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LIVE: Gales and torrential rain batter Cornwall

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Published by Emma Carton at 6:17am 18th December 2018. (Updated at 4:51pm 18th December 2018)

Restrictions are in force on the Tamar Bridge as another winter storm sweeps Cornwall and Devon.

It is closed to vehicles like lorries, caravans and motorbikes as strong winds and downpours hit the south-west.

The Met Office is predicting gusts of up to 65mph on the coasts, already sparking disruption on the trains at Dawlish.

What can we expect?

The Met Office yellow warning for torrential rain will remain in force until 9pm on Tuesday.

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

"Another spell of wet and windy weather is expected on Tuesday when rain will be heavy at times and, given recent wet weather, likely lead to impacts in a few places.

"Over most of Wales, Devon and Cornwall the worst of the weather will have cleared by mid-afternoon whilst further east the worst conditions are likely to be during the afternoon and early evening.

"This wet weather, meanwhile, will be accompanied by windy conditions with gusts in exposed coastal locations around 50-65mph which means that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities may be affected by spray and/or large waves. Inland, gusts will be lower and mainly peak at 40-50 mph".

Met Office

You can check the latest weather warnings here or follow updates on Pirate FM's live blog below...

4:51pm

More flood alerts for Cornwall...

The Environment Agency has issued one for the West Cornwall Rivers.

That means flooding is possible at Lands End, Penzance, Helston, Crowlas, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Portreath and Perranporth.

3:25pm

Flooding on the A38 has now cleared...

Earlier flooding on A38 around Notter Bridge has cleared.

Police advise deep patches of standing water on the road.
2:06pm

Advice for driving in wet weather...

2:00pm

Flooding on the roads...

"Cornwall - Notter. Flooding on A38 around Notter Bridge. Approach with care. Police advise deep patches of standing water on the road".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

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

1:04pm

The latest radar picture from the Met Office...

12:58pm

Flood alert issued...

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the Upper River Tamar, as torrential rain sweeps Cornwall.

"Heavy bands of rain are forecast to impact the area throughout today Tuesday the 18th of December. Strong force 7, locally gale force 8, Southerly winds will focus highest rainfall accumulations over high ground.

"Based on this forecast the rivers are expected to meet Flood Alert criteria today.

"The catchment is already wet and this may result in flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river.

"Scattered showers are forecast tomorrow. This is likely to cause river levels to remain high.

"We have staff in the area checking for and clearing blockages. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update this message as required.

"Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions".

Environment Agency

You can check the latest alerts and warnings for Cornwall here.

12:00pm

The latest picture from the Met Office...

10:23am

The Met Office weather warning...

The yellow warning for torrential rain and winds of up to 65mph will remain in force for Cornwall until 9pm on Tuesday.

We can expect:

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

You can check the latest information for Cornwall here.

9:06am

Police issue a warning to drivers...

8:58am

Flights on hold...

"Lands End Airport. Skybus flights between Land's End Airport and St. Mary's Airport currently on hold due to strong winds and heavy rain".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

8:57am

Rail disruption...

Some CrossCountry services are cancelled due to storm waves hitting the sea wall at Dawlish.

8:42am

The latest weather radar picture for Cornwall...

8:17am

The latest from Kernow Weather Team...

Kernow Weather Team is reporting that gusts could reach up to 72mph in Cornwall and Devon.

8:15am

Ship runs aground off Falmouth...

A cargo ship has grounded off the Cornish coast in stormy conditions.

The Russian vessel, the Kuzma Minin is stranded just metres off Gylly beach in Falmouth.

Read more.

8:00am

Disruption on the roads...

"Perranarworthal - Reports of A39 partially blocked due to fallen tree between A39 (Norway Inn, Perranarworthal) and Forth Coth (Carnon Downs Roundabout, Carnon Downs). Traffic is coping well".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

7:51am

The latest on the rescue...

7:07am

Ferries suspended...

7:03am

Drive to work delays between Cornwall and Devon...

6:58am

The latest picture from the Met Office...

6:46am

Storm downs trees...

Inrix Traffic and Travel is reporting a tree down on the B3280 near Goldsithney.

"Reports of Bosence Road both ways partially blocked due to fallen tree between Long Lane (Goldsithney) and Bunkers Hill (Townshend)".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

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

6:39am

Tamar Bridge update...

"One lane closed and closed to high sided vehicles due to strong winds on A38 on the Tamar Bridge.

"The tidal lane through the centre of the bridge is closed".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

6:36am

Rail disruption:

"Advance Warning - reduced service on CrossCountry between Newton Abbot and Exeter St Davids due to bad weather.

"Tickets being accepted on Great Western Railway services.

"High winds are causing waves to rise above the sea wall at Dawlish, making it unsafe for some trains to run.

"Great Western services remain operational but may be delayed. From 9:30 until 13:30 on 18th December".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

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

6:34am

Disruption on the ferries:

"Waiting times of up to 30 minutes and two ferries running due to high winds slowing ferries on the Torpoint Ferry between Devonport (Devonport) and Torpoint (Torpoint). Expect delays.

"Due to issues with the Plym only two ferries are in service. High wind gusts of around 50mph are slowing the remaining ferries".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

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

6:20am

Closures on the Tamar Bridge:

The Tamar Bridge has been closed to vulnerable vehicles like lorries, caravans and motorbikes, as strong winds and heavy rain batters Cornwall and Devon.

"A38 closed to high sided vehicles due to strong winds on the Tamar Bridge.

"The bridge is closed to high sided vehicles, motorcycles and caravans due to high winds".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

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

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