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Cornwall severe weather warning to last FIVE days

Cornwall severe weather warning to last FIVE days

Published by Emma Carton at 11:51am 18th December 2019. (Updated at 5:47pm 18th December 2019)

A severe weather warning has been extended and a new one issued, as torrential rain and strong winds hit Cornwall.

The Met Office had already put out an alert for downpours to last for the whole of Wednesday evening.

That now covers the whole of the Duchy until Friday lunchtime, alongside gales of up to 70mph.

A SECOND warning for heavy rain will be out across the whole weekend too.

Forecasters say the wild weather could cause travel disruption, power cuts, huge waves and flash flooding.#

You can check all the latest traffic and travel updates here.

What weather warnings are in force?

Strong Winds: A yellow weather warning for gales between 2pm on Wednesday and 3am on Thursday.

We can expect:

  • Some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities are likely to be affected by spray and/or large waves, especially for south and southeast facing coastlines.
  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely
  • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely
  • Some short term loss of power and other services is possible

Heavy Rain: The Met Office has extended its first rain warning to cover the whole of Cornwall until 12pm Friday.

We can expect:

  • Homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings, most likely across southwest England and south Wales.
  • Delays or cancellations to train and bus services are possible
  • Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • Some communities may be cut off by flooded roads, most likely across southwest England and south Wales.
  • Possible power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses, most likely across southwest England and south Wales.

Heavy Rain: A NEW warning for heavy rain between 00.00am on Saturday and 23.59pm on Sunday.

We can expect:

  • Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services
  • Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings

What is the full forecast?

"Several periods of heavy rain are likely from Wednesday afternoon until early Friday. 

"30 to 50mm of rain is likely to accumulate quite widely during this time, with 60 to 90mm over some south-facing hills of south-west England and south Wales. 

"Some drier periods are likely in between the spells of rain and the longevity of these is uncertain, but the overall accumulation of rain on saturated ground is likely to lead to flooding in places

"Further spells of heavy rain and showers are possible during Saturday. 

"Whilst amounts of rain are not expected to be particularly large, 10-15mm and perhaps up to 30mm in places, falling onto highly saturated ground makes flooding more probable".

Met Office

You can check the latest weather warnings for Cornwall here or watch how to be prepared...

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