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UPDATE: Wind warning for the whole of Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:49pm 21st November 2017. (Updated at 5:10pm 22nd November 2017)

A top tourist attraction shuts its doors for the day, as strong winds bear down on Cornwall.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan will remain closed on Wednesday, because of that yellow weather warning.

The alert has been issued for the whole of the Duchy until 7am on Thursday.

The Met Office is predicting gusts of up to 70mph along the coasts, sparking a warning from Coastguards.

A spokesperson for Heligan said: "The Lost Gardens of Heligan are closed on 22nd November due to weather warnings for strong winds.

"The Gardens, the Heligan Kitchen and the Heligan Shop will all be closed but are due to reopen as normal on Thursday 23rd November".

Forecasters say there will be outbreaks of heavy rain and we should expect travel disruption as well.

Sailings on the St Mawes Ferry have been cancelled and the warning is affecting trains, because of the sea wall at Dawlish.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "Strong winds are expected to move east across England and Wales during Wednesday.

"The strongest winds will finally ease from the SE of England around dawn on Thursday.

"Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely whilst outbreaks of rain, occasionally heavy, will add to the difficult travel conditions".

The Chief Forecaster's assessment reads: "Gusts of 65 - 70 mph are expected along exposed coasts and over high ground such as the mountains of Wales, the moors of south-west England and the Pennines. Gusts of 50mph are likely more widely.

"Winds will gradually ease from the west during the night, finally easing from the far SE of England around dawn on Thursday.

"Outbreaks of rain, some of it heavy, will accompany the strong winds and will add to the difficult driving conditions".

It comes just a day after Truro's City of Lights festival announced it was postponing the event because of the stormy weather.

The annual event was due to take place on Wednesday but is being re-arranged for January instead.

Bosses say it would not be safe for the 800 school children taking part and the people attending.

A City of Lights spokesperson said: "With high winds and heavy rain forecast, the Board have taken the decision to postpone City of Lights 2017.

"The event will take place in January 2018 and the date and details will be announced in due course.

"High winds and heavy rain mean that the large lanterns cannot be paraded and there would be an increased risk to the small lanterns.


"This kind of weather also presents a risk to the general public attending and we are keen to avoid any weather-related incidents.

"The Christmas Lights will be turned on at 18.45pm in Victoria Square on 29th November 2017 at the start of the Reindeer Parade.

"We are hugely grateful for all the support for City of Lights from our sponsors, volunteers, schools, businesses, partners, artists and bands and everyone who contributes to making this extraordinary event.

"We look forward to all coming together again in January".

You can check the latest forecast for your area here, check the latest travel for Cornwall or watch what that yellow warning means...




Cross Country trains are a stand on CrossCountry between Plymouth and Newton Abbot due to high winds.

And services are suspended between Plymouth and Newton Abbot due to slippery rails.


A flood alert has gone out for Cornwall

The Environment Agency has issued one for the Upper River Tamar.

Flooding is possible for: Bude, Helebridge, Bridgerule, Canworthy Water and Yeolmbridge.

We're being told to be prepared.

A spokesperson said: "Flooding is possible on Wednesday evening into Thursday morning. 

"Heavy showery rain is forecast during Wednesday evening.

"Expected river levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river and around the bridge at Bridgerule overnight.

"There is a risk of standing water due to leaf debris blocking drains.

"We expect the river to remain high throughout Thursday, although no flooding to properties is currently forecast. 

"Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. 

"We are monitoring river levels and have staff in the area checking for and clearing river blockages.

"This message will be updated if the situation changes."





Power cuts in Truro

There are reports of power cuts in Truro - which officials say should be fixed by 7pm




Reports of a tree down in Camborne...

Reports of fallen tree on B3303 Pendarves Road between Pendarves View (Camborne) and Trethannas Gardens (Praze-an-Beeble).

Approach with care.






Another warning for drivers - this time from Cornwall Fire and Rescue:


Traffic and Travel Update:

There are reports of trees down as strong winds hit Cornwall and a fence down near the Tamar Bridge.

Inrix Traffic and Travel says: "Reports of A374 at Antony partially blocked due to fallen tree around B3247".


Check the latest on that weather warning from the Met Office...


We might be in for some rough weather on Wednesday, but temperatures are up for November.

Check out Bude!


Traffic and Travel Update:

Skybus flights from Newquay and Land's End to the Isles of Scilly are currently on hold because of strong winds.

Sailings on the St Mawes Ferry are cancelled and trains heading out of Cornwall are affected at Dawlish.


Pirate FM's surf guru, Luke Fox, is predicting wild conditions on Wednesday:

"So this extremely strong south-south-westerly wind is playing havoc with the surf conditions.

"We've got a pretty blown out 4ft to 6ft swell along the north coast of Cornwall. Try and get out of that wind and you might find a clean 4ft wave.

"Down on the south coast, there are stormy 6ft swells and it's extremely messy".


Devon and Cornwall Police have tweeted a warning to drivers...


A reminder of what that yellow weather warning means...


Coastguards are warning us not to get too close to harbours and piers...


Here's the latest picture from the Met Office...


Traffic and Travel:

There are changes on the trains and no St Mawes Ferry, because of the weather warning.

You can check the latest at the links below or on Pirate FM's Traffic and Travel pages here.


Here's what the forecast is looking like for Wednesday...


Closures and Cancellations:

The Lost Gardens of Heligan will remain shut on Wednesday, because of the weather warning:

"The Lost Gardens of Heligan are closed tomorrow, 22nd November, due to weather warnings for strong winds.

"The Gardens, the Heligan Kitchen and the Heligan Shop will all be closed but are due to reopen as normal on Thursday 23rd November".

Pirate FM told you Truro's City of Lights has been postponed...

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