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Flood risk as torrential rain lashes Cornwall's roads

Flood risk as torrential rain lashes Cornwall's roads

Published by Emma Carton at 7:17am 24th September 2019. (Updated at 12:27pm 24th September 2019)

Drivers are being warned to take extra care on Cornwall's roads after a night of torrential rain.

Heavy downpours and strong winds were continuing to batter the Duchy on Tuesday morning.

The Met Office weather warning has since been lifted, but there is still the risk of flooding on the roads.

Crashes were reported during the drive to work, blocking two back roads near Camborne and St Columb Major.

Scroll down to check the full weather forecast and read the RAC's 10 tips for driving in wet and windy weather.

What can we expect?

The Met Office weather warning for heavy rain for areas north of Bodmin has now been lifted.

However, more downpours and strong winds are on the cards on Tuesday evening.

Tuesday:"Heavy and thundery rain accompanied by strong and gusty winds will clear eastwards this morning leaving sunny spells and scattered heavy showers. Clouding over during the afternoon, with rain and strong winds arriving in the west by evening".

Tonight: "Heavy rain and strong winds will spread quickly east this evening, with gales affecting some coastal areas. The wind and rain will ease a little late in the night".

Wednesday: "A cloudy, rather windy start with outbreaks of rain. The rain will ease and turn more showery through the morning, with lighter winds and some bright spells in the afternoon".

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday: "Unsettled, with rain Thursday morning quickly clearing to sunny spells and blustery heavy showers. Windy with further heavy showers on Friday. Isolated showers on Saturday, but turning wet and windy later".

Met Office

You can check the latest weather warnings for Cornwall and the south-west here.

What is the advice for driving in wet and windy weather?

  • Even moderate rain can reduce your ability to see and be seen. A good rule of thumb is ‘if it’s time for your wipers, it’s time to slow down’
  • If heavy downpours are expected, avoid starting your journey until it clears
  • If you can, choose main roads, where you are less likely to be exposed to fallen branches and debris and flooding
  • Use dipped headlights if visibility is seriously reduced
  • Gusts of wind can unsettle vehicles – grip your steering wheel firmly with both hands. This is particularly important when planning to overtake
  • Keep an eye out for gaps between trees, buildings or bridges over a river or railway – these are some of the places you are more likely to be exposed to side winds. Ensure that you maintain enough room either side of your vehicle so you can account for it being blown sideways
  • Roads will be more slippery than usual in wet weather – be sure to give yourself more time to react when approaching a hazard. Increase your following gap to at least four seconds from the moving traffic in front
  • Keep your eyes peeled on the road at all times as spray from other vehicles can suddenly reduce your visibility. Remember it affects others too, so anticipate their actions and be prepared.
  • On flooded roads, think before driving through deep water; don’t stop in standing water, and drive through the highest section of the road slowly. If there is any doubt don’t enter it.
  • Once you have managed to drive through check your brakes and dry them out as quickly as possible – a light touch of the brakes whilst still moving should do the trick.

You can read more advice from the RAC on the Met Office's website here.

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