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Car flips over as big hail storm hits Newquay

Car flips over as big hail storm hits Newquay

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:44pm 18th October 2019. (Updated at 1:53pm 18th October 2019)

A car has flipped over in Newquay after a big hail storm hit.

There have been reports of flash flooding as torrential rain sweeps Cornwall and Devon.

South West Storm Chasers has posted a warning for more downpours and possible lightning strikes.

There are no official weather warnings in force, however the Met Office is predicting a wet day with gales on the coasts.

Now police from the Newquay area have tweeted a warning to drivers after one car was left on its side.

The crash happened on the A3058 on Friday morning, not far from Dairyland.

"Please take the weather conditions into consideration on the roads today. Windy, wet and sometimes icy."

Newquay Police E Section Response

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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