Atlantic Strike Four storm at St Ives
A film by Paul P.
Cornwall is preparing for gale force wind and torrential rain today as the county braces itself for the latest storm.
The Met Office has predicted gusts of up to 80 mph in some isolated areas and waves of 45ft (14 metres) are expected to batter the Cornish coast today.
A series of flood warnings have also been issued, including an alert for the entire north coast of Cornwall from Lands End to Hartland Point in Devon, and the entire south coast of Cornwall from Lands End to Plymouth.
Last night high winds of up to 70mph and severe rain swept through Cornwall in the latest of a series of Atlantic lows, which have devastated communities.
Hundreds of homes across the county were left without electricity as the high winds caused damage.
A Western Power Distribution spokesman said more than 200 people across Penzance and Geevor were without electricity from 1.40am until about 9am after a pole was downed by the severe winds.
A further 250 residents in Bodmin were left without power for half an hour this morning after winds damaged another power pole shortly before 6am today.
homes still remain without electricity while repairs continue.
See our live blog below:
2pm – Silver Command at County Hall has been stood down and has reported no major issues. The unit will continue to monitor the weather forecast
1.45pm – Landslip at Castle Cary leads to more rail misery for people travelling in and out of Cornwall. First Great Western @FGW tweeted: ‘There has been a landslip at Castle Cary. No services between Castle Cary and Exeter. Diversions via Bristol Parkway for buses to Exeter.’
1pm – Porthleven was described as “bedlam” earlier today as hundreds of storm-watchers flocked to the harbour to capture the waves at high tide.
Police were guarding the road to restrict the number of people going into the village.
Cornwall councillor Andrew Wallis said: “There are hundreds of people down to watch the storms. Everyone is enjoying themselves watching the sea from a safe distance.
“Police have restricted the traffic in and out of Porthleven becauser there is only one road in and out at the moment.”
12.40pm- The road is currently blocked on the A30 we
stbound at Redruth due to an accident
Starbucks at Chiverton Cross has been hit by lightning during the storm and is currently without electricity
Cornwall Council’s Silver Control say the temporary repairs to sea defences across Cornwall are holding.
The authority’s staff remain on standby.
12.30pm – Thunder and lightning in Truro and electricity is beginning to flicker
12.10pm – Marine Parade, St Mawes, is closed because of the severe weather and some drivers have been ignoring the road closure signs
Porthleven is gridlocked after wave watchers descended to see the storm, which has seen high tide pass without incident. Coastguards remain at the harbour village to disperse the crowds
11.15am Cornwall Council’s Silver Control said there are no major problems but it has received reports of fallen trees and damaged roof slates
– 10.30 Huge crowds have gathered at Gwithian to watch the storm as high tide approaches. It has been described as “chaos” by one onlooker. It is believed the police are closing the car park and advising peeple to stay away from the waves
– First Great Western are advising all rail customers to check their travel pla
ns due to the disruption
– All Skybus flights have been cancelled as a result of today’s forecast
– 9.45am: The A38 is partially blocked at Dobwalls as a result of a fallen tree between Twelvewoods Roundabout and Turfdown Road.
– 05.55am: Hundreds of homes in Bodmin were also left without electricity after a power cut and some 15 are waiting for it to be restored
– 01.40am: Homes in Penzance and Geevor were left without power after high winds knocked out poles providing the power
– Last night police closed the A394 Falmouth to helston road because of a fallen sign