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Storm Dennis: Cornwall's warning for gales extended

Storm Dennis: Cornwall's warning for gales extended

Published by Emma Carton at 10:43am 12th February 2020. (Updated at 11:20am 12th February 2020)

The Met Office has extended that double weather warning as Storm Dennis sweeps towards Cornwall.

The alert for gales of up to 70mph will now be in force for most of the day on Saturday and all day on Sunday.

The other warning for heavy rain will now be in force from 12pm on Saturday and last until 9pm on Sunday.

Forecasters say it will not be as bad as Ciara, but flying debris and huge waves could pose a danger to life.

Flooding, damage to buildings, power cuts and travel disruption are on the cards as well.

What can we expect?

Wind:

  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely and there is a chance that some roads and bridges could close.
  • Some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities are likely to be affected by spray and/or large waves
  • There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage

Rain:

  • Homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings
  • 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
  • Possible power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses

"Very strong winds in association with Storm Dennis are expected on Saturday and Sunday across many parts of England and Wales. 

"The strongest winds are likely to be on Saturday afternoon and evening, with a lull overnight, before increasing again during Sunday. 

"Gusts of 50mph are expected widely inland. Around the coasts, especially in the west and south, gusts of 60-70mph are likely. 

"The strong winds will be accompanied by heavy rain at times, leading to particularly poor driving conditions.

"Spells of heavy and prolonged rain are expected to affect parts of England and Wales over the weekend. Around 20-40mm of rain will fall widely with 50-80mm likely across higher ground.

"Over the high ground of Wales and south-west England 100-120 mm of rain is possible in a few locations.

"This rain is expected to fall across areas already wet from recent rainfall".

Met Office

You can check the latest weather warnings for Cornwall here.

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