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Fallen trees and standing water spark warning to drivers

Fallen trees and standing water spark warning to drivers

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:40pm 18th December 2019. (Updated at 6:26pm 18th December 2019)

Drivers are being urged to take care on the journey home amid FIVE days of severe weather warnings for Cornwall. 

Torrential rain and strong winds are sweeping across the Duchy.

A yellow weather warning is currently in force for gales of up to 70mph and lasts through until 3am on Thursday.

There is also a warning out for heavy rain which has been extended to last through until midday on Friday.


Now the Met Office has issued a third alert with more downpours forecast for the whole weekend, from midnight on Saturday through until 11.59pm on Sunday night.

We are being warned that the weather could spark flash flooding, power problems, big waves and treacherous driving conditions.

Three flood alerts have gone out for the Upper River Tamar, Middle River Tamar and River Lynher.

The Environment Agency says there could be 40mm of rain overnight on Wednesday and up to 70mm on Bodmin Moor.

"Driving conditions across the country are horrendous.

"We have reports of flooding, spray and reduced visibility.

"Please take care and drive accordingly.

"Watch out for unexpected gusts."

Kernow Weather Team

Traffic and travel:

There have already been reports of standing water between Penzance and St Just and also across the A30 at Lanivet and Bodmin Moor at Bolventor .

Also on the A30 there are reports of lots of standing water and flooding near Camborne West, there is said to be at least an inch of water.

A tree has reportedly come down near the Water Mill pub in Lelant and also on Laity Lane in Halsetown.

One lane is closed and there heavy traffic due to strong winds on A38 in both directions on the Tamar Bridge. A lane closure is in place in both directions.

Great Western Railway has suspended services between Par and Newquay due to flooding at Roche.

Skybus flights between Newquay Airport and St. Mary's Airport have been cancelled today due to strong winds. Passengers have been moved onto tomorrow's flights from Land's End. 
All remaining Skybus flights between Land's End Airport and St. Mary's Airport have also been cancelled due to strong winds.

All sailings have been cancelled on the St Mawes Passenger Ferry between St Mawes and Falmouth due to adverse weather conditions.

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

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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