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West Cornwall Battered by Storms

By CMCherie  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

A wave crashes into Penzance Promenade.

A wave crashes into Penzance Promenade.

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Homes lost power, roads were flooded and trees were toppled as west Cornwall was battered by storms today.

Penwith was drenched in the down pour with wet weather causing widespread problems.

Over a thousand people living around Heamoor, near Penzance, lost power twice 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.

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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.

An amber weather warning has been issued for the region by the Met Office with gusts of wind expected to reach 70mph. It is in place until midnight tonight with motorists warned to prepare for disruption on the roads.

Although there are no warnings in place so far for tomorrow, west Cornwall is being told to brace itself for further wet weather on Saturday and Sunday.

"Many areas are likely to experience a period of very wet and very windy weather over the weekend," said a spokesperson for the forecaster. "The public should be aware that some flooding is likely, and winds could potentially cause damage to buildings and uproot some trees.

"Given the saturated ground there is potential for the rainfall to lead to considerable disruption in some areas, though at this stage details are uncertain."

How have you been affected by the weather? Email cornishman@c-dm.co.uk with your news and pictures.

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