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LIVE: Gales and torrential rain batter Cornwall

LIVE: Gales and torrential rain batter Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 1:02pm 9th November 2018. (Updated at 9:55pm 9th November 2018)

Stormy weather batters Cornwall, as the weather warning for gales and torrential rain continues.

Flood alerts have been issued for rivers across the Duchy and a stretch of the south Cornwall coast, ahead of high tide.

The Met Office warns huge waves driven by strong winds could spill over the tops of sea walls and harbours.

The wild weather has caused major travel disruption on the Tamar Bridge, which was closed to motorbikes and lorries all afternoon.

There is disruption on the main rail line at Dawlish too, with some trains to and from Cornwall delayed, changed or cancelled.

Scroll down to check all the latest wild weather updates on the Pirate FM live blog.



The day yet more stormy weather hit Cornwall:

Gales of up to 70mph and torrential downpours have caused travel disruption across the Duchy, cancelling trains, closing roads, sparking a string of wet weather crashes and downing trees...

tree on car

On the roads: The Tamar Bridge was closed to lorries and motorbikes for several hours, as gusts battered the bridge. A stretch of the A30 near Launceston was shut when a car aquaplaned, came off the road and flipped onto its roof. Flooding blocked the A38 at Bodmin Parkway - with standing water 2ft deep!

On the railways: Huges waves crashed over the sea wall at Dawlish on Friday evening and as of 10pm, the station and main line remained closed.

Flood alerts have been issued for rivers and the whole of the south Cornwall coast, with many to remain in force for Saturday's high tides too.

The Met Office severe weather warning for rain and wind is out until 23.59pm on Friday - stay safe folks!


Dawlish Disruption:

Incredible footage of waves hitting the last train to make it through Dawlish before the line and station were closed.


And on CrossCountry Services at Dawlish...


Disruption at Dawlish:

Great Western Railway issued the following update at 7.15pm on Friday...

And this is what the line is looking like...


Flash Flooding:

Flash flooding on the A38 through the Glynn Valley.

The road is blocked near to the Middle Drift turn-off.

"A38 blocked due to flooding near Middle Drift turn-off.


"Near to the Bodmin Parkway train station turn-off. Traffic is stuck as the road has been engulfed with two feet of standing water".


Inrix Traffic and Travel

Heavy downpours - take care Cornwall!


And in Porthleven...


Storm Safety Warning:

Locals are being urged to stay back from edge, as huge waves hit the Cornish coast.

It has been looking pretty rough out there...


Disruption at Dawlish:

This is what the weather is looking like on the main rail line at Dawlish...

And we are not even at high tide there yet!

Scroll down to check the latest delays, changes and cancellations to trains from and into Cornwall.

Great Western Railway: Delays to services between Plymouth and Penzance and cancellations to services between Newton Abbot and Exeter St Davids. Check the latest.

CrossCountry Trains: Delays to services between Taunton and Penzance and changes to services between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot. Check the latest.


Tamar Bridge:

All restrictions on the Tamar Bridge have now been lifted, however some delays remain on the A38 heading into Cornwall.


Power Cuts in Cornwall:

More than 500 homes are currently without power, as gales and torrential rain batter Cornwall.

222 of those are on the Roseland, but are estimated to be restored by 7pm.

Others could take a couple of hours, according to Western Power...

You can check the latest status updates on its power cuts map here.


In Penzance:



Inrix Traffic and Travel is reporting heavy flooding on the A38. 

It's around the Middle Drift turn off in both directions.

Approach with care is the warning.


On trains:

Bosses are expecting 'fierce' swell on the Dawlish line as we hit high tide.


Rough seas:


Police warning:

The weather is wreaking havoc on the roads.

Police are urging people to be careful after a very busy start to the evening.


In Penzance:



Fallen trees:

Inrix Traffic and Travel is reporting two fallen trees near Downderry.

It's urging drivers to approach with care.

"Reports of fallen tree on B3247 Main Road both ways between Tregunnick Lane (Seaton) and Broads Yard (Downderry).

"Approach with care."


Weather causes rush hour havoc:

A car has just aquaplaned and flipped closing a stretch of the A30.

One man has suffered a minor injury.

Find out more here.

Or you can see how this will affect traffic here.



Tamar Bridge Delays:

Closures remain in place as strong winds and torrential rain hits Cornwall.

The bridge is shut to all vulnerable vehicles, like lorries and motorbikes.

Inrix Traffic and Travel is reporting long delays into Cornwall.

"Long delays and closed to high sided vehicles due to restrictions on A38 on the Tamar Bridge. Congestion to Longbridge Roundabout. Travel time is 30 minutes.

"The tidal flow lane is closed due to high winds. Causing delays on surrounding traffic".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

Diversion: Westbound via the A386 to Tavistock then the A390 to Callington and the A388 to re-join the A38 at pillmere. Eastbound traffic is the same diversion in reverse.


On high tide:


Bodinnick Ferry cancelled:

The Bodinnick car ferry stopped running at lunchtime today due to high winds and adverse sea conditions.

They have no stopped running the passenger ferry service too.


At Fowey Harbour:


RNLI warning:

Ahead of high tide the RNLI are urging people to stay clear of cliff edges and avoid risking it for a storm selfie.

"We don't want to see anybody lose their life just from trying to get a photo, if you want to go out and take photos do it from a safe distance but don't risk your life.

"No selfie is ever worth it."

RNLI spokesman, Steve Instance


On the roads: 

There are reports of queueing traffic due to a fallen tree near Tavistock - Inrix Traffic and Travel updates.

It's on the A386 Plymouth Road Northbound around Pixon Lane.

They are urging drivers to approach with care.


Trains cancelled:

Cross Country trains will not be running from Newton Abbot to Exeter between 3.30pm and 8pm today due to the weather.

A 50mph speed restriction is also in place between Plymouth and Penzance due to high winds.

They have extended it to cover the lines between Taunton and Plymouth to Penzance from 3pm until at least 9 tonight.



Cornwall Fire & Rescue warning:

Advice from our Fire and Rescue service amidst flood alerts is be prepared.

Here are their tips:



  • Move valuables and other items to safety. Place them above the flood level or upstairs
  • Put sandbags at any openings where the water could gain access
  • Turn off gas and electricity
  • Be prepared to evacuate your home or business. Protect yourself, your family and others that need your help
  • Have warm clothing and wellingtons ready
  • Have medication to hand (if needed)
  • Check water/food stocks
  • Co-operate with emergency services and local authorities. For your safety you may be evacuated to an emergency centre


  • Move your car to high ground if possible
  • Remember that floodwater could get into your garage so move any chemicals or fuel to ensure that they do not spill into the floodwater and cause an additional hazard
  • Weigh down any manhole covers with sandbags or heavy objects. These could open during a flood and cause a hazard
  • Close off the flow valves on propane tanks, oil drums, or other fuel containers that supply your home through pipes and fittings
  • Unplug any exterior electrical connections such as outdoor lighting, pond pumps and filters

On the roads:

Inrix Traffic and Travel are reporting 30 minute delays around Saltash.

There is congestion to Manadon Roundabout.

It's due to high sided vehicle restrictions on A38 on the Tamar Bridge.


Police warning:

Police are urging drivers to slow down as driving conditions get worse.


On trains:

Inrix traffic and travel are reporting delays of up to 20 minutes for Great Western Railway lines between Plymouth and Penzance due to high winds.

They're reporting trains are running with speed restrictions because of the bad weather.


Flights cancelled:

This morning's flights to the Isles of Scilly left on time but this afternoon flights have been cancelled or put on hold. 




Tamar Bridge Closures:

You can read more on the travel disruption across Cornwall here.


On the roads:

Inrix Traffic and Travel is reporting sandbags in the carriagway on the A30 at Summercourt.

On the outskirts of Penzance, at Heamoor, a tree has fallen and crashed onto a vehicle.

tree on car

Police have confirmed no-one was inside or injured, adding that Highways are dealing with the incident.

You can read more here or check the latest traffic and travel for Cornwall here.


Disruption at Dawlish:

Great Western Railway has issued the following update...

Great Western Railway’s long-distance services will continue to operate through Dawlish today, but restricted track access means that local stopping services are to be cancelled.

Current weather forecasts suggest a combination of high winds and a higher than normal tide are likely in the Dawlish area between 1830 and 1930 which will affect local stopping services between Newton Abbot and Exeter.

While it is possible this forecast could change, we would encourage customers planning to travel through the area to travel earlier if possible. Customers with reservations for a particular train will be able to travel on trains earlier the day.

Long distance services between Penzance and London Paddington will continue to operate, but journey times may be extended by up to 15 minutes due to speed restrictions put in place.

We would expect trains to run outside this area to continue to run and rail replacement bus services will operate between intermediate stations.

Network Rail will continue to monitoring weather conditions carefully throughout the afternoon, and we will let customers know if the situation changes.

Please travel early: The anticipated heavy rain and high winds may also impact the rail services that GWR is able to operate, potentially leading to longer journey times and further short notice cancellations.

Those with tickets to travel on Friday 8 November will be able to use their tickets to travel on Saturday 9 November; customers with pre-purchased Advance and Off-Peak, and Super Off- Peak tickets will be able to travel on earlier services, and customers who choose not to travel will be entitled to a refund.

You can read more information on GWR's website here.


Disruption on the Tamar Bridge:

Inrix Traffic and Travel is reporting queueing traffic due to restrictions on the Tamar Bridge.

The tidal flow lane is closed due to high winds. 

You can check the latest updates on the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry's website.


Flood alerts:

Flood alerts have been issued for the whole of the south Cornwall coast, ahead of Friday night's and Saturday morning's high tides.

The same goes for the west Cornwall rivers, north Cornwall rivers, upper and middle river Tamar.

You can check the latest flood alerts for Cornwall here.


On the trains:

Closures and restrictions are on the cards for Cornwall's rail link to London.

There are fears of huge waves crashing over the sea wall at Dawlish.

Some CrossCountry services are being cancelled...

You can check the latest information before you travel here.


On the roads:

We are being warned to expect closures and lane restrictions on the Tamar Bridge.

A reduced service is also possible on the Torpoint Ferry as we go through Friday...

You can check the latest updates on the Tamar's website.


The latest from the Met Office:

This is what the weather is looking like across Cornwall - hour by hour...

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