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LIVE: 'Storm Deirdre' sweeps across Cornwall

LIVE: 'Storm Deirdre' sweeps across Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 7:55am 15th December 2018. (Updated at 4:57pm 15th December 2018)

Storm Deirdre, named by the Irish Met Office, has swept Cornwall with downpours and strong winds.

A yellow weather warning was issued from 6am until 6pm on Saturday.

The rain caused flash flooding on roads across the Duchy and Devon and forced the Eden Project to close for most of the day.

Flood alerts remain in force for the West Cornwall rivers and you can check the latest here.

Watch how to be prepared for flooding or scroll down to read how Storm Deirdre did her worst.


The evening forecast from the Met Office:

Storm Deirdre has brought strong winds and torrential downpours to Cornwall and Devon, sparking flash flooding on the roads and forcing the Eden Project to close for most of the day.

Drivers are being warned to take extra care on Saturday evening, in case of surface water.

The Met Office yellow weather warning was due to be lifted at 6pm: Check the latest here.

Flood alerts remain in force for the West Cornwall rivers: Check the latest here.

This is the evening forecast...


Eden Project issues update on flooding closure...

The Eden Project is reopening in time for its Christmas show on Saturday evening.

Shadows and Light will go ahead, but not in The Core education building.

The Santa shows are also going ahead but the ice rink will remain closed.

You can read its apology and information on refunds here.


Eden Project closure extended...

The Eden Project will now be closed until 5pm on Saturday after Storm Deirdre sparked flooding.

Bosses say they are continuing to monitor the situation and will post updates to their Facebook page.

Read more.


A useful warning from the Met Office...


The afternoon forecast from the Met Office:


More flooding on the roads...


"Flooding on A38 The Parkway Westbound between A386 Outland Road (Manadon Roundabout) and A3064 (Weston Mill). Approach with care".

Inrix Traffic and Travel


Flooding on the roads...

These are the problems being reported by Inrix Traffic and Travel across Cornwall and Devon.

Keyham: A3064 Wolseley Road in both directions closed due to flooding from Wordsworth Road to B3396 Saltash Road.

Torpoint: Flooding on A374 between A38 (Trerulefoot Roundabout, Trerulefoot) and Sainsbury's (Torpoint). Police confirm the flooding is along the entire stretch with the worst of the flooding near the Millbrook turn-off).

A38: Flooding on A38 between Turfdown Road (Turfdown) and the Bodmin Parkway Train Station Turn off (Glynn).

Stonehouse, Devon: Flooding on Kings Road in both directions from A374 Devonport Hill to Paradise Road.

Plymouth: Flooding on A386 Outland Road around Weston Park Road.

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


The latest from Kernow Weather Team...


Attractions flooded...

The Eden Project has been forced to close because of flooding.

"The Eden Project is closed to visitors until 2pm today (Saturday December 15) due to flood water on the site after very heavy rain earlier.

"Eden apologises to visitors.  Refunds or exchanges will be given to those who have booked.

"Managers are monitoring the situation closely and will update later today with news about re-opening.

"Please check our Facebook page before setting off for the site and for updates".

Eden Project

Read more.


The latest picture from the Met Office...


Police issue flood warning...

Surface water flooding is affecting the A38 in the Glynn Valley.

The A374, between Trerulefoot and Torpoint, is also affected.

"I have been out on a quick patrol this morning and driving conditions are horrendous. The A374 in particular has large amounts of standing water in both directions. Please be careful reduce your speed, put your lights on and be aware of the conditions.

"We have informed Highways, they are currently in situ signing the roads".

Torpoint Police


Ferries cancelled...


The latest from the Met Office...


More flooding on the roads...

"Flooding on A38 between Turfdown Road (Turfdown) and the Bodmin Parkway Train Station Turn off (Glynn). Approach with care".

Inrix Traffic and Travel


Travel Disruption...

"Land's End Airport. No service for Skybus at Land's End Airport due to poor visibility".

Inrix Traffic and Travel


Severe flooding on the roads...

The whole of the A374 between Trerulefoot and Torpoint is affected, according to Inrix Traffic and Travel.

"Flooding on A374 between A38 (Trerulefoot Roundabout, Trerulefoot) and Sainsbury's (Torpoint).

"Police confirm the flooding is along the entire stretch with the worst of the flooding near the Millbrook turn-off".

Inrix Traffic and Travel


The rivers on flood alert...


Flood alert issued...

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the West Cornwall Rivers.

"Flooding is possible for: Lands End, Penzance, Helston, Crowlas, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Portreath and Perranporth. Be prepared".

Environment Agency

You can check the latest here or watch how to be prepared...


Flooding on the roads...

flooding 1

There are reports of flash flooding on Cornwall's roads as 'Storm Deirdre' hits.

Inrix Traffic and Travel is reporting surface water on the A374 near Torpoint.

Kernow Weather Team is warning of problems in the Bissoe Valley and on the A39 near Penryn too.

Read more.


This is the latest weather picture from Kernow Weather Team...


South West Storm Chasers issue warning...

"So firstly, the rain. This will be heavy and persistent for the day, right up until the evening where it then starts to become lighter, and more showery. In the mean time we are expecting a lot of rainfall through the day so flooding is a risk across the south west.

"Coupled with this we have strong to gale force winds to contend with. Starting off from a SE direction before swinging round to the SSW. 40mph to 50mph is quite widely expected, but exposed areas could see gusts of up to 60mph.

"Through the evening and overnight, there will be some clear spells but also those showers as I have already mentioned. Winds will become lighter, and although it will still be a breezy night, we aren't going to see the strong gusts we have had throughout today.

So lots going on today, and disruption to travel and road networks are possible".

South West Storm Chasers


Flooding on the roads...

Kernow Weather Team has already had reports of flooding on the roads around Falmouth and Truro, including the Bissoe Valley.


What can we expect?

The Met Office says winds of up to 60mph could hit exposed coasts.

Forecasters also warn up to 50mm of rain could fall in six - 12 hours.

Storm Deirdre could bring power cuts and cause travel disruption, with the risk of flooding on the roads.

There are currently no flood alerts or warnings in force for Cornwall: Check the latest.


Weather Warning:

The Met Office weather warning for downpours and strong winds is out until 6pm on Saturday.

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