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LIVE: Storm Brendan sweeps into Cornwall

LIVE: Storm Brendan sweeps into Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 7:12am 13th January 2020. (Updated at 5:42am 14th January 2020)

Storm Brendan is set to batter Cornwall with gales of up to 80mph.

The Met Office has issued a double weather warning across the next 48 hours.

Both are for strong winds with the risk of torrential rain.

They will be in force from 10am - 23.59pm on Monday and 12pm - 11.59pm on Tuesday: Check the latest.

A stretch of the south Cornwall coast is on flood alert, from Lizard Point to Gribbin Head: Check the latest.

Drivers are being warned to expect travel disruption, including 'likely lane closures' on the Tamar Bridge.

You can follow all the latest updates on our live blog below.


Coastguard teams are working hard to keep people safe in the stormy weather...


An update from Western Power Distribution...


There is disruption on the trains...


The Tamar Bridge has now reopened...

You can check the latest here.


A string of flood alerts are out for Cornwall...

The Environment Agency says Monday and Tuesday could be affected around high tide because of the stormy conditions.

Alerts are currently in force for:

  • South Cornwall Coast from Lands End to Lizard Point
  • :South Cornwall Coast from Gribbin Head to Rame Head
  • South Cornwall Coast from Rame Head to Plymouth including tidal estuaries

Areas at risk include Mousehole, Newlyn, Penzance, Longrock, Marazion, and Praa Sands, Fowey, Golant, Lostwithiel, Lerryn, Polruan, Polperro, Looe and the Looe Rivers and Seaton, and also Kingsand, Cawsand, Cremyll, Torpoint, Saltash, tidal rivers Tamar and Plym excluding Plymouth Barbican.

"The weather forecast over the next few days is for stormy conditions during a time of spring tides. Expect wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations.

"Please be extra vigilant during Tuesday evening’s high tide. The forecast is for strong, force 8, south westerly winds and offshore wave heights of up to 6m. Expect tides to be around 600mm higher than predicted due to weather conditions.

"People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast."

Environment Agency





Update from Falmouth Coastguard...

“As you might expect, stormy weather brings more challenges and danger in and around our coastal waters.

"Our extra safety warning and informing procedures are put in place so we increase the monitoring of traffic in our waters, setting our systems to track them and their progress.

"We will contact each vessel individually within our areas and ensure they are aware of the weather warnings so they can increase their own safety decisions such as looking out for dragging anchors or heading for a port to shelter from the worst of the storms.

"The wilder the weather, the harder we work to keep everyone as safe as possible."

James Instance, Coastguard Controller at Falmouth


There are long queues approaching the Tamar Bridge - and partial closures are in place...


Police are urging people to drive to the conditions...


This what Storm Brendan is up to right now...


It's a very wet and windy school run out there!


This is the bad weather moving across Cornwall...


There are reports of power cuts across Cornwall...


Rush hour is set to be very wet and windy this evening...


Don’t put yourself in unnecessary danger trying to take ‘storm selfies’...


Fallen tree is St Agnes...


Reports of a fallen tree between Launceston and Callington...


Restrictions on the Tamar Bridge...


Trelissick is closed today and tomorrow...


Drivers are being urged to take extra care on the roads...


People are being urged to take care on the coast path, around harbour walls and promenades...


Wind speeds have now reached 71mph...


Strong winds are due to hit tomorrow as well...


The coastal areas most at risk from overtopping...


Flights have been cancelled...


How strong will the winds be?


Latest wind speeds...

Kernow Weather Team has recorded gusts of 52mph on Monday morning.

However, the Met Office says Storm Brendan could trigger gales of 80mph+


Coastguards and the RNLI issues Storm Brendan safety warning...


Latest weather charts as Storm Brendan approaches...


Disruption on flights to the Isles of Scilly...


Travel warning from police...


Track Storm Brendan...

This is what the weather is looking like, hour-by-hour, as Storm Brendan approaches.


Travel Disruption...

Problems are already being reported on Cornwall's roads as Storm Brendan approaches.

The B3297 is partially blocked because of a two-vehicle crash near The Victoria Inn.

A separate collision is causing tailbacks just over the Tamar Bridge.

Tamar Crossings have also tweeted a warning, telling drivers to expect lane closures on the Tamar Bridge.

All sailings of the St Mawes passenger ferry have been cancelled on Monday, because of the weather.

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


What flood warnings are in force?

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for a stretch of the south Cornwall coast.

This will be in force from Lizard Point to Gribbin Head for the high tides on Monday - Wednesday.

Coastguards have issued a safety warning, urging people to stay away from the coast.

"Flooding is possible over the high tide from Monday morning through to, and including Wednesday mornings high tide.

"High water at Falmouth on Monday 13th January is at 06:47 and 19:13, Tuesday 14th January at 07:34 and 20:00 and Wednesday 15th at 08:24, times of high water will vary along the coast.

"Force 5/6 south westerly winds and offshore wave heights of between 3-6m are forecast to cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal areas.

"Locations particular at risk include Commercial Road Penryn, Trefusis Road Flushing, the A39 at Perranarworthal and the A390 at Tresillian.

"Expect tides to be around 450mm higher than predicted due to weather conditions during Monday evening’s high tide.

"People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast".

Environment Agency

You can check the latest flood warnings for Cornwall here.


What weather warnings are in force?

The Met Office has issued two warnings for strong winds, along with the risk of torrential rain.

The first, for gales of up to 80mph will be in force from 10am - 23.59pm on Monday.

The second, for more gusts, has been issued from 12pm - 23.59pm on Tuesday.

We can expect:

  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport expected, particularly for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges
  • Some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer
  • Coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves
  • Some short term loss of power and other services

"An area of very strong winds will move eastwards across the UK through Monday, clearing eastwards overnight.

"The strongest winds are expected around exposed coasts and hills.

"Here gusts of 60-70 mph are likely, with a few sites perhaps seeing gusts to 80 mph - especially around Irish Sea coasts and around the west coast of Scotland where the strongest winds are most likely.

"Gusts will be lower inland with 45-55 mph likely.

"A narrow band of squally heavy rain moving east, accompanying the strongest winds, may be an additional hazard".

Met Office

You can check the latest Met Office weather warnings here.

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