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WATCH: Severe weather warning for Cornwall

WATCH: Severe weather warning for Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 11:32am 12th April 2018. (Updated at 11:35am 12th April 2018)

Torrential downpours are expected to hit the Duchy as the Met Office issues a severe weather warning.

The forecaster sent out the alert on Thursday morning.

Staff say the bad weather could hit the east of Cornwall in the afternoon, with the yellow warning kicking in from 2pm.

That will remain in force until 9pm, as forecasters warn of problems on our roads and railways.

A spokesperson said: "Heavy thundery showers may break out over parts of western Devon and eastern Cornwall between mid-afternoon and early evening.

"Not everywhere will see the showers, but where they do occur, heavy downpours are possible which may last for an hour or two, giving 20 to 30 mm rain."

They added: "Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services.

"There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

"Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures"

It comes after two earlier weather warnings for rain already this week.

Watch what that yellow weather warning means...

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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