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The warning to drivers for Friday rush hour

The warning to drivers for Friday rush hour

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:00pm 22nd November 2019. (Updated at 5:56pm 22nd November 2019)

Drivers are being urged to take care on the journey home during the Friday rush hour, as a two-day weather warning goes out for Cornwall.

The Duchy is being battered by torrential downpours which could cause disruption to travel and power.

The Met Office alert is in place until 6pm on Saturday evening and forecasters are warning that there could be lots of spray and surface water on the roads.

There were reports of flooding on the A30 at Hayle with one Pirate FM listener describing it as being like a 'river'.

The road between Winnards Perch and Roche was also said to be very flooded.

Three flood alerts remain in force for rivers across Cornwall too.

"Delays due to flooding on A30 in both directions at Hayle near A3074 Nut Lane (St Erth roundabout). Approach with care.

"Slow traffic at Winnards Perch due to flooding on B3274 Victoria Road from A39 (Winnards Perch roundabout, Winnards Perch) to Chapel Road (Roche). Approach with care."

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The railway line between Newquay and Par was also flooded with Great Western Railway suspending some services.

What can we expect from the weather warning?

  • Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely
  • Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer
  • Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer
  • Some interruption to power supplies and other services likely

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.

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

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