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LIVE: Gales and torrential rain as Storm Dennis hits

LIVE: Gales and torrential rain as Storm Dennis hits

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:12am 15th February 2020. (Updated at 8:31am 16th February 2020)

Archive photo of storm waves at Mousehole. Credit: Abdel Bakrim

Just a week after Storm Ciara left a trail of destruction across Cornwall, Storm Dennis sweeps in.

The Met Office has issued a double weather warning for the Duchy over the weekend, for gales and torrential rain.

Flood alerts are also in place from Penzance to Bude, as well as several flood warnings over the border in Devon.

The wild weather is causing travel disruption across the region, including flooding, fallen trees and a landslip on the A30.

You can check all the latest updates, including any issues that might affect journeys, on Pirate FM's live blog below.

8:31am

Storm Dennis - Day Two:

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8:29am

What weather warnings remain in force?

The Met Office has issued the following severe weather warnings for Cornwall and Devon.

Strong Winds: A yellow weather warning will be in force from 10am on Saturday until 12pm on Sunday.

Heavy Rain: A yellow warning will be in force for Cornwall from 12pm on Saturday until 9pm on Sunday.

Heavy Rain: A yellow warning will be in force for parts of Devon from 12pm on Saturday until 3pm on Sunday.

'Immediate action' flood warnings have also been issued across Cornwall and Devon, including for parts of the River Lynher and River Tamar.

Alerts are also in force for rivers from Penzance to Bude.

You can check the latest weather warnings for Cornwall here.

You can check the latest flood warnings for Cornwall here.

8:51pm

What's in store overnight?

8:13pm

New 'immediate action' flood warning issued...

A flood Warning is in force for the River Tamar - from Greystone Bridge to Cotehele excluding Calstock. 

Flooding is expected for: River Tamar from Greystone Bridge to Cotehele Quay, including Gunnislake, Morwellham Quay and Cotehele. 

"Flooding is expected on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

"Heavy rain which fell earlier today has caused the River Tamar to rise. Further heavy rain is forecast later tonight and throughout Sunday morning. 

"Properties and low lying areas around Bradstone Mill and Tutwell are at risk from immediate flooding. Gunnislake,

"Morwellham Power Station and Cotehele will start to flood from around 10:00pm tonight. 

"River levels will rise further in response to more heavy rain later tonight. River levels will be at their highest between 4am and 8am Sunday morning 16th February.

"Flood waters may be deep and fast flowing in these areas. Residents are strongly urged to take action now. Remain safe and be aware of your local surroundings."

Environment Agency

8:10pm

There is flooding on the B3303 near Camborne...

8:07pm

Stormy seas in St Agnes...

7:13pm

The scene in Newquay where there has been a rock fall...

You can read more about what's happened at Great Western here.

Great western rock fall newquay
6:37pm

Reports of debris on the A39 in north Cornwall...

Reports of debris on road on A39 at Trewassa, near the A395.

Multiple reports of large rocks in the road.

6:03pm

Photos of the rock fall at Great Western beach in Newquay...

5:54pm

The latest from the Met Office...

5:43pm

There are reports of a rock fall at the bottom of Great Western beach in Newquay...

5:41pm

A30 blocked just over the Cornwall border...

A fallen tree has blocked the A30 westbound at Sourton Cross.

It is affecting anyone heading towards the Duchy.

 

5:29pm

Update for people travelling over the Tamar Bridge...

5:26pm

'Immediate action' flood warning issued for the River Lynher...

4:54pm

Will Storm Dennis affect my journey?

The gales and heavy rain continue to spark travel disruption across Cornwall and Devon.

Flooding, fallen trees and even a landslip have caused problems on the A30.

The gales have sparked restrictions on the Tamar Bridge, which is closed to high-sided vehicles.

Inrix Traffic and Travel is reporting the following incidents in Cornwall:

A30 near Catchall: "A30 in both directions blocked, slow traffic due to fallen tree between Catchall (Catchall) and turn-off for Cardinney Caravan and Camping Park (Crows-an-wra)".

A390 at Tresillian: "A390 in both directions just passable, slow traffic due to flooding near Holy Trinity Church".

A3078 at Tregony: "A3078 in both directions partially blocked due to fallen tree near Tregony Bridge. Traffic is coping well".

Higher Trezaise: "Flooding on B3274 Edgcumbe Road between Combellack Recyclers (Higher Trezaise) and Harmony Road (Roche). Traffic is coping well".

Wadebridge: "Egloshayle "Road in both directions blocked due to fallen tree between Molesworth Street (Wadebridge) and A389 (Egloshayle). Traffic is coping well".

Bugle: "Heavy traffic due to flooding on Higher Bugle in both directions around Bugle. Approach with care. Road is passable with care".

Lerryn: "Road in both directions blocked due to flooding and Impassable between near turning for Lostwithiel (Lerryn) and Lanwithan Road (Lostwithiel). Flooding near to Tredethick".

Porthleven: "Loe Bar Road in both directions closed due to fallen power cables near Pendrea Hotel. Traffic is coping well".

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

4:37pm

Storm Dennis in pictures and video:

At Portreath...

And again...

At Rinsey Head...

At Towan in Newquay...

If you have any photos or videos of Storm Dennis, you can send them at the link at the bottom of the blog.

4:15pm

The top wind gusts as Storm Dennis batters Britain...

And two were recorded in Cornwall!

3:29pm

Storm Dennis: Two die in the sea in Kent

Tragic news has emerged as Storm Dennis batters Cornwall and the UK.

Sky News reports that two people have died in the sea in Kent.

It is understood one was a teenager who had got into difficulty off the coast.

You can read the full story here.

2:59pm

Storm Dennis: The latest from the Met Office:

2:25pm

Storm Dennis: Landslip on the A30

The gales and heavy rain continue to spark travel disruption across Cornwall.

There are big problems on the A30 due to flash flooding, fallen trees and a landslip.

That is partially blocking the road over the Cornwall border at Sourton.

"A30 Westbound partially blocked, slow traffic due to landslip from A386 (Sourton Cross, Sourton Down) to A30 (Stowford Cross, Broadwoodwidger).

"Two earlier fallen trees were cleared early afternoon".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

Scroll down to check the full list of incidents affecting the roads in the Duchy and Devon.

Inrix Traffic and Travel is reporting the following incidents in Cornwall:

A30 at Lockengate: "One lane closed due to flooding on A30 Westbound from A391 (Innis Downs Junction, Lockengate) to A39 (Indian Queens, Fraddon). Traffic is coping well. Affecting traffic from Bodmin to Toldish. Lane one (of two) is closed. Also reports of debris on the carriageway".

A30 at Fraddon: "Surface water on A30 in both directions between A39 (Indian Queens, Fraddon) and A30 (Summercourt Central/Newquay turn-off, Summercourt). Approach with care".

A30 at Buryas Bridge: "A30 in both directions blocked, heavy traffic due to fallen tree between B3317 (Buryas Bridge) and Bolankan bandb (Crows-an-wra)".

A390 at Tresillian: "Slow traffic due to flooding on A390 in both directions near Holy Trinity Church. Approach with care. Road is passable with care".

Higher Trezaise: "Flooding on B3274 Edgcumbe Road between Combellack Recyclers (Higher Trezaise) and Harmony Road (Roche). Traffic is coping well".

Bugle: "Heavy traffic due to flooding on Higher Bugle in both directions around Bugle. Approach with care. Road is passable with care".

Porthleven: "Reports of Loe Bar Road both ways closed due to power lines that have come down on road near Pendrea Hotel. Traffic is coping well".

Restrictions have now also been imposed on the Tamar Bridge, to vulernable and high-sided vehicles.

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

2:00pm

More flood alerts issued as Storm Dennis hits Cornwall:

Rivers across Cornwall are on flood watch as Storm Dennis does its worst.

Alerts have been issued from Penzance to Bude as torrential rain hits the Duchy.

Roads have been flooded, including stretches of the A30 at Fraddon and Lockengate.

The Met Office yellow alert for downpours will remain in force until 9pm on Sunday.

It comes just a week after Storm Ciara left the ground well and truly saturated.

The Environment Agency has issued the following flood alerts and warnings:

  • Flood alert: West Cornwall Rivers
  • Flood alert: Helford and Fal Rivers
  • Flood alert: North Cornwall Rivers
  • Flood alert: Upper River Tamar
  • Flood alert: Middle River Tamar
  • Flood alert: Lower River Tamar
  • Flood alert: River Lynher
  • Flood alert: Rivers Tavy and Walkham
  • Flood alert: River Plym and Tory Brook
  • Flood alert: South Devon Rivers
  • Flood warning: River Dart from Dart Meet to Buckfastleigh
  • Flood warning: River Dart from Buckfastleigh to Totnes

"Flooding is possible from Saturday afternoon, through to and including Sunday, when rivers are expected to peak. 

"Heavy and persistent rainfall associated with Storm Dennis has fallen throughout the morning causing river levels to rise. 

"Further heavy rainfall is expected throughout the weekend, with a particularly heavy band forecast for Sunday morning. 

"Widespread totals of around 20-40mm of rain are expected, with higher totals possible over high ground. 

"Catchments are likely to react quickly to further rainfall and may cause flooding of low lying land and roads. 

"Take care near the areas of concern and keep up to date with your local weather conditions. 

"We are monitoring river levels and have staff in the area ready to respond as required".

Environment Agency

You can follow all the latest updates on Storm Dennis in Pirate FM's live blog here.

1:20pm

Pictures and video as Storm Dennis hits Cornwall:

At Porthleven...

At Porthcurno...

At Fistral...

At St Agnes...

If you have any pictures or video of Storm Dennis, you can send them at the link below the updates.

1:05pm

Storm Dennis travel warning for the A30 and A38:

12:49pm

Storm Dennis - travel disruption in Cornwall:

Flash flooding and fallen trees are being reported on roads around Cornwall.

Police and Highways have issued 'don't travel' warnings as gales and heavy rain hits.

Inrix Traffic and Travel is reporting the following incidents in the Duchy and Devon.

A30: "One lane closed due to flooding on A30 Westbound from A391 (Innis Downs Junction, Lockengate) to A39 (Indian Queens, Fraddon). Traffic is coping well. Affecting traffic from Bodmin to Toldish. Lane one (of two) is closed".

A30: Surface water on A30 in both directions between A39 (Indian Queens, Fraddon) and A30 (Summercourt Central/Newquay turn-off, Summercourt). Approach with care".

Higher Trezaise: "Flooding on B3274 Edgcumbe Road between Combellack Recyclers (Higher Trezaise) and Harmony Road (Roche). Traffic is coping well".

Bugle: "Heavy traffic due to flooding on Higher Bugle in both directions around Bugle. Approach with care. Road is passable with care".

A30 in Devon: "A30 Westbound blocked, queueing traffic due to fallen tree from A386 (Sourton Cross) to A30 (Stowford Cross). Earlier fallen down tree cleared at 09:45am. 2nd tree fell down around 12.40pm".

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

12:10pm

Storm Dennis affects trains in Cornwall:

Inrix Traffic and Travel says Great Western Railway services are at a standstill between Par and Newquay.

This is due to flooding on the line.

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

12:04pm

Tamar Bridge restrictions as Storm Dennis hits Cornwall:

The centre lane of the Tamar Bridge is closed for safety...

Kernow Weather Team is reporting delays in the area as the wind strength increases...

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

12:01pm

Storm Dennis closes attractions in Cornwall:

The National Trust has been forced to close two of its estates in Cornwall.

At Lanhydrock...

And at Cotehele...

11:20am

Storm Dennis - flooding on roads in Cornwall:

The heavy rain is causing travel disruption across Cornwall and Devon.

On the A30, one lane is closed westbound at Lockengate because of flooding.

"One lane closed due to flooding on A30 Westbound from A391 (Innis Downs Junction, Lockengate) to A39 (Indian Queens, Fraddon). Traffic is coping well.

"Affecting traffic from Bodmin to Toldish. Lane one (of two) is closed".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

Listeners have told Pirate FM flash flooding is affecting the A390 through Tresillian, with reports of possible closures.

There is further flooding on the main road through Bugle...

"Slow traffic due to flooding on Higher Bugle in both directions around Bugle. Approach with care. Road is passable with care".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

Kernow Weather Team has also received reports of problems at Cury...

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

10:59am

Storm Dennis - Travel Disruption:

Cornwall is being battered by Storm Dennis and it is already causing travel disruption.

On the roads...

Tamar Crossings have warned drivers to expect restrictions on the Tamar Bridge.

The gales brought down a tree on the A30 at Sourton first thing on Saturday.

There are reports of flash flooding near Bugle as well.

"Slow traffic due to flooding on Higher Bugle in both directions around Bugle. Approach with care. Road is passable with care".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

On the ferries...

All sailings on the St Mawes passenger ferry have been cancelled due to the gales and heavy rain.

On the planes...

Flights between Land's Ends and St Mary's on the Isles of Scilly are on hold due to the weather.

There have been cancellations at Bristol Airport too.

"Cancellations at Bristol Airport because of Storm Dennis. Passengers who are affected are advised to contact their airline for information.

"Easyjet have cancelled 39 flights to help clear room in the airport schedule. High winds and heavy rain are slowing down arrivals and departures at the airport".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

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

10:32am

How much rain will fall as Storm Dennis hits Cornwall?

10:17am

Storm Dennis sparks 'don't travel' warnings for Cornwall:

'Don't travel' warnings have been issued as Storm Dennis sweeps into Cornwall.

The Met Office has issued a double weather warning for gales of up to 70mph and heavy rain.

Forecasters say up to 80mm could fall in some parts of the south-west.

Both Highways England and Devon and Cornwall Police have issued a 'Severe Weather Alert' for drivers.

"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 heavy rain, drivers should keep well back from the vehicle in front, gradually ease off the accelerator if the steering becomes unresponsive, and slow down if the rain and spray from vehicles makes it difficult to see and be seen. 

“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".

Richard Leonard, Highways England

You can read more advice here.

10:14am

Storm Dennis: Search and rescue teams 'on standby'...

9:55am

Storm Dennis - warning from Cornwall Council:

9:25am

Strong winds already recorded, as Storm Dennis hits Cornwall:

The weather warning for strong winds, associated with Storm Dennis, kicks in at 10am on Saturday.

However, Kernow Weather Team has already recorded gusts of just over 70mph.

9:23am

Flood alerts issued as Storm Dennis hits Cornwall:

The Environment Agency has issued the following flood alerts for Cornwall:

  • Flood alert - River Lynher
  • Flood alert - Upper River Tamar
  • Flood alert - Middle River Tamar

The Environment Agency's teams have been out closing flood gates and clearing storm drains, in preparation for Storm Dennis.

"From midday Saturday 15th February the Met Office have issued a weather warning for Storm Dennis to bring persistent and heavy rain.

"Once Storm Dennis arrives, river levels will rise and flooding is expected to affect the area from Saturday evening 15th February through to Monday morning 17th February.

"Currently water levels have dropped following Thursdays heavy rain.

"Patchy rain through Friday will continue into Saturday 15th February. River levels may rise again in response to this rain, but flooding of low lying land and roads is not currently expected until Storm Dennis arrives on Saturday.

"Take care near the areas of concern and keep up to date with your local weather conditions.

"We are monitoring river levels and have staff in the area ready to respond as required".

Environment Agency

You can check the flood alerts and warnings for Cornwall and Devon here.

8:40am

Storm Dennis - expected closures on the Tamar Bridge:

8:08am

Travel Disruption from Storm Dennis:

On the roads...

One lane has been closed on the A30 at Sourton Cross because of a fallen tree.

"One lane closed due to fallen tree on A30 Westbound between A386 (Sourton Cross, Sourton Down) and A388 (Polson / Lifton Down turn-off, Liftondown). Traffic is coping well.

"Lane one (of two) is closed".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

On the planes...

Flights from Land's End to St Mary's on the Isles of Scilly are currently on hold because of the adverse weather and poor visibility.

There are cancellations at Bristol Airport as well.

"Cancellations at Bristol Airport because of the expected impact of Storm Dennis.

"Passengers who are affected are advised to contact their airline for information.

"Easyjet have cancelled 39 flights to help clear room in the airport schedule.

"High winds and heavy rainfall are expected to cause delays".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

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

7:49am

What is the latest from the Met Office?

7:21am

What weather warnings are in force?

The Met Office has issued the following severe weather warnings for Cornwall and Devon.

Strong Winds: A yellow weather warning will be in force from 10am on Saturday until 12pm on Sunday.

Heavy Rain: A yellow warning will be in force for Cornwall from 12pm on Saturday until 9pm on Sunday.

Heavy Rain: A yellow warning will be in force for parts of Devon from 12pm on Saturday until 3pm on Sunday.

Flood alerts have also been issued across Cornwall and Devon, including for the River Lynher, the Upper River Tamar and the Middle River Tamar.

You can check the latest weather warnings for Cornwall here.

You can check the latest flood warnings for Cornwall here.

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