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Gales down trees and cut power in Cornwall

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Published by Emma Carton at 6:55am 7th February 2019. (Updated at 2:23pm 7th February 2019)

Dozens of homes have been left without power and trees are down as gales sweep Cornwall.

Gusts of over 70mph were recorded overnight, with that wind warning out across rush-hour.

There was a big power cut in the Tintagel area in the early hours of Thursday morning.

More than 100 homes in the Fowey area had no supply first thing: Check the latest power cuts

Pirate FM has had reports of difficult driving conditions at Gulval because of strong winds.

Trains are suspended between Calstock and Gunnislake because of a fallen tree on the line.

Inrix Traffic and Travel says a main road at St Blazey is closed because of a fallen tree.

"Prideaux Road in both directions closed due to fallen tree between A390 (St Blazey) and Eden Project (Eden Project)".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

You can check the latest traffic and travel to get you to work safely here.

What does the weather have in store?

The first yellow weather warning is in force until 9am on Thursday.

The Met Office warns the worst is still to come, with even stronger winds forecast on Friday and Saturday.

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

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

"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 what the weather has in store for the rest of the week...

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