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Police warn residents 'not to put themselves at risk' during storms

By cg_ailsam  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

Police warn Cornish residents 'not to put themselves at risk' during storms

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Police are preparing for bad weather across Cornwall that will hit tonight and tomorrow.

Multi-agency co-ordination centres will open this evening and on Saturday, such as Silver Control in Truro to deal with any weather related issues.

Latest advice from the Met Office suggests large amounts of rain and high winds from tonight, with a further spell of rain and high winds up to 80mph late on Saturday morning, into Saturday afternoon.

Police are asking all road users to drive appropriately and be prepared to face standing water and road debris – particularly on more rural routes.

Due to current difficulties on the region’s rail infrastructure, main routes across Devon and Cornwall are expected to be busier this weekend as people take to roads rather than rail to travel.

Chair of the Devon and Cornwall Local Resilience Forum, Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton, spoke to Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday evening and will further update COBR nationally later on Friday.

Assistant Chief Constable Netherton said: “The impact on Devon and Cornwall has been huge and I have spoken on behalf of the Local Resilience Forum to make the Prime Minister aware of the challenges we face as a region.

“This weekend is due to be another test for us, but I’m confident that as a multi-agency effort we have the skills and ability to keep Devon and Cornwall safe and moving.”

High waves are expected once again, particularly around the southern coastline of Devon and Cornwall, with serious dangers to anyone standing or in a vehicle near to coastal promenades and beaches.

The Environment Agency is also continuing to warn of potential for river flooding across Devon in particular.

Mr Netherton added: “Our own staff within the police and that of other agencies have performed fantastically in the last week and will continue too over the weekend and into what is an unsettled period of weather next week.

“I’d ask members of the public to do what they can to not put themselves at risk – particularly on the coast.”

All the latest information can be found on Twitter at @metoffice and @EnvAgencySW

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