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Warning to drivers as downpours and hail hit Cornwall

Warning to drivers as downpours and hail hit Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:49pm 13th November 2019. (Updated at 4:43pm 13th November 2019)

A warning has gone out to drivers as Cornwall is battered by torrential downpours and hail.

The fire service is urging people to take extra care on the roads and allow extras time for journeys.

The Kernow Weather Team says the heavy rain could trigger flooding too.

There is a Met Office yellow weather warning in place for parts of Devon but currently it does not cover the Duchy.

Meantime a flood alert has gone out for the Upper River Tamar.

The Environment Agency says flooding is possible for Bude, Helebridge, Bridgerule, Canworthy Water, Launceston and Yeolmbridge.

People in the affected areas are being advised to take care and monitor the weather conditions.

"The band of persistent heavy rain which fell this afternoon Wednesday 13th November is now clearing the area.

"River levels are rising in response to the rainfall.

"Frequent and sometimes prolonged heavy showers are expected throughout the night and more persistant rain is forecast for tomorrow morning Thursday 14th November, before dying out later in the day.

"Due to recent wet weather and very wet ground, river levels will continue to respond to any further rainfall.

"This may lead to flooding of low lying land overnight tonight and into Thursday."

Environment Agency

What is the weather forecast?

A mostly dry morning with clear spells, but a few showers for coastal locations. During the afternoon, heavy rain will move in from the west, affecting all areas by the evening. Showers pack in behind, accompanied by a strengthening breeze. Maximum temperature 7 °C.

Rain may linger in parts of Gloucester and Wiltshire throughout the night. Elsewhere, mostly dry, but a few showers can be expected almost anywhere. Some localised frost in clear spells. Minimum temperature 1 °C.

A wet day is expected as yesterday?s rain pushes back south towards the region. The rain becomes more fragmented during the afternoon. Remaining chilly. Maximum temperature 8 °C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:
Friday will be mostly cloudy and windy with further showers possible. Saturday and Sunday look like they will be brighter but the cold feel will continue.

Source: Met Office

Advice for driving in heavy rain:

  • Double the distance you leave between your car and the car in front of you, to account for greater stopping distances.
  • Use dipped headlights so that other drivers can see you more easily.
  • 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.
  • Be considerate to other road users and try not to spray pedestrians and cyclists as you drive through water.
  • Look out for large or fast-moving vehicles creating spray which reduces visibility.

Source: Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

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