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Downpours to hit Cornwall as weather warning goes out

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:44pm 6th December 2018.

Cornwall is set to be battered by heavy downpours as another weather warning goes out.

The Met Office has issued a yellow alert for rain in the Duchy.

It is in place from 1am until 9am on Friday - which could make the drive to work a bit tricky.

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

"Spells of rain, heavy at times and accompanied by windy weather, are likely to produce 20-40 mm of rain over a period of several hours.

"Coming on top of some recent very wet weather, this rain is likely to lead to some temporary flooding impacts before the rain quickly clears early Friday morning."

Met Office

 

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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