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Gales of up to 70mph set to batter Cornwall

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Published by Emma Carton at 10:54am 6th February 2019. (Updated at 8:21am 7th February 2019)

After the snow chaos comes a double weather warning for Cornwall, this time for gales of up to 70mph.

Yellow alerts have been issued, from Wednesday night and into the rush-hour on Thursday.

The second warning for strong winds will last from Friday lunchtime until Saturday evening.

Forecasters say power cuts and travel disruption is likely, along with huge waves on the coasts.

What can we expect?

Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely
Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely
Some short term loss of power and other services is possible
It's possible that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities could be affected by spray and/or large waves

What is forecast for Wednesday/Thursday?

The first yellow weather warning will be in force from 10pm on Wednesday until 9am on Thursday.

"A period of very strong and gusty winds is likely on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

"Strongest winds will be across south-west England and south and west Wales late evening, with gusts of 60 to 70mph on coasts and 50 to 60mph inland.

"Elsewhere winds will be strongest after midnight, with gusts of 60mph on coasts and 50mph inland, before easing during Thursday morning".

Met Office

What is forecast for Friday/Saturday?

The second yellow weather warning will be in force from 12pm on Friday until 6pm on Saturday.

"A deep area of low pressure is expected to track across northern Britain later on Friday and through early Saturday. South-westerly winds will strengthen through Friday.

"Gales will become widespread later on Friday, persisting well into Saturday whilst becoming more westerly.

"Whilst some places may miss the worst of the winds, inland gusts of 50mph are expected quite widely, with some places having gusts in excess of 60mph, more especially across the north of the warning area on Saturday.

"Gusts of up to 70mph are likely around some coasts exposed to the west or south-west.

"Winds will gradually ease on Saturday, with the strongest winds becoming confined to Scotland on Saturday afternoon.

"These winds will lead to large waves affecting coasts and the possibility of waves overtopping some coastal routes, especially in the west and south of the warning area.

"In addition, bands of heavy rain sweeping eastwards on Friday in particular will present an additional hazard".

Met Office

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

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