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'Don't drive' warning for Cornwall as gales hit

'Don't drive' warning for Cornwall as gales hit

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:53am 2nd November 2019. (Updated at 4:08pm 2nd November 2019)

Highways England has issued a 'don't drive' warning to Cornwall, as the storm hits.

The Met Office had predicted gales of up to 80mph on the coasts.

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

A weather warning for strong winds has been stood down.

However, a separate yellow weather warning for torrential rain remains in force until 23.59pm.

Fallen trees have blocked and closed roads across the Duchy, including stretches of the A30 and the A38.

First thing on Saturday, trains and ferries were cancelled and lane closures were in force on the Tamar Bridge.

"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.

You can keep up-to-date with all the incidents affecting your journeys on Pirate FM's live blog here.

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