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WATCH: Rain, lightning and flooding to hit Cornwall

WATCH: Rain, lightning and flooding to hit Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:09pm 10th April 2018. (Updated at 6:16am 11th April 2018)

Another weather warning has gone out for rain for Cornwall, just hours after a different one ended.

The Met Office says we could be hit by torrential downpours on the drive home on Tuesday.

And this time the yellow alert covers the whole of the Duchy.

It is in place from 3pm through until 10pm tonight, and we are being told to expect heavy rain, flooding and lightning.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Heavy showers will develop through Tuesday afternoon, perhaps becoming more persistent in places later.

"Whilst not everywhere will see showers, some places may see 10-15 mm of rain fall within an hour, with 25 mm possibly falling very locally in 3-6 hours.

"As the ground in these areas is already near saturated, this rainfall brings an increased risk of flooding.

"Lightning may be an additional hazard."

What to expect

  • Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer
  • Flooding of a few homes and business is likely
  • Some interruption to power supplies and other services possible
How to drive in heavy rain:

 

  • Firstly, slow down! Reduce your speed and leave more space between you and the vehicle in front as stopping distances in rain are increased 
  • Use dipped headlights so that other drivers can see you more easily
  • Don’t use rear fog lights. They can mask your brake lights and dazzle drivers behind you
  • Look out for large or fast-moving vehicles creating spray which reduces visibility
  • Also remember to keep your air conditioning on, as this will stop your windows from misting up - furthermore, you can read our full advice page on how to demist your windscreen in double-quick time
  • Listen out for local news bulletins to keep up-to-date with road closures, flooding and forecasts
  • If you break down in torrential rain keep the bonnet closed while waiting for help to arrive, to avoid the electrical system getting soaked
  • Driving too fast through standing water could lead to tyres losing contact with the road. If your steering suddenly feels light you could be aquaplaning. To regain grip, ease off the accelerator, do not brake and allow your speed to reduce until you gain full control of the steering again
  • Driving fast through deep water can cause serious and expensive damage
  • Be considerate to other road users and try not to spray pedestrians and cyclists as you drive through water

Source: RAC

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