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LIVE BLOG: Severe weather and winds up to 80mph hit Cornwall tonight

By cg_ailsam  |  Posted: February 04, 2014

  • Waves crashing onto Penzance prom. Picture by Lee J Palmer.

  • A 40 ft tree falls down on Tregolls Road in Truro tonight

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Cornwall is facing a further five days of extreme weather and tonight there will be up to 80mph winds.

The Met Office has issued weather warnings for every day until Saturday.

The yellow “be prepared” weather warnings are for extremely high wind today and tomorrow and very heavy rain on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Winds tonight and tomorrow are expected to be up to 80mph.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Gales accompanied by heavy rain will ease during the early hours (of Wednesday) but in southern and western areas of England and Wales, renewed severe gales are expected to arrive during Wednesday daytime.

“The focus will be around the middle of the day and early afternoon, with the potential for gusts to around 70 mph in some coastal areas, possibly 80 mph in the most exposed sites in southwest England and south Wales.”

Here is a live blog of the weather:

4pm

Fire crews from Falmouth assisted with a dangerous structure and a fallen tree caused by high winds in the Emslie Road and Golden bank Road areas of Falmouth. Both scenes were secured by Fire Personnel.

4.20pm One fire crew from Truro was mobilised to reports of fallen tree that had also bought down a live power cable.

Fire crews stood by at the scene providing fire cover until they were able to hand over the scene to Western Power.

5pm- 6pm

Falmouth reports Swanpool Road west bound is partially blocked between Silverdale Road and Bickland Water Road due fallen tree.

In Penzance the A30 is partially blocked in both directions between Eastern Green and Treweath Road due to a fallen tree.

On the B3293 between Helston and St Keverne there's a tree down just on the St Keverne side of Zoar Garage.

On Trevillet Hill coming into Tintagel there's a big branch in the road.

Between St Erth and Canonstown there's a cable down and between St Buryan and Porthcurno at Treen there's a tree down.

At Trelowth, near St Austell the A390 westbound is blocked due to fallen tree around Coliza Hill.

On back roads by Wall and Reawla in North Cornwall there's a tree down.

Fallen trees, Trelowth A390 blocked around Coliza Hill. Victoria Rd both directions partially blocked between A30 & Roche Cross.

Canonstown A30 closed both directions St Erth Rbt/Arch Lane due to fallen power cables. Reports diversion route now gridlocked.

There has been a landslide in Pelynt on Muchlarnick Lane.

6pm- One tree falls into Tregolls Road in Truro blocking traffic coming into the city, shortly followed by another tree. They have crashed into a walls on Spargos Lane.

Terry Cullen, caretaker of the nine flats at Rosewarne said: "It was rush hour and it was a miracle no one was hurt because the traffic lights must have been on red.

"That tree could have taken out four or five cars.

"It's a miracle- the tree was meant to be cut on Sunday but the tree feller let us down."

6.30pm The road from Perranporth to St Agnes and at Four Lanes outside the school flooding.

7pm Following a significant deterioration in the weather over the last hour it has been decided to open the Silver Control centre at New County Hall, Truro to provide a co-ordinated response to the situation.

Silver Control was formally opened at 6.45 pm and is being led by Chief Inspector Mike Ward with support from Duty Director David Owens and the emergency management team.

We have already received a large number of calls about the impact of the strong winds and heavy rain and are advising members of the public not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

High tide is due at 8.15 pm in Falmouth and staff from Highways, Environment.

Emergency management and fire and rescue services are on standby to deal with any problems.

Further updates will be provided as the situation changes.

7.30pm A3074 Cornwall - Fallen power cables on A3074 St Ives Road in both directions in Carbis Bay around the Polmennor Drive junction. Diversion in operation - via Polwithen Drive

National Rail service said there are no trains between Par and Newquay until further notice. Details at nationalrail.co.uk

7.45pm The A394 Sithney Common Hill in Helston is blocked near the Newham Lane junction, because of a fallen tree.

The B3293 High Street in St Keverne is blocked near The Square junction, because of a fallen tree.

First Great Western tweet: There is a tree on the line between Liskeard and Bodmin Parkway. FGW are advising passengers not to travel west of Exeter.

8.15pm

West Looe Quay closed due to flooding.

8.30pm

Train service suspended on First Great Western between Liskeard and Looe due to flooding.

Some bus services are effected in Cornwall.

8.45pm

DC_Police 7:54pm

Reports of flying debris across Cornwall-Penzance and South cornwall affected.

ACC_Operations 8:34pm

Setting up our gold command centre to help respond to the significant weather hitting Cornwall and Devon. Many trees down and some flooding.

MattGSkinner 8:38pm

The roads I used an hour ago are now blocked by trees.. Glad I drove home when I did! #Cornwall #cornwallstorm #ukstorm

jonkay01 8:37pm

Another vile night of weather in SW England. Fifteen thousand homes without power. 70+ trees down in Devon & Cornwall in 1 hour. Stay safe.

The Truro City Football Club Stadium has been damaged in the high powered winds.

9:30pm

Reports of 15,000 homes within power and more than 70 trees down in Cornwall. Cornwall Council Silver Control warning people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

No trains running west of Plymouth.

9:35pm

Residents in Marazion and Constantine reported to be without power.

9:40pm

50 people evacuated from South East Cornwall village of Kingsand.

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