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LIVE: Storm Ciara batters Cornwall with 80mph gales

LIVE: Storm Ciara batters Cornwall with 80mph gales

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:39am 9th February 2020. (Updated at 6:07pm 10th February 2020)

Archive photo of fallen tree in Cornwall. Credit: Kelly Moralee

Storm Ciara has battered Cornwall with gales of up to 80mph an hour.

The Met Office issued an amber weather warning for the whole of the Duchy until 9pm on Sunday.

That will be replaced by another yellow warning for strong winds for most of Monday.

Flood alerts are also in force for the whole of the Cornish coast, with the winds expected to whip up huge waves.

Highways England and the emergency services issued warnings not to travel, as the gusts sparked widespread disruption.

Fallen trees continued to cause problems on Monday, blocking two stretches of the A390 between Truro and St Austell.

You can keep up-to-date with all the latest updates on Pirate FM's live blog below.

6:07pm

What is in store for tonight?

6:06pm

One of the 'nearly home trees' has reportedly come down...

A Pirate FM listener has told us that one of the 'nearly home trees' just before you enter Cornwall on the A30 has 'snapped in half' in the bad weather.

Laura and Judith say they drove past it on their way back from Heathrow airport earlier today.

4:29pm

The coastguard is warning of 'deadly' coastal conditions...

3:54pm

More problems in St Austell due to fallen power cables...

3:46pm

This could affect journeys this afternoon...

3:11pm

A house has reportedly been struck by lightning in Par...

There is also disruption on the railway line and hundreds of homes are without power...

Read more: https://www.piratefm.co.uk/news/latest-news/3041314/house-struck-by-lightning-near-st-austell/

house struck by lightning in Par
A house has been 'struck by lightning' in Par
2:58pm

Drivers are being urged to stay safe on the roads...

2:38pm

There is disruption on the railway line in Cornwall because of lightning strikes...

2:35pm

It's going to be a wet and windy school run...

1:52pm

More fallen trees...

1:02pm

Another fallen tree...

There are reports of a fallen tree on the A30 eastbound in the Plusha area, near Bodmin

"Reports of fallen tree on A30 Eastbound at B3257 (Bodmin Moor Services). Traffic is coping well.

"Near Plusha Services Petrol Station."

Inrix Traffic and Travel

12:38pm

Police are urging people to stay safe around the coast...

12:35pm

Sea foam at Crooklets Beach in Bude...

12:27pm

It's feeling chilly in the wind today...

12:27pm

There is another fallen tree on the A390...

12:15pm

Wind gusts were recorded at 67mph on Sunday...

12:01pm

Travel warning as heavy rain hits Cornwall:

11:30am

Tragedy in the wake of Storm Ciara:

A man from up country has died after a tree fell on his car during Storm Ciara.

The 58-year-old was travelling on the A33 in Hampshire when the tragic incident happened.

More weather warnings have been issued for Monday, including one for gales of up to 70mph for Cornwall.

Flood alerts are also in force for the whole of our coast, from Land's End to Hartland Point and Land's End to the Rame Peninsula.

You can check the latest alerts here.

10:28am

Flood alerts and warnings after Storm Ciara:

The whole of the Cornish coast remains on flood watch in the wake of Storm Ciara, as a new weather warning goes out.

The Met Office says gales of up to 70mph are set to whip up more monster waves on Monday.

Its latest alert will be in force between 10am and 7pm, after a day of widespread travel disruption.

The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for Land's End to Hartland Point and Land's End to the Rame Peninsula, alongside several flood warnings for Devon.

"High tide levels, along with strong winds generating large waves and some surge may be enough to cause some localised coastal flooding.

"The current forecast conditions, associated with storm Ciara, could result in wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations.

"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 and alerts here.

 

9:58am

Storm Ciara - the latest from the Met Office:

The latest weather warning for strong winds will be in force from 10am - 7pm on Monday.

The Met Office says gales of up to 70mph could batter parts of the Duchy and Devon.

You can check the latest and the full forecast here.

9:36am

Fallen trees in the wake of Storm Ciara:

A fallen tree has closed the A390 near St Austell, in the wake of Storm Ciara.

Inrix Traffic and Travel says it is causing congestion in the area around St Mewan.

The incident sparked long delays on the school-run, as well as for commuters and local buses.

"A390 Penwinnick Road in both directions closed long delays.

"Queueing traffic due to fallen tree between Tregongeeves Lane (St Mewan) and Truro Road (St Austell).

"Congestion to the A3058 heading in and out of St Austell as traffic diverts around the closure".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

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

8:48am

Storm Ciara Travel Disruption:

Pirate FM has received reports of a serious crash on Cornwall's A30.

It is understood to have closed the westbound carriagway, heading towards Carland Cross.

Two vehicles are believed to have been caught in the collision between Mitchell and the roundabout.

"A30 Westbound blocked, stationary traffic due to accident, two vehicles involved from A3076 (Mitchell turn-off, Mitchell) to A39 (Carland Cross, Carland Cross).

"Affecting traffic heading towards Penzance".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

The earlier fallen trees near Trelissick and at Trenance Hill in St Austell have cleared.

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

 

 

8:06am

Storm Ciara sparks power cuts in Cornwall:

More than 500 homes in Cornwall have woken up without power, in the wake of Storm Ciara.

Davidstow is among the worst-hit areas, where over 400 properties had no supply first thing on Monday.

You can check for issues in your area and find out when they will be restored here.

6:33am

Storm Ciara Travel Disruption:

Storm Ciara continues to cause travel disruption on Monday morning.

Fallen trees are causing problems on the A390 between Truro and St Austell.

The stretch at St Mewan is closed because of a fallen tree.

Listeners have told Pirate FM that another is partially blocking the road at Grampound.

Inrix says in St Austell itself, Trenance Hill is blocked due to fallen tree near rail viaduct.

The traffic and travel service is also reporting problems near Trelissick.

"Reports of B3289 partially blocked due to fallen tree from Dicky Lane (Trelissick) to Four Turnings (Feock)".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

In the far west of Cornwall, fallen power cables are causing disruption near Pendeen.

"Reports of North Road partially blocked due to fallen power cables from Pendeen (Newbridge) to Pendeen (Pendeen).

"Affecting traffic between Trewellard and and Newlyn".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

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

6:30am

The latest from the Met Office:

8:58pm

Storm Ciara - the latest from the Met Office:

What weather warnings remain are in force?

The amber weather warning for gales of up to 80mph ends at 9pm on Sunday.

A yellow weather warning for strong winds will be in force until 23.59pm.

Another yellow alert, for gusts of up to 70mph, has been issued for between 10am and 7pm on Monday.

This is what the weather looks like for the rest of Sunday evening...

You can check the latest weather warning information for Cornwall here.

Stay safe folks!

8:44pm

Storm Ciara in Pictures and Video:

Storm Ciara has whipped up some huge waves around the Cornwall coast.

At Portreath...

Beyond the Lens Images snapped these photos at Newquay...

This was the scene at Lizard Point, captured by Lee James Palmer...

James Kitto Photography captured this breathtaking footage at Porthleven...

8:28pm

Storm Ciara Travel Disruption:

Several incidents are affecting the roads as Storm Ciara continues to batter Cornwall.

The B3284 Kenwyn Road at Newmill near Truro remains blocked in both directions.

Another fallen tree has blocked a stretch of Holmbush Road between Downgate and Kelly Bray.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed that at one point on Sunday evening, it was dealing with 82 incidents on our roads.

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

4:55pm

Flood Warnings and Alerts:

Here is a reminder of the flood warnings and alerts in force as high tide approaches.

The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for the whole of the Cornish coast.

Huge waves are expected, as Storm Ciara hits the Duchy with gales of up to 80mph.

'Take immediate action' flood warnings have been issued for the Devon coast, including Lynmouth.

The following flood alerts are now in force for Cornwall:

  • North Cornwall Coast from Land's End to Chapel Porth
  • North Cornwall Coast from Chapel Porth to The Rumps
  • North Cornwall Coast from The Rumps to Harland Point
  • South Cornwall Coast from Land's End to Lizard Point
  • South Cornwall Coast from Lizard Point to Gribbin Head
  • South Cornwall Coast from Gribbin Head to Rame Head

"Flooding is possible for all high tides from the morning of Sunday 9th February until the morning of Tuesday 11th February.

"High water at St Ives on Sunday is at 04:56 and 17:21, Monday at 05:40 and 18:06 and Tuesday at 06:26. Times of high water will vary along the coast.

"Tide levels are now rising towards spring tides which peak on Wednesday 12th February. High tide levels, along with strong winds generating large waves and some surge may be enough to cause some localised coastal flooding.

"The current forecast conditions, associated with Storm Ciara, could result in wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations.

"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 and alerts here.

4:24pm

Storm Ciara - Travel Update:

Restrictions and closures on the Tamar Bridge have been lifted.

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

4:18pm

Power Cuts in Cornwall:

There are reports of a power cut affecting the traffic lights around Threemilestone.

You can check the latest power cuts on Western Power's Power Cuts Map here.

3:51pm

Storm Selfie Warning:

An urgent stay away from the coast alert has been issued as Storm Ciara hits Cornwall.

Coastguards and the RNLI are urging people to steer well clear as high tide approaches.

Pirate FM told you surfing website magicseaweed had predicted 24ft waves around the north coast.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Devon and Cornwall Police and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service have also issued warnings, saying no 'storm selfie' is worth a life.

"Today's a day for staying warm, dry and toasty.

"Please stay well away from cliff edges - they will be slippery and unstable and don't risk your life going near the sea".

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

You can read more safety advice and check the latest flood alerts and warnings for Cornwall here.

3:40pm

Storm Ciara - more heavy rain hits Cornwall:

3:21pm

Storm Ciara Travel Disruption:

Fallen trees and debris are causing problems around Cornwall, including in St Austell.

Crown Road, Whitemoor has been closed because parts of a roof are falling into the road.

The A390 heading out of St Austell has reopened, after being blocked due to a fallen tree.

However the A388 at Kelly Bray is partially blocked because of another fallen tree.

"A388 Launceston Road in both directions partially blocked due to fallen tree at B3257 Station Road. Traffic is coping well".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

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

2:40pm

Storm damage shuts supermarket petrol station in Cornwall:

The petrol station at Camborne Tesco is closed because of storm damage.

Ciara’s strong winds have caused problems with the roof of the forecourt.

Storm Damage to Tesco Petrol Station

Photos show police and a fire engine at the scene on Sunday afternoon.

Storm Damage to Tesco Petrol Station

The entrance and exit are coned off.

A sign outside reads: “Closed due to storm damage”.

1:59pm

Storm Ciara - the latest from the Met Office:

1:40pm

Cornish Pirates and Storm Ciara:

As Storm Ciara hits Cornwall, the Cornish Pirates' stadium passes a second pitch inspection.

They are due to play Doncaster at the Mennaye at 2.30pm on Sunday.

"Please note that with reference to the Cornish Pirates versus Doncaster Knights match scheduled for today (ko 2.30pm), the Mennaye Field has passed the further and antcipated final pitch inspection at 1pm this afternoon. 

"The potential for stronger winds makes it likely that the Newlyn covered end (the Hemingways Stand – where tall trees are located) will be closed off.

"This would be for common sense precautionary reasons, which supporters will hopefully understand".

Cornish Pirates

 

1:01pm

Storm Ciara Road Closure:

A stretch of one of Cornwall's main roads is closed as Storm Ciara hits.

A fallen tree is blocking the A390 out of St Austell.

"A390 Holmbush Road in both directions closed, queueing traffic due to fallen tree from A3082 Par Moor Road to A391 (Pine Lodge traffic lights), near the Garden Centre.

"Affecting traffic between St Austell and Lostwithiel".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

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

12:54pm

Power Cuts across Cornwall:

Storm Ciara has triggered a raft of power cuts around Cornwall.

Homes in the Madron, Marazion, Redruth, Truro, Newquay and Bude areas are without power.

As of 12.45pm, more than 300 properties were cut-off, with supplies in some areas not expected to be restored until 4pm on Sunday.

You can check the latest power cuts on Western Power's Power Cuts Map here.

12:47pm

Storm Ciara: Winds 'expected to get worse'

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has issued another warning as Storm Ciara hits.

They say the gusts are expected to get worse as we go through Sunday afternoon.

Crews have tweeted a fresh alert, saying do not travel unless absolutely necessary!

11:42am

Storm Ciara: Closures on the Tamar Bridge

Highways England has tweeted a warning about restrictions on the Tamar Bridge, as Storm Ciara hits Cornwall.

The bridge is now closed to ALL high-sided vehicles, cars towing trailers, caravans and motorbikes.

You can check the latest restrictions on the Tamar Crossings website here.

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

11:30am

Storm Ciara: Gusts of almost 70mph recorded...

So far!

11:25am

Monster waves recorded off Cornwall:

11:10am

Tamar Bridge Travel Disruption:

On the roads: Restrictions are now in place on the Tamar Bridge due to Storm Ciara.

These apply to vulnerable vehicles such as high-sided vehicles and motorbikes.

Plymouth Citybus is using single-decker buses on routes that use the Tamar Bridge.

A fallen tree is partially blocking the road between Praze and Carnhell Green

In Camborne, Wesley Street is partially blocked because of a fallen roof canopy.

"A3047 Wesley Street northbound partially blocked due to roof canopy near Albert Street. Traffic is coping well".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

On the ferries: Services have been suspended on the King Harry Ferry because of the strong winds.

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

10:32am

Cornish Pirates and Storm Ciara:

The Cornish Pirates have issued a statement ahead of their home game with Doncaster.

The club says the Mennaye has passed an early pitch inspection, but they are keeping an eye.

"Please note that with reference to the Cornish Pirates versus Doncaster Knights match scheduled for today (ko 2.30pm), the Mennaye Field has comfortably passed a further pitch inspection at 10am this morning. 

"We remain very hopeful that the game will be played and in line with protocol a next pitch inspection will take place at 1pm.

"The potential for stronger winds makes it likely that the Newlyn covered end (the Hemingways Stand – where tall trees are located) will be closed off. This would be for common sense precautionary reasons, which supporters will hopefully understand".

Cornish Pirates

10:10am

Storm Ciara in Pictures and Video:

What a difference a day makes on the Cornish coast...

Fierce conditions at Porthkidney...

Mounting waves near St Michael's Mount...

Keep well away from the coast, especially exposed harbours!

10:05am

Storm Warning from Cornwall Council:

9:30am

The latest from the Met Office:

9:14am

Attractions Closed:

The National Trust says attractions across the south-west are closed because of Storm Ciara.

This includes the Lanhydrock Estate...

The advice is to check the National Trust website before making a visit...

9:01am

Power Cuts in Cornwall:

Storm Ciara has sparked power cuts around Cornwall.

Dozens of properties are affected in the Marazion and Cubert are affected.

Western Power says supplies are not likely to be restored until after lunchtime.

You can check the latest power cuts on Western Power's Power Cuts Map.

8:26am

Travel Disruption:

On the roads: The centre lane of the Tamar Bridge is closed to vulnerable vehicles.

Inrix Traffic and Travel says in Devon, the A3072 at Brandis Cornwall is blocked by a fallen tree.

On the trains: CrossCountry Trains are operating a 'severely reduced' service, including in the Westcountry.

Great Western Railway is urging passengers to check before they travel...

On the ferries: All sailings on the St Mawes passenger ferry have been cancelled because of the strong winds.

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

8:20am

Highways England extends warning:

Highways England has extended its warning to drivers to prepared for strong gales that have the potential to disrupt journeys across all regions. 

The Met Office has issued amber warnings for the South East, East, North East, North West, South West and the Midlands for strong gales between 8am and 9pm on Sunday.

Road users, particularly drivers of high-sided HGVs, caravans and motorcycles, are advised to check the weather and driving conditions before setting out on journeys.

They are also urged to pay particular attention to exposed locations such as coastal and high-lying areas and bridges which could be affected by the high winds.

Highways says gusts of 60 to 70mph are likely across many inland areas and around 80mph in exposed coastal areas.

A spell of heavy rain will affect many regions for a time, making driving conditions particularly poor.

“We're encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys and consider if their journey is necessary and can be delayed until conditions improve. If you do intend to travel, then plan your journey and take extra care, allowing more time for your journey. 

“In high winds, there’s a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we'd advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down. 

“Drivers of other vehicles should be aware of sudden gusts of wind which can affect handling and braking, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, and motorbikes plenty of space. In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow signed diversion routes".

Highways England's Head of Road Safety, Richard Leonard

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

8:16am

Winds to reach 85mph?

Kernow Weather Team says Storm Ciara could spark gales of up to 85mph.

The Met Office amber weather warning will be in force until 9pm on Sunday.

7:43am

'Don't travel' warnings as Storm Ciara hits

Highways England has issued a 'Severe Weather Alert' for its entire network.

Drivers are being urged not to head out unless it is absolutely necessary.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has also issued a similar warning, urging people to stay indoors.

Storm Ciara has already sparked travel disruption across the Duchy.

The centre lane of the Tamar Bridge has been closed to vulnerable vehicles.

Some trains between Penzance and Bristol have been cancelled.

All sailings on the St Mawes passenger ferry have been suspended too.

You can check the latest travel advice and alerts here.

7:34am

What flood alerts are in place?

The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for the whole of the Cornish coast.

Huge waves are expected, as Storm Ciara hits the Duchy with gales of up to 80mph.

The following flood alerts are now in force:

  • North Cornwall Coast from Land's End to Chapel Porth
  • North Cornwall Coast from Chapel Porth to The Rumps
  • North Cornwall Coast from The Rumps to Harland Point
  • South Cornwall Coast from Land's End to Lizard Point
  • South Cornwall Coast from Lizard Point to Gribbin Head
  • South Cornwall Coast from Gribbin Head to Rame Head

"Flooding is possible for all high tides from the morning of Sunday 9th February until the morning of Tuesday 11th February.

"High water at St Ives on Sunday is at 04:56 and 17:21, Monday at 05:40 and 18:06 and Tuesday at 06:26. Times of high water will vary along the coast.

"Tide levels are now rising towards spring tides which peak on Wednesday 12th February. High tide levels, along with strong winds generating large waves and some surge may be enough to cause some localised coastal flooding.

"The current forecast conditions, associated with Storm Ciara, could result in wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations.

"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.

6:41am

What weather warnings are in force?

The yellow warning for strong winds will be in force from 00.00am until 23.59pm on Sunday.

The amber warning for strong winds will be in force from 08.00am until 21.00pm on Sunday.

The Met Office says we can expect:

  • Flying debris could lead to Injuries or danger to life
  • Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs expected
  • Longer journey times and cancellations, as road, rail, air and ferry services affected
  • Some roads and bridges closed
  • Power cuts with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • Injuries and danger to life from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties

"Widespread very strong winds will affect much of England and Wales during Sunday.

"Gusts of 60-70 mph will occur widely in inland areas and 70-80 mph along southern and western coasts.

"Heavy rain will accompany the strong winds leading to very poor driving conditions.

"The winds will slowly ease from the north during the latter part of the afternoon and through the evening".

Met Office

You can check the latest weather warnings for Cornwall here.

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