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WATCH: Weather warning for rain for Cornwall

WATCH: Weather warning for rain for Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:53pm 22nd November 2018. (Updated at 6:40am 23rd November 2018)

A weather warning for heavy rain has gone out for Cornwall.

The Met Office say downpours will hit the Duchy and it could cause flooding.

The yellow warning is in place from 6am on Friday through until 6pm on Saturday.

Up to 50mm of rain could fall in places - especially around the coast and on the moors.

What to expect:

  • Flooding of a few homes and business is likely
  • Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer
  • Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer

"Bands of heavy, at times thundery, showers are expected to affect parts of southwest England from Friday morning until later on Saturday.

"Whilst most areas will see a rather wet spell, not everywhere will see the heaviest downpours.

"Where they do occur, 20-40 mm may fall in 6-12 hours, with perhaps around 50 mm falling in 24 hours - most likely across southeast-facing coasts and moors of Devon and Cornwall.

"Showers may also contain small hail at times."

Met Office

DRIVING IN STORMS, RAIN AND HIGH WINDS

CHOICES AND PLANNING AHEAD

  • Even moderate rain can reduce your ability to see and be seen. A good rule of thumb is ‘if it’s time for your wipers, it’s time to slow down’.
  • If heavy downpours are expected, avoid starting your journey until it clears.
  • If you can, choose main roads, where you are less likely to be exposed to fallen branches and debris and flooding.
  • Use dipped headlights if visibility is seriously reduced.
  • Gusts of wind can unsettle vehicles – grip your steering wheel firmly with both hands. This is particularly important when planning to overtake.
  • Keep an eye out for gaps between trees, buildings or bridges over a river or railway – these are some of the places you are more likely to be exposed to side winds. Ensure that you maintain enough room either side of your vehicle so you can account for it being blown sideways.
  • Roads will be more slippery than usual in wet weather – be sure to give yourself more time to react when approaching a hazard. Increase your following gap to at least four seconds from the moving traffic in front.
  • Keep your eyes peeled on the road at all times as spray from other vehicles can suddenly reduce your visibility. Remember it affects others too, so anticipate their actions and be prepared.

WHAT TO DO WHEN THE ROAD IS FLOODED

  • Never drive through flood water. Just 30cm of water can float an average sized car – less if you have a small car and it’s impossible to tell the depth of wate rjust by looking at it.
  • The number one cause of death during flooding is driving through flood water. Don’t risk it. Turn around and find an alternative route.

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR CYCLISTS, MOTORCYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS

  • Remember to give vulnerable road users including cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians more room than usual. They are more likely to be blown around by side winds – always keep a safe distance.

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