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VIDEO: Storm Bears Down on Cornwall
5:02pm 27th October 2013
(Updated 5:02pm 27th October 2013)
The much anticipated hurricane force storm is due to hit Cornwall.
There had been hopes it would change direction at the last moment and avoid the Duchy.
But the Met Office says its latest computer models show it will slam into us in the early hours of tomorrow morning, with the first front of driving rain due to hit Cornwall this evening.
Forecasters have issued a yellow alert for heavy rain tonight, followed by an amber alert of hurricane force winds for tomorrow morning.
The Environment Agency has issued Flood Alerts for the River Lynher (Rame Peninsula, Callington, Saltash, Rilla Mill, Pillaton and Landrake), the Upper River Tamar (Bude, Helebridge, Bridgerule, Canworthy Water and Yeolmbridge) and North Cornwall's rivers (Newquay, Padstow, Wadebridge and Sladesbridge, Bodmin and Camelford.) You can find the latest alerts and warnings here.
A spokesperson added: "20-40mm of rain is expected from 18:00 Sunday evening until 08:00 Monday morning. The heaviest rain is expected between 21:00 and midnight. Extremely strong winds will increase the risk of damage to trees. Debris and leaves may cause blockages to screens and road drains. Please be advised that the very strong wind may represent a risk to life. Please ensure your safety."
Martin Young, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, said: "While this is a major storm for the UK, we don't currently expect winds to be as strong as those seen in the 'Great Storm' of 1987 or the 'Burns Day storm' of 1990.
"This weather system is typical of what we expect to see in winter but as it's coming in during autumn - when trees are in leaf - and while the ground is fairly saturated, it does pose some risks. We could see some uprooted trees or other damage from the winds and there's a chance of some surface water flooding from the rainfall - all of which could lead to some disruption."
People are advised to take precautions ahead of the storm and that travel conditions may be difficult during tomorrow morning. Delaying journeys to avoid the worst of the winds should be considered.
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "Environment Agency teams are out working to minimise river flood risk, clearing debris from streams and unblocking culverts. We will continue to closely monitor the situation ready to issue flood warnings if needed. We are supporting local authorities who will respond to any reports of surface water flooding.
"Seafronts, quaysides, jetties should be avoided due to the risk of overtopping by waves and wind blown shingle. People are advised to sign up to receive free flood warnings from the Environment Agency website, check weather reports on the Met Office website and be prepared to change travel plans."
Emergency crews have set up a "Silver Command" HQ in Truro to deal with the impact of the storm.
Newquay sergeant Regie Butler tweeted: "Bad weather often brings out muppets who put themselves at risk for 'thrill.' Please don't. Blue light teams will be busy enough."
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