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WATCH: Latest severe weather warning for Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:22pm 13th April 2018 (Updated 3:25pm 13th April 2018)

Yet ANOTHER severe weather warning has been issued for the Duchy.

The Met Office put out the yellow alert for torrential downpours on Friday afternoon.

It is expected to kick in from 2pm and last until 9pm on Friday night.

It comes following a string of warnings in recent days, despite the predicted mini heatwave expected to sweep Cornwall next week.

A spokesperson said: "Whilst many parts of southwest England will see a dry day as conditions brighten up through Friday some heavy showers may form.

"Where these do develop some large rainfall totals may fall in a short space of time with 40 mm of rain possible in 2 hours very locally.

"However, even a short distance away only very small rainfall amounts are expected.

"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."

The worst of the rain is likely to hit areas inland, from Taunton to Bodmin.

It comes after three 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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