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WATCH: Hurricane sparks weather warning for Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:34am 13th October 2017. (Updated at 4:04pm 13th October 2017)

A weather warning has been issued for Cornwall as Hurricane Ophelia sweeps the Atlantic.

Forecasters say the aftermath will hit the UK on Monday and could bring gales of up to 80mph.

The Met Office warns huge waves could hit the coast and there is the risk of power cuts and damage to buildings too.

The storms will not be a hurricane when they reach us and Ireland is expected to bear the brunt.

The yellow weather warning for strong winds will be in force from lunchtime on Monday and you can check the latest here.

Posting online, the Met Office says: "A spell of very windy weather is likely on Monday in association with ex-Ophelia.

"Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journeys times and cancellations possible.

"Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

"Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs could happen, perhaps leading to injuries and danger to life from flying debris.

"Coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities may be affected by spray and/or large waves".

The warning has been updated to delay the onset time of the strong winds and increase the likelihood of the event occurring.

The Chief Forecaster's assessment states: "Very strong winds are forecast to affect western parts of the UK during Monday.

"Southerly winds are most likely to gust between 50 and 60 mph across much of the warning area with perhaps gusts of 70 to 80 mph in more exposed parts.

"These strong winds are forecast in association with the northward track of ex-Ophelia across or near to the west of the British Isles.

"Heavy rain is also possible in association with this system with northwestern UK most prone at this stage".

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