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Police warning as high winds lash Cornwall

Police warning as high winds lash Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 8:24am 10th March 2019. (Updated at 9:06am 10th March 2019)

Devon and Cornwall Police have received 20 calls in just two hours as high winds batter Cornwall.

The force has issued a warning to drivers as gusts of up to 65mph down trees and close roads.

The Met Office yellow warning for gales will remain in force until 11am on Sunday.

Flood alerts have also been issued along the whole of the north Cornwall coast.

How is the weather hitting journeys?

The A374 at Polbathic is shut because of a fallen tree and a diversion is in place near The Halfway House.

A stretch of the main road down to Penryn, between the turning for Mylor Bridge and Church Road, was partially blocked but has since cleared.

You can check the latest incidents affecting your journeys here.

"Devon and Cornwall Police have received multiple calls this morning, from across both counties, re disruption caused due to the high winds being experienced at the moment.

"We have had over 20 reports in the last 2 hours alone, mostly about fallen trees blocking roads, but also other debris causing highway disruption, including a fallen billboard in Plymstock.

"Members of the public are urged to drive with care and vigilance this morning. Please reduce speed and anticipate what obstruction might be around that next bend.

"Please also report traffic issues so that we can assist in clearance as soon as possible.

"Highways England and other partners are working very hard at the moment to keep both counties moving".

Devon and Cornwall Police

Flood alerts have also been issued for the north Cornwall coast, from Land's End to Bude.

"Flooding is possible over the high tide this morning, Sunday.

"Gale force 8 to severe gale force 9 west north-westerly winds and offshore wave heights of 5.7m are forecast to cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations.

"Due to worse than expected conditions, tides could be around 0.4m higher than predicted.

"People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast.

"Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required".

Flood Information Service

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

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