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VIDEO: Storm Bronagh sweeps into Cornwall

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Published by Emma Carton at 7:06pm 20th September 2018. (Updated at 7:12pm 20th September 2018)

The second named storm of the season, Storm Bronagh, is sweeping into Cornwall.

Gusts of 50mph+ are expected to hit the Duchy through Thursday night and into Friday morning.

Coupled together with bursts of heavy rain, it looks like we are in for a very wet and windy night.

You can track Storm Bronagh's progress below or scroll down to see what we can expect.

The Met Office yellow weather warning will remain in force until 9am on Friday, with more alerts out for the weekend.

What can we expect?

  • Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs or through falling trees and branches, could happen. Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible
  • Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible
  • Some roads and bridges may close
  • Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • Injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties

"An area of strong winds is likely to develop across parts of Wales and southwest England during Thursday evening before spreading further eastwards across England.

"The strongest winds are then expected to clear into the North Sea early on Friday. Most likely is that we will see gusts of 45-50 mph in a few spots inland as well as more widely around exposed coasts.

"However, there is a small chance that stronger winds will develop in some areas with 60-65 mph gusts possible, particularly overnight into Friday across eastern England.

"The strong winds will accompanied by short-lived outbreaks of very heavy rain in places".

Met Office

What are squally winds?

Many areas of Cornwall will experience winds of 30-40mph on Thursday evening but sudden gusts could reach 50mph plus.

What is the advice for drivers?

As Storm Bronagh hits, the RAC has issued the following seven safety tips for driving in strong winds:

  1. Drive Slowly: High winds can get under a car and affect its handling and braking significantly, this will be brought on by strong gusts which could take you by surprise. Slowing down will help anticipate these gusts and will reduce the impact they have on your driving too.

  2. Don't leave yourself exposed: As well as driving fast, areas of the road that are more exposed will leave your vehicles more susceptible to the impact of sudden gusts of wind, prepare yourself when approaching. 

  3. Careful when overtaking: High-sided vehicles in particular can represent a hazard when overtaking. Driving past large vehicles can result in a sudden gust from the side as you clear, so be prepared for this change in how the vehicle may respond and do not attempt the manoeuvre unless you are certain it is safe and you are prepared to do so.

  4. Hold firm: Make sure you hold the steering wheel firmly. Strong winds are not constant; theyโ€™re usually gusty and can catch you off guard, the key is not to grip too tightly, which may restrict your movement or cause you to jerk the wheel, but to maintain a firm grasp so you have as much control over the wheel as possible.

  5. Allow more room: In particular give cyclists, motorcyclists, lorries and buses more room than usual. They get blown around easily by side winds.

  6. Keep an eye out: Keep an eye on what is happening to other vehicles. Spotting when and where other vehicles appear to be blown off course by the wind will give you a pre-warning of the conditions.

  7. More distance: Keep extra distance between you and the car in front โ€“ consider increasing the two-second rule to three seconds.

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

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