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LIVE: Tail end of Storm Diana slams into Cornwall

LIVE: Tail end of Storm Diana slams into Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:30am 29th November 2018. (Updated at 5:26pm 29th November 2018)

The Met Office warns there is the chance of up to 80mph gales as the tail end of Storm Diana hits Cornwall.

A severe weather warning for strong winds will remain in force until 2pm on Thursday.

The Tamar Bridge has been closed to all vulnerable vehicles like caravans and motorbikes.

There is the risk of debris on the roads and flooding on the coast, as the winds whip up huge waves.

You can follow the latest updates on the weather warnings and traffic and travel in our live blog below.


Flood alert out for part of Cornwall...

It is in force the the Upper River Tamar.

Flooding is possible for: Bude, Helebridge, Bridgerule, Canworthy Water and Yeolmbridge.


The strong winds are still affecting Cornwall though...


Fallen tree on rail line in Cornwall...

Great Western Railway service suspended between Par and Newquay - because there is a fallen tree on the line


Weather warning for Cornwall stood down...

The Met Office has updated its yellow weather warning for wind for Thursday - and it no longer includes Cornwall.

The tail end of Storm Diana was bringing wind gusts of up to 60mph to the Duchy until 2pm.

Now forecasters say it has swept through and will only continue to batter further up country and elsewhere in the south west.


What the weather's looking like for the rest of Thursday...


Warning to drivers...

Police are urging drivers to take extra care, after Storm Diana downed trees and flooded roads.

The worst of the wind is dropping, but the weather warning is in force until 2pm on Thursday.


School Closure...

Oaktree School at Threemilestone is closed today. A spokesperson said:

Due to severe weather and damage to school property, we have made the decision to close the for today.

All transport, parents and carers have been notified. 


When the waves creep up behind you...


Surging Seas - But Wind is Dropping...

Surging seas
Surging seas
Surging seas
Surging seas

Power update...

Western Power says it's got most supplies back on around Saltash but should have reconnected everyone by 2pm.

Anyone still without electricity in Redruth should be back up and running by 11am.


Pretty wild in Penzance right now...

waves breaking at penzance


Herland Road is blocked both ways by a fallen tree near Godolphin primary School.

Skybus flights from Land's End airport are on hold.

See the latest travel information here.



What's the rest of today going to be like?

Here's the good news from the Met Office...

The rain quickly clears leaving blustery heavy showers with the gales abating, but it remains windy into the evening. Maximum temperature 14 °C.

Clear spells and frequent blustery showers this evening and overnight, with some of the showers heavy and thundery and mixed with hail. Remaining windy, especially in coastal areas. Minimum temperature 5 °C.



At West Taphouse, the A390 is partially blocked by a fallen tree, both ways at North Hill.

See the latest travel updates on our interactive map here - and hear the latest every 15 minutes on-air here.


Power update...

There are still more than 2,500 places without power across Cornwall at the moment.

Western Power says it's got engineers out battling the winds to restore supplies.

They've got some homes in Penzance reconnected and say the rest should be back on by 10.30, while remaining homes around Saltash should be back on by 09.30,


Gusts of up to 74mph being recorded...

The Isles of Scilly are taking the worst battering - but also touching 60mph on the mainland.

No wonder police are urging us to take care on the drive to work...


How long will the storm last?

There's a yellow weather warning in place, covering Cornwall, until 2pm this afternoon.

That said, looking at the radar, things should calm down as we go through the morning. Winds are dropping (although they will continue to gust up to 35mph through the day) and the rain will ease off.

Typically, however, that will only happen once the school run and drive to work are over.



If you're about to set off for work, it's worth taking two minutes to check the live travel map here.

And listen to Pirate FM on 102.2 and 102.8 FM, on DAB, online and the app - for the most accurate travel information every fifteen minutes.


King Harry Ferry...

The service will resume from 0800 after being temporarily suspended because of the gale force winds.


Trees down across Cornwall...

There's a tree down near St Meriadoc Infants near Camborne. The road is partially closed but the school is still accessible.

Downed tree

Power Cuts...

Updates from Western Power Distribution for some of the thousands without power across Cornwall this morning...

They think they will have the lights back on in Redruth by 0930 and in Penzance at 0800. 


A wet weather warning...


Problems on the trains...

Inrix Traffic and Travel is reporting delays on Great Western Railway and CrossCountry trains between Exeter St Davids and Penzance.

This is due to a speed restriction for high winds.

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


The latest warning from South West Storm Chasers...


Traffic and Travel:

Strong winds are causing problems on the ferries this morning...

There are delays on the Torpoint Ferries two, as the Tamar Bridge is closed to high-sided vehicles.

"Waiting times of up to 45 minutes and two ferries running on Torpoint Ferry between Torpoint and Devonport. Expect delays.

"Tamar bridge is closed to high-sided vehicles which are using the crossing as a diversion route causing extra delays".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

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


Flooding on the roads...

"Cornwall - Lanivet. Reports of A389 both ways just passable due to flooding between A391 (Innis Downs Junction, Lanivet) and Tower Court (Bodmin)".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

You can check how the weather is affecting journeys here.


Major Power Cuts...

Thousands of homes are without power across Cornwall, as the tail end of Storm Diana hits.

Western Power's power cuts map shows more than 1,000 properties are cut-off near Marazion.

Hundreds more are affected near Lanner, Delabole, Bodmin and Landrake.

You can check which areas are worst-hit and when supplies are expected to be restored here.


Storm Diana downs trees...

There are reports of fallen trees at Lelant and Camborne, where one is down near a primary school.

"Mill Hill, Lelant, in both directions blocked due to fallen tree from A3074 to the Watermill pub.

"Rectory Road, northbound, blocked due to fallen tree from Sandfield Crescent to Manor Road. The tree has fallen right outside St Meriadoc primary school".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

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


Traffic and Travel:

The Tamar Bridge is closed to all vulnerable vehicles like caravans and motorbikes, as the tail end of Storm Diana hits.

"A38 in both directions closed to high-sided vehicles due to strong winds on Tamar Bridge".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

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


The latest from the Met Office...

A weather warning for gales, that could reach up to 80mph, is in force until 2pm on Thursday.

The Met Office warns of debris on the roads and possible flooding on the coast as the winds whip up huge waves.

You can check the latest weather warnings for Cornwall here.

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