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Freak hailstorm turns Falmouth into winter wonderland

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 07, 2013

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A freak hail storm left parts of Falmouth like a scene from winter yesterday.

The hail storm happened at around 5pm and followed a Met Office warning of heavy rain in the South West overnight.

Witnesses reported neighbours' garages flooded and manholes burst as hail turned into a stream of water.

Pictures posted on Twitter showed driveways covered in hail turning them into a winter wonderland.

The heavy rain caused chaos on the roads with parts of the A30 submerged in surface water flooding throughout most of the day.

There was flooding on the A39 as well as on the High Street near Beacon Street.

There were reports of people being forced to leave a café opposite Superdrug, on the corner of Market Street and Killigrew Street, at around 4pm after knee-deep flood water poured into the building.

The downpours also affected the roads in Falmouth and caused queuing traffic in both directions near Ponsharden roundabout.

The sea levels were also high during the evening at Jubilee Wharf, in Penryn, with levels almost as high as the Quay.

The Met Office is warned people to be aware of the risk of localised flooding after more showers were due to hit late last tonight, with the risk of thunder.

If you have any pictures or video footage of the hailstorm send it to us at wmnnewsdesk@westernmorningnews.co.uk

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  • BobToronto  |  September 07 2013, 11:39AM

    When is a hail storm freak? Could not determine from the article. Just asking!