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Almost a month's worth of rain is set to lash Cornwall

Almost a month's worth of rain is set to lash Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:35am 16th August 2019. (Updated at 7:17am 16th August 2019)

Almost a month's worth of rain is expected to lash Cornwall as another weather warning hits.

The Met Office has issued a yellow alert for downpours from 8am through until 10pm on Friday.

Up to 80mm of the wet stuff is forecast to fall, nearly reaching the average August rainfall which is 90mm in the south west.

That is along with gales of up to 40mph sweeping across the coast across the day too.

It could spark flash flooding and cause traffic trouble on the drive to and from work.

What to expect:

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

"Rain is expected to become widespread and heavy at times during Friday. 

"Heavy rain may also coincide with peak travel times during the afternoon and early evening leading to difficult driving conditions on major routes. 

"The heaviest rain is most likely over high ground, where some places may see 60-80 mm. 

"Strong winds are also expected with 30-40 mph gusts likely around exposed coasts and hills."

Met Office

Advice for driving in heavy rain:

  • Firstly, slow down! Reduce your speed and leave more space between you and the vehicle in front as stopping distances in rain are increased 
  • Use dipped headlights so that other drivers can see you more easily
  • Don’t use rear fog lights. They can mask your brake lights and dazzle drivers behind you
  • Look out for large or fast-moving vehicles creating spray which reduces visibility
  • Also remember to keep your air conditioning on, as this will stop your windows from misting up - furthermore, you can read our full advice page on how to demist your windscreen in double-quick time
  • Listen out for local news bulletins to keep up-to-date with road closures, flooding and forecasts
  • If you break down in torrential rain keep the bonnet closed while waiting for help to arrive, to avoid the electrical system getting soaked
  • Driving too fast through standing water could lead to tyres losing contact with the road. If your steering suddenly feels light you could be aquaplaning. To regain grip, ease off the accelerator, do not brake and allow your speed to reduce until you gain full control of the steering again
  • Driving fast through deep water can cause serious and expensive damage
  • Be considerate to other road users and try not to spray pedestrians and cyclists as you drive through water

Source: RAC

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