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LIVE BLOG: Severe storm hits Cornwall

By DaveCDM  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

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Severe weather is yet again affecting Cornwall this morning, with torrential rain and severe gales across the region.

Gusts of over 90mph have been recorded overnight, with one weather station on the Isles of Scilly recording a gust of 105mph.

Trees are down in several locations, and flood water is also causing problems, with the Environment Agency issuing a a severe flood warning for the entire south coast around high tide between 8am and 9am.

Drivers are advised to take care on all roads, with problems already reported on the A394 at Marazion and on the A39 at Knightsmill.

Ludgvan School in West Cornwall is closed due to a power cut, with up to 3,000 homes across the county reportedly without power.

Updates will appear here throughout the day, and please let us know what the situation is like with you by either using the comment form below, by emailing david.thomas@c-dm.co.uk, or by calling us on 01872 247411.


6.30am: Winds are expected to strengthen over the next couple of hours, and with high tide due from 8am onwards across the south coast, problems are expected.

6.40am: Around 100 fallen trees were reported last night but the major routes in Cornwall are now open although motorists are being urged to take extra care and make sure that they have time to avoid any fallen debris.

Closed roads include the A394 in Marazion, closed in both directions at the B3280 junction, the A3078 at Tregony Bridge in Tregony closed in both directions between the Frog Lane Tregony junction and the Ruan Lanihorne junction, because of a fallen tree and fallen power cables.

Also closed is the A39 Knightsmill Bridge at St Teath, both ways between B3267 and Knightsmill.

6.50am: Western Promenade Road in Penzance is closed in both directions between the Battery Road junction and the New Road junction, because of strong winds and flooding.

6.55am: Four householders in Kingsand were evacuated from their homes last night as stones and seawater smashed through the windows of seafront properties as fire crews, coastguards and the police checked about 50 properties.

7am: There is disruption to rail services between Penzance and Newton Abbot due to a fallen tree on the line between Liskeard and Bodmin Parkway and poor weather conditions.

7am: The multi agency Silver Control centre at New County Hall in Truro will be fully operational from 7 am this morning to provide a co-ordinated response to the severe weather situation.

There is particular concern over the impact of the high tide and agencies are watching the situation closely and have crews on standby across Cornwall to respond.

Crews from fire, police, CORMAC and the Environment Agency worked throughout the evening and overnight dealing with a large number of weather related incidents across Cornwall, including fallen trees and fallen power lines.

For further advice on preparing for flooding visit the environment agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk or the Cornwall Council website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/flooding

7.15am: First Great Western are advising passengers not to travel west of Exeter St Davids.

Major damage has been caused by the poor weather and rough seas to parts of the track and sea wall at Dawlish. Also, a tree is on the line between Liskeard and Bodmin Parkway and there is poor weather in the Penzance area.

There are no trains between Plymouth and Gunnislake, Liskeard and Looe, Par and Newquay, St Erth and St Ives and Truro and Falmouth until at least 9am.

7.20am: Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton said the emergency services had faced “a very challenging night”.

Extra staff had been brought in to deal with more than 300 999 calls and, as well as more than 100 fallen trees being reported on the roads, tiles had come off roofs, roofs had been blown off.

7.25am: More damage has been done to the seafront at Newlyn Green and properties were once again flooded last night in Mevagissey, Looe and Fowey.

David Owens, assistant head of environment at Cornwall council, said he was particularly concerned about further damage in Penzance, Newlyn and Kingsand when high tides arrive - at 8.20am in Penzance and about an hour later in the east of the county.

7.30am: The A39 is flooded at the Norway Inn but is passable with care.

In Penzance, Tredarvah Road is blocked due to a fallen tree.

7.45am: Firefighters in St Mawes cordoned off the main street due to atrocious conditions at high tide last night; an elderly lady was evacuated by fire service from Marine Parade as the village was flooded for the second time in two days.

The harbour wall was reported as being breached with main the granite top cracked all along. Also in the village, a fish trailer knocked was knocked off its blocks and moved several feet, a metal flagpole fell over and other one bent was at angle, fishing pots and nets were washed away and bins and debris were scattered on road.

7.50am: No Western Greyhound double decker buses are in operation this morning after a bus was partially blown over by the wind at Carland Cross last night.

The whole fleet was brought in at 8pm but most services are in operation this morning using single decker vehicles.

7.55am: The King Harry and Falmouth to St Mawes ferry services are not running this morning.

7.55am: The A38 in Saltash is partially blocked with slow traffic eastbound because of recovery work and tarpaulin on the road.

8.20am: The Met Office has upgraded the weather warning for Cornwall to amber - be prepared.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Winds are expected to gust to 60-70 mph over coasts and hills, and locally more across headlands, with 50-60 mph more generally inland.

"The public should be prepared for the risk of further disruption to transport and power due to fallen trees.

"Additionally, dangerously large waves will over top coastlines and bring the risk of further erosion and damage."

8.55am: There is a "danger to life" from flooding along the south coast of Cornwall according to the Environment Agency.

A severe flood warning has been put in place for the entire coast from Land's End to Plymouth.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: "On Wednesday morning the wind is forecast to be South Westerly force 9 to 10, with waves over 10m, and a surge around 800 mm.

"Overtopping of defences is expected. Impacts are likely to be similar to Tuesday evenings high tide, in sheltered locations.

"Waves will be significantly bigger in exposed coastal locations. People are advised to avoid these areas as they will be extremely dangerous. The recent storms have caused damage at coastal locations.

"There may be an increased risk at Stonehouse, Plympton, Lamorna, Penzance, Porthleven, Mullion, Pentewan, Seaton and Kingsand."

9am: The A390 Grenville Road in Lostwithiel is closed in both directions at the B3268 Grenville Road junction, because of a fallen tree and fallen power cables. A diversion is in operation.

9.05am: First bus report that all their bus services ran out of the depots this morning and that no services were cancelled.

A spokesman said: "The first we know that a service can't get through a stretch of road is when the driver informs us. The only issue we are aware of currently is around St Keverne and Coverack."

9.45am: St Mary’s has become a wasteland of sand blown in by wind strength measured at the airport at 92 mph and at St Martin’s weather station at an extraordinary 110mph.

South-facing Porthcressa took a battering huge seas driven by heavy winds sending spray steepling inland.

Sand bags were much in evidence in the main settlement of Hugh Town as residents took precautions and this morning council workers have embarked on the gargantuan task of shovelling feet- deep banks of accumulated sand from streets.

9.54am: Latest update from Cornwall Council: "Agencies are continuing to deal with reports of damage and flooding from across Cornwall as a result of the severe weather.

"As well as addressing the issue of the minor roads blocked by fallen trees last night, CORMAC crews and the fire and rescue service are dealing with reports of damage to the harbours at Porthleven and St Mawes and Penzance, and flooding at Perranporth and further fallen trees at Hayle and Falmouth and St Columb Major near Winnards Perch.

"There are also further problems at Kingsand and at Cawsand where there are reports of damage to the Clock Tower and the Institution building at Kingsand and a house which is in danger of collapsing into the sea.

"Teams from CORMAC, the fire and rescue service, the police and the coastguards are on the scene. Further teams from CORMAC are also on route to make safe the homes damaged by last night’s severe weather.

"A rest centre has now been opened at Maker with Rame Village Hall for any residents who may have to leave their homes.

"The latest report from the MET office forecasts further strong winds today, with heavy rain. This is expected to ease towards the end of the day, but more heavy rain is expected on Thursday morning and then a further period of strong winds and heavy rain on Friday evening into Saturday."

10am: St Mawes school is closed today as staff were unable to get in with roads closed in the area.

10.15am. An overhead power cable has come down in the Raleigh Gardens area of Bodmin. Western Power says it is hoping to restore the supply by 4pm this afternoon.

10.15pm: The A390 at Lostwithiel has been re-opened after and earlier incident with a fallen tree.

11.45am: Cornwall Council have just released the following statement: "Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard is demanding immediate action by the Government to repair the storm damage in the region and restore the rail link to Cornwall.

Mr Pollard is joining with other councils and business organisations to stress the importance of this link to the local economy and is calling on the Government to take urgent action.

Cornwall has suffered a series of storms during this winter and the overall costs to us are enormous.

“We cannot afford any interruption to this vital rail link and the Government needs to act to ensure that repairs are carried out immediately. Our road and air links continue to work well and Cornwall remains open for business, however the rail link is crucial to our economy and we need Government support now. We are similarly concerned that the vital link to the Isles of Scilly is maintained by sea and air.“

“As a result of the recent storms some communities across Cornwall have suffered significant structural damage which will cost millions of pounds to repair. Council staff are doing a superb job offering practical support and protecting people and the infrastructure but the growing list of damage means that we need the assurance that the Government will help.

Cornwall Council and its partners are doing everything possible and the co ordinated approach across the region in a example of what can be achieved. However, now we need money and action from National bodies to ensure that peoples lives can return to normal as soon as possible.

1.20pm: Manaccan School is closed due to power failure. Power cables fallen into the road on the road between the village hall and Tregonwell Farm

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  • Bookwyrm  |  February 05 2014, 2:14PM

    1:30 - B3275 Ladock road blocked both ways by fallen tree.

  • jkimpton  |  February 05 2014, 12:59PM

    does she work for babestation then?

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