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LIVE: Day two of Storm Dennis for Cornwall

LIVE: Day two of Storm Dennis for Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:26am 16th February 2020. (Updated at 6:56pm 16th February 2020)

More travel disruption is expected across Cornwall and Devon as Storm Dennis hits the region for a second day.

Two weather warnings remain in force for the Duchy, with more gales and torrential rain set to hit.

The new alert for strong winds is out until 11am on Monday, with the rain warning in force until 9pm on Sunday.

'Immediate action' flooding warnings have also been issued for parts of the River Lynher and Tamar.

The weather's already closed roads, cancelled flights and suspended trains between Exeter and Taunton.

You can check all the latest information in Pirate FM's live blog below.

6:56pm

What next as Storm Dennis leaves Cornwall and Devon?

The south-west is not quite out of the woods yet, as the tail end of Storm Dennis sweeps the UK.

Weather Warnings:

A yellow weather warning for torrential rain lifts at 9pm on Sunday night.

However, another for strong winds will be in force until 11am on Monday.

You can check the latest weather warnings for Cornwall and Devon here.

Flood Warnings:

Several flood alerts remain in force in the north and east of the Duchy, including an 'immediate action' warning for the River Lynher.

"The risk of flooding continues for the rest of Sunday 16th February and into the early hours of Monday.

"Whilst the heaviest of the rain has now passed, further scattered showers are forecast this evening and overnight.

"River levels remain high and this evening’s high tide may cause a further temporary increase in river levels. The time of high tide this evening (at Plymouth) is at 23:15.

"Catchments remain saturated, with ponding water around low lying land and roads".

The Environment Agency adds: "However we do expect the situation to improve following this evening’s (Sunday) high tide. Please continue to take care near the areas of concern.

"We will continue to monitor the situation and our staff are ready to respond to any issues".

Environment Agency

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

6:22pm

Storm Dennis: The rain returns...

5:29pm

The latest position of Storm Dennis:

4:26pm

Warning over cars stuck in flood waters in Cornwall and Devon:

An urgent warning has been issued after multiple calls to cars stuck in flood waters in Cornwall and Devon.

Police and firefighters received five calls in just five minutes on Saturday, as Storm Dennis hit.

Officers say four of the drivers had moved cones out of the way to try to drive through.

A string of 'immediate action' flood warnings and flood alerts are out across the region.

Two weather warnings remain in force, for heavy rain until 9pm on Sunday and for gales until 11am on Monday.

You can read the full story and advice from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service here.

3:38pm

Storm Dennis Travel Disruption:

The storm is continuing to cause travel disruption across Cornwall and Devon.

Inrix Traffic and Travel is reporting the following incidents in the regions.

On the roads...

Penryn: "Commercial Road in both directions closed, slow traffic due to wall on road and fallen tree from Quay Hill to Church Road. Due to strong winds a tree has fallen bringing few pieces of a building wall with it".

Looe: "Fore Street in both directions closed due to accident, a lorry involved between Shutta Road and A387 Station Road". Photos show scaffolding leaning against a lorry.

A384 at Buckfastleigh: "A384 in both directions closed due to flooding between A38 (Dartbridge Junction, Buckfastleigh) and A385 Shinner's Bridge (Shinners Bridge, Dartington). River dart has burst its banks due to flooding".

On the trains...

GWR: "Services at a stand on Great Western Railway Northbound between Truro and Par due to fallen tree on the line".

GWR: "Service suspended on Great Western Railway between Exeter St Davids and Taunton, and between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple due to storm Dennis flooding".

On the planes...

"Delays for flights to and from Bristol Airport on Sunday because of Storm Dennis. Anyone due to fly should check the status of the flight with their airline. Around 20% of flights have been cancelled, with some delays".

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

3:27pm

Storm Dennis sparks record number of flood warnings...

2:33pm

Storm Dennis: Strongest winds and heaviest rainfall...

2:09pm

Storm incident shuts high street in Cornwall:

Photos seem to show the moment Storm Dennis brought down scaffolding on top of a lorry in Looe.

The incident happened first thing on Sunday morning, closing a stretch of Fore Street.

A cordon has been put up around the Co-op delivery truck, the side of which is damaged.

"Scaffolding has been dislodged and is precariously leaning on a delivery lorry following a road traffic collision in Fore Street Looe.

"The scaffolding will need to be dismantled to make the area safe.

"Members of the public are asked to follow diversions and to allow more travel time as Fore Street is closed for the time being".

Devon and Cornwall Police

You can read the full story here.

 

1:51pm

Storm Dennis: Major incident declared in South Wales

A major incident has been declared in South Wales after Storm Dennis left severe flooding in its wake.

It means a multi-agency response has been triggered as rescuers battle to get to victims by helicopter and boat.

The Environment Agency declared the highest number of flood warnings and alerts on a single day in England.

There were 580 alerts in place at 1pm, including four severe warnings in England and widespread amber alerts from the Met Office.

You can read the full story here.

1:14pm

Storm Dennis - the latest radar from the Met Office:

12:36pm

Storm Dennis Travel Disruption:

Inrix Traffic and Travel is reporting the following incidents, as Storm Dennis hits Cornwall.

On the roads...

A30 at Launceston: "One lane closed and slow traffic due to accident on A30 Eastbound from A388 Western Road (Pennygillam) to A30 (Callington turn-off). Lane two (of two) is closed near Launceston Hospital".

A390 at Lostwithiel: "Reports of slow traffic due to fallen tree on A390 in both directions from King's Arms Hotel (Lostwithiel) to B3269 (Lanlivery)".

In Looe...

Looe: "Fore Street in both directions closed due to accident, a lorry involved between Shutta Road and A387 Station Road. Near Bradley estate agent, a lorry has hit the scaffolding".

A384 at Buckfastleigh: "A384 in both directions closed due to flooding between A38 (Dartbridge Junction, Buckfastleigh) and A385 Shinner's Bridge (Shinners Bridge, Dartington). River dart has burst its banks due to flooding".

On the trains...

Great Western Railway has been forced to suspend services between Exeter and Taunton due to flooding.

GWR has issued a warning, urging passengers not to travel on Sunday unless it is absolutely necessary.

On the planes...

"Disruption expected for flights to and from Bristol Airport on Sunday because of Storm Dennis.

"Anyone due to fly should check the status of the flight with their airline.

"Around 15% of flights have been cancelled, with some delays".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

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

12:01pm

Day two of Storm Dennis in pictures and video...

At Porthleven...

At Sennen...

A stormy looking Constantine Bay...

And huge waves at Portreath!

If you have any photos of Storm Dennis, you can send them in at the link at the bottom of the blog!

11:34am

Storm Dennis sparks power cuts in Cornwall:

Almost 200 homes have been left without power as Storm Dennis hits Cornwall.

Properties from Pendeen to Par and Perranporth to Bude have been cut-off.

It comes as torrential rain and gales continue to batter the Duchy.

However Western Power says dozens affected in the Truro area have now been restored.

You can check the latest power cuts for Cornwall here.

11:01am

Storm Dennis - the latest weather radar for Cornwall:

10:27am

Storm Dennis: New severe weather warning for Cornwall

The Met Office has issued another severe weather warning as Storm Dennis continues to batter Cornwall.

A new yellow alert for strong winds has been extended to cover the Duchy, lasting into Monday.

Forecasters say gusts of around 60mph could whip up huge waves and spark more travel disruption.

It comes alongside those warnings for torrential rain, which will remain in force until 9pm on Sunday evening.

What can we expect?

The Met Office says Storm Dennis will bring some very strong winds and transport disruption during Sunday and into Monday morning.

The extended yellow weather warning will be in force from 10am on Sunday until 11am on Monday.

Forecasters say we can expect:

  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely
  • Probably some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer
  • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely
  • Some short term loss of power and other services is possible
  • It's likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves

"Some very strong winds are likely in association with Storm Dennis. Gusts of 50-60 mph are likely quite widely within the warning area for much of the period. 

"Gusts of 70mph are likely at times, more especially across western Scotland on Sunday afternoon and evening, as well as in association with heavy showers elsewhere. 

"A separate swathe of 70-75mph gusts probably crossing the far north of Scotland and Orkney for a time early on Monday".

Met Office

You can check the latest weather warnings for Cornwall and the UK here

9:27am

Storm Dennis warning from Cornwall Council:

8:47am

Storm Dennis travel disruption across Cornwall and Devon:

On the roads:

In Devon, a stretch of the A384 at Buckfastleigh is closed in both directions due to flash flooding.

A stretch of the A396 at Tiverton is blocked because of a fallen tree.

Fore Street in Looe is closed in both directions, after a lorry hit scaffolding.

"Fore Street in both directions closed due to accident, a lorry hitting some scaffolding involved between Shutta Road and A387 Station Road. Near Bradley estate agent".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

On the trains:

Great Western Railway has been forced to suspend services between Exeter and Taunton due to flooding.

GWR has issued a warning, urging passengers not to travel on Sunday unless it is absolutely necessary.

"Service suspended on Great Western Railway between Exeter St Davids and Taunton, and between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple due to storm Dennis flooding".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

CrossCountry Trains have issued an advanced warning for possible disruption due to Storm Dennis.

"Possible delays on CrossCountry between Exeter St Davids and Penzance due to speed restrictions at Truro and high winds".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

On the planes:

"Disruption expected for flights to and from Bristol Airport on Sunday because of Storm Dennis.

"Anyone due to fly should check the status of the flight with their airline.

"Around 15% of flights have been cancelled, with some delays".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

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

8:35am

What flood warnings are in force?

'Immediate action' flooding warnings have been issued for several rivers in Cornwall, due to Storm Dennis.

The warnings mean flooding is expected and are in force for stretches of the River Lynher and Tamar.

It comes after a day of torrential rain and gales across the Duchy and Devon, with more set to hit on Saturday.

  • Flood warning: River Lynher from Berriowbridge to Notter Bridge
  • Flood warning: River Tamar from Greystone Bridge to Cotehele
  • Flood warning: River Ottery at Yeolmbridge and Ham Mill
  • Flood alert - Upper River Tamar
  • Flood alert - Middle River Tamar
  • Flood alert - Lower River Tamar
  • Flood alert - River Fowey
  • Flood alert - North Cornwall Rivers
  • Flood alert - Helford and Fal Rivers
  • Flood alert - West Cornwall Rivers

The alerts and warnings are in force over Sunday morning's high tides and will last through until at least Sunday afternoon.

What action should be taken?

"High river levels on the River Lynher are forecast to coincide with the high tides both tonight Saturday 15th February and again tomorrow morning Sunday 16th February.

"The time of the high tide on Saturday night is 22:30 and Sunday morning at 10:45am.

"The river is expected to peak between 18:00 to 22:00 on Saturday and again between 9am and 13:00 on Sunday 16th February.

"Catchments are saturated, with ponding water around low lying land, roads.

"Property flooding is possible at the Notter Bridge Holiday Park, Notter Bridge Inn and Crylla Valley Cottages Although the heaviest of the rain has now passed this afternoon, further heavy rain is forecast for later tonight and tomorrow morning.

"Please take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions.

"We are constantly monitoring river levels and will be updating this message as the situation changes".

Environment Agency

You can check the full list of flood warnings here or watch how to be prepared...

8:34am

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.

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