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LIVE: Storm Atiyah slams Cornwall with '96mph gusts'

LIVE: Storm Atiyah slams Cornwall with '96mph gusts'

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:46am 9th December 2019. (Updated at 9:58am 9th December 2019)

Storm Atiyah wreaks havoc across Cornwall, with gusts of up to 96mph recorded overnight.

The gales downed trees and power lines, leaving hundreds of homes without power in Camborne, Probus and St Ives.

Firefighters issued a 'don't travel unless necessary warning' on Sunday night, after a string of emergency calls.

They included damage to the roof of a supermarket in Bude, where the Crooklets Road remains closed.

The Met Office weather warning for strong winds is in force until 9am on Monday.

You can check the latest updates on Pirate FM's live blog below.


Weather Warning Latest

The yellow weather warning for strong winds, due to Storm Atiyah, has now lifted.

The gales were so strong, they brought down parts of a supermarket roof in Bude.

The Met Office recorded gusts of 73mph at RNAS Culdrose on Sunday night.

However Kernow Weather Team says it recorded gusts as strong as 96mph.

At one point, hundreds of homes around Camborne, Probus and St Ives were left without power.

Whilst the warning has lifted, forecasters are still expecting a blustery day on Monday.

More strong winds could be on the cards later in the week too.

Monday: "After a cloudy and very windy start it will become largely sunny by lunchtime. The winds will ease somewhat, but it will remain breezy, adding to the chilly feel. Maximum temperature 10 °C"

Monday night: "A chilly start to the night with a touch of frost under clear skies. Turning cloudier and windier with some rain in the west by dawn. Minimum temperature -1 °C"

Tuesday: "Tuesday will be a wet and windy day with spells of rain, perhaps heaviest and more persistent later on. Maximum temperature 13 °C"

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday: "Wednesday and Thursday will be cold and windy with showery rain at times whilst the Friday should be drier with easing winds".

Met Office

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


Power Cuts

Homes across Cornwall are still experiencing power cuts in the wake of Storm Atiyah.

At one point on Sunday night, thousands suffered outages around Camborne, Probus and St Ives.

On Monday, dozens are cut off near St Agnes, Maenporth, Tregony, Indian Queens, Millendreath, Downderry and just over the border at Lifton.

You can check which areas are affected and when services are expected to be restored here.


A30 Crash

A casualty has had to be cut free after a crash on the A30 in Cornwall.

A vehicle overturned, blocking the eastbound stretch at Temple.

Police, firefighters and paramedics were all scrambled on Monday morning.

However, Inrix Traffic and Travel says the incident has now cleared.

"Road cleared, overturned vehicle removed on A30 eastbound between Temple Turn-off and Codda (Bolventor/Jamaica Inn).

"Police have confirmed the vehicle has been recovered and road has been reopened".

Devon and Cornwall Police

Many roads across the Duchy and Devon remain closed because of fallen trees in the wake of Storm Atiyah.

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


The top gusts recorded by the Met Office...

Storm Atiyah was pretty powerful!


Traffic and travel latest...

The strong winds sparked by Storm Atiyah are affecting the roads, trains and ferries on Monday morning.

The A30 at Temple and Crooklets Road in Bude remain closed because of a crash and wind damage to a supermarket roof.

The Torpoint Ferry has been reduced to a two-ferry service because of the weather.

There are delays to First Great Western and CrossCountry trains between Penzance and Taunton, due to speed restrictions and fallen trees.

"Delays of up to 20 minutes on Great Western Railway between Penzance and Taunton due to speed restrictions and fallen trees on the line".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

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



Warning to Drivers

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and the council have issued a warning to drivers, as Storm Atiyah continues to batter the Duchy.

We are being urged to watch out for debris on the roads, with reports of trees and power cables down.

The Met Office yellow weather warning for strong winds will remain in force until 9am on Monday morning.

On Sunday night, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were scrambled to a string of emergency incidents.

Those included damage to a supermarket roof in Bude.

"Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service alongside Devon and Cornwall Police and Cornwall Council are currently dealing with a significant number of weather-related incidents across the county.

"There is currently a Yellow Weather Warning for Wind issued by the Met Office and we would advise people to stay indoors and not to travel unless necessary.

"Highways related emergencies can be reported to Cornwall Council on 0300 1234 222, or for the A30/A38 to Highways England on 0300 123 5000.

"If you need an emergency response because, for example, people are in danger you should continue to call 999".

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service


More strong winds recorded...

The Met Office has confirmed 73mph winds were recorded at Culdrose on Sunday night.

However, Kernow Weather Team picked up gusts of 96mph at its station in Illogan.

On Monday morning, the winds are remaining strong.



Supermarket Roof Damaged

The gales sparked by Storm Atiyah were so strong, they have brought down parts of a supermarket roof.

It happened at Sainsbury's in Bude, late on Sunday night.

A cordon is up and Crooklets Road remains closed in both directions for safety reasons.

"Critical Control received a 999 call reporting parts of the roof of Sainsbury's supermarket were becoming detached from the building and falling to the ground. Initially one appliance from Bude Community Fire Station was mobilised, however a second appliance attended to assist with cordoning the area to keep the public safe.

"Cornwall Council Emergency Management are aware of the incident and are assisting the Fire Service.

"Crooklets Road will be closed while the incident is being dealt with. Drivers are advised to avoid the area and residents to remain indoors. Please follow the directions of emergency services.

"UPDATE 22:42: Crews remain on scene and are awaiting the arrival of a Dangerous Structure Engineer. Road closures will remain in place on Crooklets Road for some time.

"UPDATE 04:21: After a review of the incident with Devon and Cornwall Police and Cornwall Council Emergency Management, it has been decided that crews will remain on scene to monitor the building for further structural failure for public safety".

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service


Debris Warning

Drivers are being warned to take extra care because of debris on the roads in the wake of Storm Atiyah.

The winds have downed trees and power cables across the Duchy and Devon.

In Cornwall, the A30 at Temple is blocked after a crash and Crooklets Road in Bude is closed because of damage to a supermarket road.

In Devon, the A377 at Umberleigh is closed in both directions because of a landslip and a fallen tree.

The A377 Union Road at Crediton is also blocked in both directions because of a fallen tree, at Church Street.

The same goes for the A379 at Exminster, again because of a fallen treee.

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


Traffic and Travel Latest

Several main roads in Cornwall are closed, due to crashes and the weather.

The A30 at Temple is blocked in both directions, because of an overturned car.

Firefighters have confirmed one was trapped and is now being treated by paramedics.

"A30 Eastbound blocked due to overturned vehicle between Temple Turn-off (Temple) and Codda (Bolventor/Jamaica Inn, Bolventor). Blocked since around 05:00".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

Crooklets Road in Bude is closed after the gales blew off part of the roof at Sainsbury's.

Firefighters from the town and Launceston were scrambled late on Sunday night.

"Crooklets Road in both directions closed due to unsafe building from Morwenna Terrace to Crooklets.

"Strong winds have destabilised the roof of the Sainsbury's supermarket.

"Police have closed the road off for safety reasons".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

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


Met Office Weather Warning

The Met Office severe weather warning will remain in force until 9am on Monday, bringing:

  • 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.

“Very strong westerly and then north-westerly winds are expected to affect parts of Wales, south-west and southern England during Sunday evening and again during the early hours of Monday, easing soon after dawn.

“Gusts of 50-60 mph are likely inland and 65-75 mph around some coasts.

“The very strong winds will be accompanied by heavy and often squally showers of rain and possibly hail.

“Large coastal waves are also expected”.

Met Office

You can check the latest weather warnings for Cornwall here.

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