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Wild Weather Warning

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:01am 3rd January 2012 (Updated 10:03am 3rd January 2012)

Winds of up to seventy miles an hour batter Cornwall.

The Met Office has put out a yellow alert weather warning for the rest of Tuesday morning. A spokesperson said, "The public should be aware of the possibility of disruption due to strong winds, e.g. to travel.  A spell of heavy rain will also affect many regions, leading to localised flooding."

The Environment Agency warns flooding is possible around the Rivers Lynher, Tamar, Tavy and Walkham. The areas being put on Alert include the Rame Peninsula, Callington, Saltash, Rilla Mill, Pillaton and Landrake, Gunnislake, Calstock, Cargreen, Bere Alston, Morwellham, Polson Bridge, Horsebridge, Gunnislake, Lifton, Sydenham, Bude, Helebridge, Bridgerule, Canworthy Water, Yeolmbridge, Tavistock, Walkhampton, Bedford Bridge, Horrabridge and Lopwell. You can find the latest list of alerts and warnings here.

Culdrose recorded gusts of 64mph overnight. Some back roads are closed because of fallen trees and power lines. Nancledra School is closed because of a power cut.

Forecasters say gales or severe gales, along with heavy rain should clear by lunchtime leaving a brighter afternoon with a few blustery showers.

Driving in Strong Winds

Experts say there are some simple things we can do to make the drive to work safer this morning:

  • Keep both hands on the wheel. It's likely you will be blown off course by sudden gusts of wind. The faster you are going the further you will be pushed before you regain control, so keep your speed down and expect to be buffeted on exposed stretches of road or when overtaking lorries or other high sided vehicles.
  • If you are being blown around - the chances are other road users will be too. Keep an eye out for people in lorries and caravans or riding motorbikes, mopeds or horses. If you break down, make sure you get out of your car even if you are on the hard shoulder.
  • There is likely to be debris covering some back roads - remember that you never know what will be around the next corner. Long hanging branches may not be obvious if it is dark and they are just above the sweep of your headlights.
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