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LIVE: Cornwall braces itself against rain, floods and high winds

By Jo_Wood  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

  • Trampoline taken by the wind. Picture by Lynda Brooks of the Beacon in Falmouth

  • Trampoline taken by the wind. Picture by Lynda Brooks of the Beacon in Falmouth

  • Penzance prom

  • Lanivet Church. picture sent to us by Nathan Dean

  • A tree down in Falmouth, sent to us by Matthew Davis

  • A tree down in Falmouth, sent to us by Matthew Davis

  • Cornwall braces itself against rain, floods and high winds

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6pm update:

Cornwall Council’s customer contact centre has received more than 170 calls reporting a wide range of issues, including incidents of localised flooding and fallen trees and power cables.

These included reports of some flooding and standing water in both St Austell and Penzance, as well as damage to electricity cables in both towns.

There was also some localised flooding in Gweek. There were reports of fallen trees from across the whole of Cornwall.

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There are currently around 120 properties in the Torpoint area which are still without power. Warbstow Primary School in South East Cornwall was also closed today after being left with no electricity following a power failure.

“While the worst of the weather now appears to have left Cornwall, we would still encourage people to take care when travelling” said Sandra Rothwell, Cornwall Council’s Duty Director. “There may still be some roads which are affected by fallen trees or localised flooding”.

“Council staff will remain on stand by overnight in case there are any further problems”.

5.30pm update:

Police have confirmed that there are two trees down blocking Lower Polstain Road at Threemilestone.

4pm update:

The Cornishman reports:

Over a thousand people living around Heamoor, near Penzance, lost power twice today but a spokesperson for Western Power Distribution said homes were now back on the grid.

The road was reported to be completely flooded at Lelant while Alexandra Road, Penzance also suffered from standing water. Meanwhile motorists came to a standstill on the A30 near Crowlas as a wall of rain passed over them, making for hazardous driving conditions.

Cornwall Council highways stewards have been out assessing the effects of the stormy weather and reported trees down at Chenalls Road, St Erth, Roscadghill Road, Penzance and on the Newlyn to Lamorna Road on the B3315 near Lamorna Pottery.

3.55pm update:

Lynda Brooks of the Beacon in Falmouth, sent the West Briton pictures of a trampoline which got lifted over a six foot fence by the strong winds and landed in the next door garden partly on a shed.

She said: “I heard a noise and the next minute its lifted up and going over the fence. It wedged itself in there.

"We helped the neighbours secure it with rope so it could not go anywhere.”

The only damage is to the trampoline.

3.45pm update:

The A390 eastbound in Probus is blocked due to a fallen tree.

3.25pm update:

The Cornish Guardian reports: Newquay town centre and surrounding parishes lost power for several minutes earlier today and the resort's seas have become rough and choppy.

3.15pm update:

The TISA building at Penryn College has suffered serious damage to its roof which is leaking a 'massive' amount of water.

The college have confirmed that the leak will affect every sport facility held in the dome, including external bookings.

Indoor game activities have moved elsewhere in the school in the meantime.

The area, which also serves as access between the college, Penryn Infant School and Pernryn Juniors, has been closed.

Camborne SoM v Storm netball match is likely to be off tonight as a result.

The felled tree at Grove Place in Falmouth, meanwhile, has been removed. Local police have warned there are "lots of water and fallen trees. Necessary journeys only, I would suggest."

2.45pm update:

The Environment Agency currently have 33 flood warnings and 56 flood alerts in force.

The agency are advising the public to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through floodwater, saying "Environment Agency teams have been mobilised across the country to check on flood defences, clear river blockages and monitor river levels.

"These teams work around the clock to reduce the risk of flooding, and will be out in force over the coming days.

"Environment Agency flood defences have protected more than 2,000 properties in the past 24 hours."

2pm update:

Torpoint is now regaining power after 615 homes lost electricity this morning. Most homes are now reconnected.

The Torpoint bridge is still closed to high sided-vehicles, caravans and motorcycles and the Torpoint ferry operating a one ferry service.

A tree has fallen onto the porch of Lanivet Church in Bodmin.

This video of the stormy conditions under the Tamar Bridge, on the Saltash side, was sent to us by a reader:

1.30pm update:

Western Power Distribution have confirmed that 615 homes in Torpoint are without power due to conductor lines coming down in the high winds. They are unable to confirm when those homes will regain electricity.

Power in surrounding areas of Newquay went down for about 5 minutes at 1pm. The power company have confirmed they have extra engineers on standby because of the weather warnings.

Falmouth police are urging drivers to avoid Grove Place after a tree came down in the road at the junction with Cambeltown Way, outside Arwenack Manor House. There is also a tree blocking the A393 northbound near the Treluswell Roundabout, Penryn.

One lane of the A30 eastbound is closed in Launceston also because of a fallen tree.

12.30pm update: Hundreds of homes in Torpoint have been left without power as the weather has worsened in eastern parts of Cornwall.

The Tamar crossing has been closed to high-sided vehicles. More as we have it.

Earlier: Cornwall should expect some very heavy rain and high winds today, as the Duchy braces itself for the worst storm of winter so far.

Eastern parts of Cornwall are under an amber weather warning from the Met Office, with heavy downpours and gusts of up to 70mph expected.

West Cornwall is still on a yellow 'be aware' warning from yesterday.

Exeter based weather agency, the Met Office, have warned that due to the saturation of the ground from previous rainfall this week, the heavy rain expected today is likely to cause flooding.

The Rivers Tamar and Lynher both have flood alerts in place.

People travelling in the Cornwall today should expect some disruption and are warned to travel only if prepared for longer journey times.

Cornwall Council said "Officers from Cornwall Council’s Highways, Environment, Fire and Rescue and Emergency Management services are on standby to deal with any problems caused by the severe weather.

"Crews from the Highways and Environment services have been carrying out preventative works over the past twenty four hours, including clearing drains and monitoring local conditions. The crews will also be out from 8 am tomorrow morning checking the areas known to be at risk of flooding.

"Anyone whose property is prone to flooding should consider having a supply of sandbags ready to protect their home or business should they need to.

"Sandbags can be obtained from builders merchants, DIY and hardware stores.

Residents have also been warned to take extra care of any external Christmas decorations which might already be up, turning them off as the weather deteriorated and checking fittings are fully dry before switching them back on again.

If you have pictures of the rain or flooding in your town or village, send them to jo.wood@northcliffemedia.co.uk or tweet us @thisiscornwall

-Jo is a digital journalist and editor based in Cornwall working as a Regional Digital Publisher, Devon and Cornwall, for Northcliffe Digital.

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  • JJLee  |  November 22 2012, 1:14PM

    Endless sirens all day in the office, trees down everywhere, take it easy driving home guys

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