood that a fallen tree on the B3300 is disrupting traffic between Redruth and Portreath.

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9.05 am: Met Desk release pictures of today's wind speeds.

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8.55 am: A motorist has reported a fallen tree on the A390 at Rosudgeon, in between Penzance and Helston.

It is understood the tree is blocking one side of the

carriageway, but is passable with care.

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8.40 am: It is understood that the Tamar Bridge has been closed to high-sided vehicles due to high winds.

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8.20 am: The King Harry Ferry between Feock and Philleigh will not run today because of strong winds.

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8.15 am: National Rail have said that services to and from Exeter St Davids and Yeovil Junction will start and end at Salisbury due to the bad weather.

A spokesman added: "Customers are advised to only travel this afternoon, if absolutely necessary and to check before travelling."

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8 am: One lane of the A38 Tamar Bridge has been closed in both directions between the toll booths, St Budeaux, Plymouth and Saltash, Cornwall, because of strong winds.

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7 am: First Great Western have imposed speed restrictions which will affect their high speed routes.

The train company has also said that passengers with tickets for journeys after 12pm can use earlier services.

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  • DipStick  |  December 23 2013, 7:41PM

    Bah humbug indeed! I was at school when we went decimal and to the metric system so I was taught in both but still think in "real money" like you. Saying that, it was a long time ago so we should all be using it now. Bet "they" never thought it would take as long as it has though! We still use miles on the roads though so this is the one time I would hope that news reporting was consistant. DS

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  • TheGeofflane  |  December 23 2013, 3:08PM

    As I hope you all take care, one moan about the reporting. I read of 60-70mph wind, which we understand from our car speedometers. So why on earth 40-60mms of rain? This is Cornwall, this is England, what is a mm if you scratch it? Half an inch of rain I understand, one inch is a downpour. My BBC weather forecasting on 'Internet' is happy to give me temps in that great Englishman Fafrenheit, WHY can't I have deluges in inches? Can I still be buried six feet under, or come the day will the dreaded EU win? But then I still think in pints and gallons. What's a litre of petrol? A clever way of concealing the fortune I'm being charged. No I don't want a litre of beer. I want a good old English PINT. Bah Humbug to you all.

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