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WATCH: A severe weather warning for Cornwall

WATCH: A severe weather warning for Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:35pm 12th February 2018. (Updated at 6:10pm 12th February 2018)

First snow, now a severe weather warning has been issued for Cornwall for gales of up to 70mph.

The Met Office yellow alert is also predicting torrential downpours to hit the Duchy from the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Forecasters say 20mm of heavy rain could fall in as little as two hours, which could spark flooding on some roads.

The Met Office said: "Heavy rain and some very strong winds are expected early on Tuesday morning.

"Some delays to road, rail and ferry transport are likely, including for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges.

"Spray and some flooding on roads will probably make journey times longer".

The Chief Forecaster said: "A band of heavy rain, along with the possibility of hail and some hill snow, will move eastwards across Wales and southwest England early on Tuesday morning.

"20mm of rain is possible within 2-3 hours in some places, sufficient to cause some flooding of roads.

"It will also be very windy, with the southerly wind expected to gust 50-60 mph widely and as high as 65-70 mph along some exposed coasts and over high ground.

"After a brief lull in winds, strong northerlies will follow with 55-65 mph possible across northwest Wales".

The yellow alert for heavy rain and strong winds will be in force from 2am until 10am on Tuesday.

You can check the latest weather warnings here or watch what that yellow alert means...


Meantime, the Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the Upper River Tamar.

It means flooding is possible in Bude, Helebridge, Bridgerule, Canworthy Water and Yeolmbridge in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

A spokesperson said: "Heavy rain is forecast between 1am and 6am on Tuesday morning which is predicted to cause river levels to rise quickly and possibly reach flood alert level. 

"This may result in flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river.

"The main areas of concern are Tamarstone to Druxton Bridge, including Boyton and Bridgerule.

"The rain is forecast to move through the area by 6am, this will be followed by heavy showers on Tuesday morning.

"We expect river levels to remain high throughout Tuesday.

"Further heavy rain is forecast on Wednesday 14th February which may lead to further flood alerts being issued, however, no flooding to properties is currently forecast."

They added: "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 blockages."

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