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Gales, downpours and big waves batter Cornwall

Gales, downpours and big waves batter Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:01am 5th May 2020. (Updated at 6:03am 5th May 2020)

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Cornwall is being warned that there could be disruption to power and phone signal as we are battered by gales and downpours.

Strong winds with gusts of up to 60mph are continuing to hit the Duchy, along with heavy rain.

Forecasters say big waves could also whip up along the coastline and cause over-topping or spray.

Any key workers needing to make an essential journey on Tuesday morning are being urged to take care on the roads.

People are also being urged to make sure their garden furniture is secured.

The severe weather warning from the Met Office is in force until 10am on Tuesday morning, with the rest of the day staying damp and cloudy with the chance of further showers.

"Strong easterly winds will develop across southwest England and parts of Wales during Monday evening and overnight before gradually easing through Tuesday morning.

"Winds will gust to around 50 mph at times, especially over and to the lee of high ground.

"The strongest winds are expected to the west of Dartmoor and across parts of west Cornwall where gusts of 55-60 mph are likely which may lead to some disruption."

Met Office

Kernow Weather Team is also urging anyone near the coast to take care and be mindful of the tide times and big waves.

"It may seem fun to wait for a wave to sweep up the beach or along a harbour wall, but only 15cm of water can knock you off your feet. Bear this in mind when the weather is stormy or conditions are rough.

"And don’t be caught out by the ‘seventh wave’. Remember that the wave in the middle of a set is often bigger and can reach further up the beach or along the promenade.

"Enjoy the power of the water from a safe and respectful distance."

Kernow Weather Team

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