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People urged to stay away from cliffs as Storm Atiyah arrives

People urged to stay away from cliffs as Storm Atiyah arrives

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 9:05am 8th December 2019. (Updated at 2:21pm 8th December 2019)

People are being urged to stay away from cliff tops and coastal paths as Storm Atiyah sweeps across Cornwall.

The first named storm of the season is bringing gales to the Duchy with gusts of up to 70 or 80mph.

The yellow weather warning from the Met Office kicks in at 6pm on Sunday evening and lasts through until 9am on Monday morning.


73mph gusts have already been recorded in west Cornwall.

It could spark travel disruption, power cuts and the risk of flash flooding as the gusts whip up huge waves.

People are also being advised to secure outdoor Christmas decorations as these could blow away in the gales.

What can we expect?

  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely
  • Probably some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer
  • Some short term loss of power and other services is possible
  • It's likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves
  • Some damage to temporary structures is possible.

"Winds will increase throughout the morning as this deep area of low pressure crosses the UK.

"As it makes its journey east this is when we are expecting very strong winds to parts of the south west.

"Winds are expected to gust between 50mph to 60mph inland, and perhaps 60mph to 75mph around some coasts.

"Large coastal waves are also expected so strongly advise to stay clear of cliff tops and coastal paths throughout the day and also tomorrow.

"There is a risk of disruption to many including trees coming down, powercuts, coastal flooding in prone areas and many outside Christmas decorations flying past peoples windows.

"Stay safe everyone as this storm looks set to pack a punch especially for exposed coastal areas and hills."

UK Southwest Storm Chasers Ltd

"A swathe of very strong winds across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with Southwesterly winds later veering Northwesterly, will reach mean speeds of 40 to 50 mph with gusts from 70 to 80mph. 

"Due to a combination of high seas and storm surge, there is a possibility of coastal flooding. 

"It's quite an awkward situation to warn about as there will be two spells of wet and windy weather this weekend, one on Saturday night as an active cold front goes through and then the winds associated with Storm Atiyah on Sunday night through to early Monday.

"The UK Met Office has to manage the shared storm naming but also expectations of weather impacts for its patch. 

"As darkness falls on Sunday, the wind speeds will increase considerably close to 50-60mph from the Southwest(ish) direction before veering to a Northwest early on Monday morning, this is when the gust's could touch 70-80mph, maybe even more in certain areas.

"Gales to severe gales are very likely on Sunday night through to Monday morning.

"The strong winds will continue through Monday daytime at around 30-50mph, then once again increasing for Tuesday afternoon of 50-65mph."

Kernow Weather Team

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