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VIDEO: Superstorm bearing down on Cornwall

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4:22pm 25th October 2013
(Updated 4:22pm 25th October 2013)

Cornwall is warned to batten down the hatches as an amber weather alert goes out.

Forecasters say the Duchy is set to be lashed by gales of over 80 miles an hour on Monday.

More heavy rain is on the way too.

On Sunday torrential downpours will arrive. A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "During the initial phase, heavy rainfall seems more likely to be the main issue, with surface water flooding perhaps happening quite quickly in places given the intensity of rain falling onto already wet ground, perhaps exacerbated by drains blocked by leaf and twig debris."

Monday's warning steps up to amber - with gusts of wind expected to hit over 80 mph. Some are warning that it could be the worst storm Cornwall has seen since 1987.

The Met Office said: "A strong, high-level jet is expected to engage warm low level air to give rise to a rapidly moving low pressure system later on Sunday.

"This is expected to run northeastwards, probably across England and Wales, with very strong winds on its southern and western flanks. There is the potential for gusts of over 80 mph, especially on exposed coasts, both in southwesterly winds ahead of the low and west to northwesterly winds behind it."

But forecasters say we could still escape the worst of it since it is too early to tell exactly how bad it could be and where it will hit.

You can get the latest on the weather, including detailed rain and wind maps here

For flood alerts in our area you can check the latest from the Environment Agency here

 

As the superstorm heads for Cornwall we are being warned to prepare as best we can.

Emergency crews are on standby to deal with any incidents.

In the meantime we are being advised to secure our homes as well as possible and put flood plans in action.

Mike Cooper from Richford's Fire and Flood told Pirate FM: "No one wants to do a Michael Fish and predict something that may or may not happen. But we are observing something that is significant and it is worth people just taking a few minutes to look around their property and see if there's anything that just needs to be tidied away. We don't want to be back here on Monday reporting about injuries or loss of life even."

You can hear his full advice on what to do to protect your home below:

 

Cornwall Council is warning high winds could cause significant damage to trees, buildings and power lines together with a risk of flying debris and is asking drivers, particularly those driving high sided vehicles or caravans, to take care.  


Warnings are also being given to boat owners, and caravan and camp sites to take all necessary precautions.  Any teams who may be putting up seasonal decorations and lights in towns and villages are also being advised to either hold off putting them up or check that any which are erected are secure.

There is a risk of heavy showers and longer spells of rain which could cause localised flooding in some areas and disruption to travel.   The Environment Agency is advising people living in areas at risk of flooding to take precautions and not to drive through any flood water.   Environment Agency staff teams are out working to minimise river flood risk, clearing debris from streams and unblocking culverts and will continue to closely monitor the situation.  The Agency is also supporting local authorities who will respond to any reports of surface water flooding.

Crews from the Council's Environment service and Highways contractor Cormac Solutions Ltd have been out checking that gullies, drains and trash screens in flooding "hot spots" are clear of debris over the past few days and further checks will take place over the weekend.

The combination of high winds and heavy rain is likely to cause very large waves and swell around the Cornish coasts.  Agencies are warning members of the public to avoid seafronts, quaysides, jetties due to the risk of overtopping by waves.

During the floods which took place last year a number of householders reported difficulties in obtaining sandbags when the heavy rain affected their local area.

The council said: "As neither the Council nor the Environment Agency has a statutory duty to provide sandbags, anyone whose property is prone to flooding should ensure they have a supply of sandbags ready to protect their home or business should they need to.  Local communities are also encouraged to check with vulnerable neighbours in case they need help with obtaining flood protection materials.

"Sandbags can be obtained from builders merchants, DIY and hardware stores. Anyone who is unsure if their property is at risk can check on the Environment Agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call the floodline on 0845 988 1188."

Further advice on preparing for flooding is also available from the Council's website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/flooding

4:22pm 25th October 2013

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