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Partial closures on Tamar Bridge as Storm Brendan hits

Partial closures on Tamar Bridge as Storm Brendan hits

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 3:19pm 13th January 2020. (Updated at 5:16pm 13th January 2020)

Storm Brendan has been causing travel trouble across Cornwall with partial closures on the Tamar Bridge.

The bridge was closed to high-sided vehicles, motorbikes, bicycles, caravans and trailers on Monday afternoon.

Drivers are being urged to take care as gusts of up to 80mph sweep across the Duchy.

It has now been confirmed that the bridge has re-opened as the winds are dropping off but there is still traffic in the area.

But there are reports of fallen trees and hundreds of homes have been left without power.

The yellow weather warning is in force until midnight but it doesn't stop there - as a fresh 12-hour warning will come into force on Tuesday.

The Met Office says there could be further delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport.

"Southwesterly winds are expected to strengthen across much of England and Wales during Tuesday afternoon and evening. 

"Gusts of 40 to 50 mph are expected quite widely inland, with exposed coasts and hills having gusts of around 60 mph, perhaps locally 70 mph. 

"Heavy rain may be an additional hazard in places. Winds will ease from the west during Tuesday night."

Met Office 

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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