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LIVE: Storm sparks travel chaos in Cornwall

LIVE: Storm sparks travel chaos in Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:17am 2nd November 2019. (Updated at 9:19am 3rd November 2019)

Saturday 2nd November 2019 is the day the #StormWithNoName (trending on social media) caused travel chaos across Cornwall.

Roads across the Duchy were blocked because of fallen trees and flash flooding.

The winds forced early lane closures on the Tamar Bridge and cancelled trains and ferries.

First thing on Saturday morning, Kernow Weather Team recorded gusts of 113mph in Illogan.

Cornwall's wind warning has been stood down, but a rain warning remains in force until 23.59pm.

Flood alerts are also still in force for rivers across Cornwall, along with a flood warning for the River Lynher.

You can check all the updates from the day of destruction on Pirate FM's blog below.

7:59pm

The strongest winds and heaviest downpours across Cornwall...

...and what the weather has in store for Sunday and next week!

What a wet and windy day!

Some of the strongest winds have been recorded in the Duchy.

The Met Office says gusts of 82mph were measured at Culdrose.

However, Kernow Weather Team says it recorded 113mph gusts in Illogan, early on Saturday morning.

As for the wet stuff, Cardinham near Bodmin has seen some of the heaviest rainfall.

There, the Met Office recorded 40mm in some areas in the space of just 24 hours.

Unsettled conditions can still be expected on Sunday, but it is looking much better than Saturday.

Saturday evening and tonight: "Some wet weather will linger through the evening with a few areas seeing showers throughout the night. There is the chance of some drier and clearer weather for a time, particularly in the south".

Sunday: "Sunday will see showers and some longer spells of rain through the day with a few drier and brighter spells in between. Winds will remain strong with coastal gales possible".

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday: "Scattered showers and brighter spells on Monday. A largely dry day Tuesday with sunny spells and winds easing later. Dry and cold to start Wednesday before rain arrives later".

Met Office Forecast

You can check the full forecast for Cornwall and the south-west here.

7:31pm

The weather warnings in force for Cornwall tonight...

After a day of downpours and gales, one weather warning remains in force for Cornwall.

The Met Office yellow warning for torrential rain will be out until 23.59pm on Saturday.

A flood warning is in force for the River Lynher, along with alerts for the West Cornwall Rivers, River Fowey and the Upper, Middle and Lower Tamar.

This is what the weather has in store through Saturday night and the early hours of Sunday...

"A spell of heavy rain is expected to develop across western parts of England and Wales, becoming slow-moving in some areas.

"There remains uncertainty in where the rain becomes prolonged but some locations are likely to see 30-40mm during the day with isolated totals of 60-80mm possible over higher ground of Dartmoor, Exmoor and south Wales.

"Rain is expected to ease through the course of Saturday night".

Met Office

You can check the latest weather warnings for Cornwall here.

5:29pm

Flood warnings and alerts for Cornwall:

A string of flood alerts and one flood warning remain in force for Cornwall on Saturday night.

An 'immediate action' warning is out for the River Lynher, from Berriowbridge to Notter Bridge: Read more.

This was the scene in Bodmin earlier, as torrential rain sparked an urgent flood warning for some areas.

Flood alerts are in force for the West Cornwall Rivers, the River Fowey and the Upper, Middle and Lower Tamar.

"While the overall flood risk is low, heavy rain could lead to river and surface water flooding across parts of south-west of England tonight and tomorrow, with localised flooding possible elsewhere until Monday.

"Rainfall and river levels are being closely monitored.

"People should stay away from full and fast flowing rivers.

"For people in coastal areas, remember to take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades.

"We urge people to stay safe on the coast and warn people against the unnecessary danger of going near rivers that are swollen".

Environment Agency

You can check the latest flood warnings and alerts here.

3:31pm

The latest picture from the Met Office:

The yellow weather warning for strong winds in Cornwall has been stood down.

The warning for torrential rain for areas north of Bodmin remains in force until 23.59pm on Saturday.

Flood alerts remain in force for rivers across Cornwall, along with a flood warning for parts of Bodmin.

You can check the latest weather warnings here.

You can check the latest flooding information here.

3:12pm

Latest weather-related incidents on Cornwall's roads...

A38 at Liskeard: Flooding on A38 Westbound between A390 (Island Shop Junction) and B3254. Traffic is coping well. Approach with care.

A390 at Callington: Flooding on A390 in both directions between A388 (Callington) and turn off to Newbridge (Newbridge). Traffic is coping well. Approach with care.

A3058 at Chapel: Slow traffic on A3058 in both directions between A3059 and A392 West Road. In the roadworks area.
Due to the high winds in the area, the roadworks have been blown into the road.

Seaton: West End Cottages in both directions blocked due to fallen tree between Tregunnick Lane (Seaton) and A387 (Hessenford). Traffic is coping well.

Washaway: Slow traffic due to flooding on B3266 in both directions between Nine Ashes (Washaway) and Hengar Lane (St Tudy). Approach with care.

Lostwithiel: B3268 in both directions blocked due to fallen tree from Couchwell Lane to Bodmin Hill.

Lescrow: Passage Lane in both directions blocked due to fallen tree at Penventinue Lane.

Lelant: Carnsew Road in both directions just passable due to flooding near the Asda.

Minions: Burnt House Road in both directions closed due to fallen tree from Dobwalls (Minions) to Dobwalls (Dobwalls).

Bodmin: Castle Street in both directions closed due to landslip from Cross Lane to Old Callywith Road. Traffic is coping well. A wall has collapsed. 

Porth: Porth Bean Road in both directions blocked due to fallen tree between B3276 Alexandra Road and A3058 Henver Road. Traffic is coping well.

St Mawgan: Road in both directions closed due to fallen tree from A3059 (St Mawgan) to The Smugglers Inn (Tregaswith).

St Columb: Union Hill in both directions partially blocked due to recovery work and fallen tree near Union Square. Traffic is coping well.

Fallen trees on the A38 at Landrake and the A394 at Marazion have been cleared.

You can check the latest incidents on Cornwall's roads here.

3:06pm

Storms leave trail of destruction...

A Cornish weather station that recorded gusts of 113mph on Saturday has suffered damage in the storms.

A fundraiser has been set up to try to help Kernow Weather Team.

You can read more here.

2:28pm

Flood warning from the Environment Agency...

These are the current flood alerts and warnings as torrential rain hits Cornwall:

  • Flood warning: Bodmin Town Leat at Flaxmoor Terrace
  • Flood alert: West Cornwall Rivers
  • Flood alert: Helford and Fal Rivers
  • Flood alert: St Austell and Par Rivers
  • Flood alert: North Cornwall Rivers
  • Flood alert: River Fowey
  • Flood alert: Rivers Looe and Seaton
  • Flood alert: River Lynher
  • Flood alert: Upper, Middle and Lower River Tamar

The flood alerts for the north Cornwall coast, between Land's End and Chapel Porth, Chapel Porth and The Rumps and The Rumps and Hartland Point have been stood down.

You can check the latest warnings for Cornwall here.

1:37pm

Fallen trees and debris across Cornwall:

Torrential rain and gales are making driving conditions across the Duchy very difficult.

Fallen trees, brought down by the winds, have closed and blocked dozens of roads.

Torrential rain is also lashing Cornwall, sparking even more closures.

There are problems on the A38 at Landrake and Liskeard, the A390 at Callington and the A393, Falmouth to Redruth road, near Penryn.

You can check the latest traffic and travel updates for Cornwall here.

1:20pm

Landslide in Bodmin:

This is the scene on a quiet residential street in Bodmin, after a landslide.

A wall in front of a house collapsed into the road on Castle Street.

Police have cordoned off the area.

An urgent flood warning has been issued for other parts of the town, as torrential rain hits Cornwall.

You can read more on this story here.

12:57pm

Stormy scenes on the coast of Cornwall:

At the Minnack Theatre...

At Polzeath...

And then there's the wind damage...

The Met Office weather warning for gales is out until 6pm on Saturday.

The Met Office weather warning for torrential rain for parts of Cornwall is out until 23.59pm on Saturday.

You can check the latest weather warnings here.

12:09pm

The incidents affecting the main roads in Cornwall:

A30 at Lanivet: A30 Eastbound partially blocked, queueing traffic due to fallen tree between A391 (Innis Downs Junction, Lanivet) and A38 (Carminow Cross, Carminnow Cross). Unsure as to which lane is closed.

A38 at Landrake: A38 in both directions partially blocked due to fallen tree near Notter Bridge Garage. Traffic is coping well.

A38 at Liskeard: Flooding on A38 Westbound between A390 (Island Shop Junction) and B3254. Traffic is coping well. Approach with care.

A390 at Callington: Flooding on A390 in both directions between A388 (Callington) and turn off to Newbridge (Newbridge). Traffic is coping well. Approach with care.

A374 at Antony: A374 in both directions partially blocked due to fallen tree between B3247 (Antony) and Pengelly Lane (Torpoint). Awaiting for highways to attend to remove the tree.

A393, Falmouth to Redruth: A393 in both directions closed due to fallen tree between A39 (Treluswell Roundabout, Higher Treluswell) and Pelean Cross (Ponsanooth). Traffic is coping well.

Roads across the Duchy have been closed or blocked due to fallen trees and flash flooding.

You can check the up-to-date traffic and travel information for Cornwall here.

12:03pm

The latest wind gusts recorded around Cornwall...

12:03pm

And the scene at Mullion...

12:02pm

Huge waves around the coast of Cornwall:

This was the scene in Porthleven on Saturday morning, as the gales whip up huge waves.

The Met Office was predicting winds of up to 80mph, with a possible danger to life.

However first thing, Kernow Weather Team recorded gusts of 113mph in Illogan.

11:26am

The latest update from the Met Office:

11:25am

Cancellations on the trains in Cornwall:

Great Western Railway has posted the following update, as fallen trees affect services:

Due to severe weather between Plymouth and Penzance some lines are blocked.

Impact: Train services running to and from these stations may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until 14:00 02/11.

Customer Advice: Owing to poor weather conditions several trees have fallen on the railway line which means that train services between Plymouth and Penzance are being disrupted.

The poor conditions mean that it is taking longer than usual for staff to reach the various locations and remove the trees.

Customers for tickets for travel today, Saturday 02 November, may use them tomorrow, Sunday 03 November:

  • First Kernow route A17: Penzance (Station) - St Erth (Station) - Lelant (Village Hall) - Carbis Bay (Boskerris Road) - St Ives.
  • First Kernow route T1: Penzance (Station) - St Erth (Station) - Hayle - Camborne (Bus Station) - Redruth (Station) - Truro.
  • First Kernow route T2: St Ives (Bus Station) - Carbis Bay - Lelant - Hayle - Camborne (Bus Station) - Redruth (Station) - Truro.
  • First Kernow route 27: Truro (Bus Station) - St Austell (Station) - Bugle (The Square) - Roche - Bodmin, First Kernow route U1: Truro (Bus Station) - Penryn (Station) - Falmouth (The Moor)
  • First Kernow route U2: Redruth (Station) - Penryn (Station) - Falmouth (The Moor) are conveying passengers via any reasonable route until further notice.

You can check the latest incidents affecting GWR services here.

11:02am

The latest incidents affecting journeys in Cornwall and Devon?

Tavistock: Pixon Lane both ways partially blocked due to fallen tree and flooding between A386 Plymouth Road and Whitchurch Road. Traffic is coping well.

A393 near Penryn: A393 both ways closed due to fallen tree between A39 (Treluswell Roundabout, Higher Treluswell) and Pelean Cross (Ponsanooth). Traffic is coping well.

Seaton: West End Cottages both ways blocked due to fallen tree between Tregunnick Lane (Seaton) and A387 (Hessenford). Traffic is coping well.

Washaway: Slow traffic due to flooding on B3266 both ways between Nine Ashes (Washaway) and Hengar Lane (St Tudy). Approach with care.

Newquay: Reports of accident on A3075 near A392 Trevemper Road. Traffic is coping well.

Argal: Penwarne Road both ways partially blocked due to fallen tree between No Man's Land Road (Argal) and Sampys Hill (Mawnan Smith). Traffic is coping well. Approach with care.

Porth: Porth Bean Road both ways blocked due to fallen tree between B3276 Alexandra Road and A3058 Henver Road. Traffic is coping well.

A30 at Lanivet: A30 Eastbound partially blocked, heavy traffic due to fallen tree between A391 (Innis Downs Junction, Lanivet) and A38 (Carminow Cross, Carminnow Cross). Unsure as to which lane is closed.

A38 at Liskeard: Flooding on A38 Westbound between A390 (Island Shop Junction) and B3254. Traffic is coping well. Approach with care.

Coads Green: B3257 both ways blocked due to fallen tree between Oakfield (Coads Green) and A30 (Bodmin Moor Services, Plusha). Traffic is coping well.

You can check all the weather-related incidents on Cornwall's roads here.

 

 

10:25am

Police issue urgent warning to drivers in Cornwall:

10:22am

Flood warnings and alerts for Cornwall:

An urgent flood warning has been issued for parts of Bodmin, as torrential rain hits Cornwall.

The Environment Agency says levels in The Leat are rising, causing overtopping.

Residents living in the Flaxton Terrace area are being urged to take action: Read more.

A string of flood alerts are also in force for rivers from Penzance to Bude and the north Cornwall coast.

"Flooding is possible over the high tide on Saturday morning. High water at St Ives is at 8:12, times of high water will vary along the coast.

"High tides together with strong Force 9 westerly winds and large waves in the excess of 8m are forecast.

"This combined with a large surge will lead to higher than predicted tide levels.

"This may cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations.

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

Environment Agency

You can check the latest flood warnings and alerts for Cornwall here.

9:40am

Latest traffic and travel updates for Cornwall:

Lelant: The B3301, Carnsew Road, both ways just passable due to flooding near the Asda.

Lanner: Pennance Road both ways blocked due to fallen tree from A393 Lanner Hill (Lanner) to B3298 Church Street (Carharrack). Traffic is coping well.

Tregullow: B3298 both ways closed, slow traffic due to fallen tree from Telegraph Hill (Tregullow) to turn off towards A30 (Scorrier).

The A38 at Landrake, the A30 eastbound at Bodmin and the A387 at Sandplace are blocked because of fallen trees.

You can check the latest traffic and travel for Cornwall here.

 

 

9:12am

Power cuts across Cornwall:

Power cuts are being reported across Cornwall, as the gales bring down trees and power lines.

At one point on Saturday morning, more than 4,000 homes were without power.

Problems are being reported from St Just to Bude, with major outages around the Penzance area.

Western Power is estimating that supplies will be restored by 2pm on Saturday.

You can check the latest power cuts affecting your area here.

9:05am

Problems on the trains and ferries in Cornwall:

The gales have sparked cancellations on the trains and ferries across Cornwall.

Services on the St Mawes passenger ferry are suspended due to high winds.

The Torpoint Ferries were suspended first thing on Saturday, but have since started running again.

Great Western Railway is running a reduced service between Penzance and St Erth, because of a fallen tree on the line.

 

Long-term problems are also being causing cancellations on the Newquay to Par branch line.

"Replacement bus service running on Great Western Railway between Newquay and Par due to urgent repairs to the railway. Tickets being accepted on local bus routes.

"Subsidence is affecting the railway between Par and Luxulyan. A normal service is expected to resume on Wednesday November 6th".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

You can check the latest traffic and travel for Cornwall here.

8:43am

Warning to drivers as monster gusts hit Cornwall:

The Met Office weather warning for strong winds is for gales of up to 80mph on the coasts.

However, Kernow Weather Team recorded gusts of 113mph in Illogan, first thing on Saturday.

Fallen trees have closed and blocked roads across Cornwall, as well as cancelling trains and ferries.

Highways England has issued a 'don't drive' warning across the day.

"Drivers in the south west of England are being advised to check the weather forecast and road conditions before they travel tomorrow morning (Saturday 2 November 2019) as strong winds are forecast from 3am until midday.

"Highways England are working closely with the Met Office in monitoring the weather conditions. As a result, Highways England have issued a severe weather alert for gales with the likelihood of disruption on roads in the region.

"Road users are advised to take extra care when travelling and consider whether their journey is necessary before setting out, particularly if they are driving a high-sided vehicle or they are travelling via a major bridge, such as the Severn or Tamar bridges.

"If the journey is essential, drivers should allow plenty of extra time and check the latest weather forecast and road conditions before setting out".

Highways England

Up-to-date information on is available at www.trafficengland.com, by following @HighwaysSWEST on Twitter or by calling the 24/7 Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000.

8:30am

What incidents are affecting Cornwall's roads?

A38 Tamar Bridge: One lane closed due to strong winds on A38 on Tamar Bridge. The middle lane is closed due to high winds: Read more.

A38 at Landrake: A38 in both directions partially blocked due to fallen tree near Notter Bridge Garage. Traffic is coping well.

A30 at Bodmin: One lane closed due to fallen tree on A30 Eastbound between A391 (Innis Downs Junction) and A38 (Carminow Cross).

Antony: A374 in both directions partially blocked due to fallen tree between B3247 (Antony) and Pengelly Lane (Torpoint). Awaiting for highways to attend to remove the tree.

Sandplace: A387 in both directions blocked due to fallen tree from B3254 (Sandplace) to B3252 (Morval).

Lescrow: Passage Lane in both directions blocked due to fallen tree at Penventinue Lane.

Marazion: Heavy traffic due to fallen tree on A394 in both directions between B3280 and A30 (Newtown roundabout).

Chapel: Heavy traffic on A3058 in both directions between A3059 and A392 West Road. In the roadworks area.
Due to the high winds in the area, the roadworks have been blown into the road.

Lostwithiel: B3268 in both directions blocked due to fallen tree from Couchwell Lane to Bodmin Hill.

Camborne: Station Hill partially blocked due to fallen tree between Barripper Road (Camborne) and B3280 Praze Road (Praze). Traffic is coping well. Approach with care. Two trees have fallen and are awaiting to be removed. 

Bodmin: Castle Street in both directions closed due to landslip from Cross Lane to Old Callywith Road. Traffic is coping well.

St Mawgan: Road in both directions closed due to fallen tree from A3059 (St Mawgan) to The Smugglers Inn (Tregaswith).

You can check the latest incidents on Cornwall's roads, from Inrix Traffic and Travel, here.

8:25am

What weather warnings are in force?

The Met Office has issued two weather warnings for torrential rain and gales of up to 80mph.

The yellow weather warning for strong winds is out until 6pm on Saturday: Read more.

The yellow weather warning for torrential rain is out for areas north and east of Newquay until 23.59pm on Saturday: Read more.

Forecasters say huge waves and flying debris could pose a danger to life.

"An area of low pressure is expected to bring a spell of strong winds and heavy rain to southern England and south Wales on Saturday.

"Gusts of 55-60mph are likely inland with gusts of 60-70mph around and just inland of south and west facing coasts and over hills.

"The strongest gusts are most likely across coastal south-west England and towards Hampshire/Isle of Wight where isolated gusts of up to 80mph are possible in a few locations during the morning.

"These winds will bring some very large waves to exposed coasts of southwest England with some dangerous conditions possible here.

"Winds are expected to slowly ease from the west during the afternoon".

Met Office

You can check the latest weather warnings here.

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