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Cornwall Mops Up - Again

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7:55am 13th February 2014
(Updated 7:55am 13th February 2014)

As yet another storm sweeps towards Cornwall, the Duchy seizes the chance to mop up.

It is after Wednesday's 70mph and rain.

That tore at Tregadillet school's roof, meaning it will be shut on Thursday for repairs, as well as causing more misery for travellers.

A lightning strike has left around fifty families without water in Newquay.

South West Water says it has got engineers trying to reconnect supplies around Henver Road.

A spokesperson said: "Supplies in this area may be disrupted as we are currently doing urgent repairs following a lightning strike on one of our mains.

"We do not have any timescales at present but have an inspector and repair gang on site trying to restore supplies.

"When the supply is restored there may be a temporary change in the colour of your water but should quickly clear and this can be aided by running the cold water supply at the kitchen sink.

"We would like to thank you for your patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused."

It says it is virtually unheard of for a bolt to hit a mains pipe.

First Great Western urged people thinking of travelling to put off their plans if possible. It said: "We strongly advise customers not to travel unless it is absolutely necessary and to consider alternative routes."

Later on Thursday night another wave of wet and windy weather will arrive.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "A new area of rain will push into the UK from the southwest on Friday morning, moving quickly northeastwards and affecting many parts of England and Wales. Following this rain areas of organised showers will push across Wales and the south of England, adding to the rainfall accumulations.

"With very wet ground conditions in Wales and the south of England and following repeated heavy rainfall events earlier in the week, the public should be aware of the potential for further flooding in places. The rain will clear away from these most sensitive areas during Saturday morning. The impacts from this rainfall may continue on some rivers on subsequent days.   

"Yet another storm is expected to develop near the Azores, then run northeastwards across England and Wales during Friday and into Saturday, before clearing to the northeast. The associated frontal systems will bring spells of heavy and persistent rain, especially across the southern parts of England and Wales as well as further very strong winds.

"There remains some uncertainty in the track and timings of this system, but it seems most likely that further periods of heavy rain will affect much of the UK and in particularly Wales and southern England on Friday and into Saturday."

7:55am 13th February 2014

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