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VIDEO: Cornwall Braces For A Battering

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7:34pm 11th December 2014
(Updated 7:34pm 11th December 2014)

A warning to storm watchers as Cornwall braces for a battering.

A yellow alert for gales of up to 70 miles an hour kicks in at midnight.

It is going be preceded by heavy rain, high tides and big waves.

We are being warned to avoid the coast.

The advice is if you really must go storm watching make sure you keep a safe distance.

Richie Williams from Falmouth Coastguard said: "The coastguard's advice really is simple, don't take any risks, be careful when you're out and about on the coasts, just a small amount of water can sweep you off your feet, and also large waves breaking over harbour walls can carry rocks and debris in the water itself.

"Take extra care, stay well away from cliff edges, harbours and water's edge, and if you see someone in trouble call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

"We do sometimes send our teams out to offer safety advice if we see people taking undue risk so they may well also be busy over this period."

Experts say there are some simple things we can do to make the driving in strong winds safer:

* Keep both hands on the wheel. It's likely you will be blown off course by sudden gusts of wind. The faster you are going the further you will be pushed before you regain control, so keep your speed down and expect to be buffeted on exposed stretches of road or when overtaking lorries or other high sided vehicles.

* If you are being blown around - the chances are other road users will be too. Keep an eye out for people in lorries and caravans or riding motorbikes, mopeds or horses. If you break down, make sure you get out of your car even if you are on the hard shoulder.

* There is likely to be debris covering some back roads - remember that you never know what will be around the next corner. Long hanging branches may not be obvious if it is dark and they are just above the sweep of your headlights.

You can check the latest on weather warnings at the Met Office here.

And from the Environment Agency here.






7:34pm 11th December 2014

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