Cornwall may miss worst of storm
Weather forecasters say Cornwall could be spared from the worst of the storm but there still could be damage and disruption caused by persistent wind and rain over the next 24 hours.
The Met Desk's latest information shows hurricane-force winds moving further south and missing the county.
However the county remains on amber alert and the Met Office is warning there is still potential for damage and disruption, both from wind and tidal and rain flooding.
The county has been making preparations over the past 24 hours for gusts of up to 80 mph, perhaps up to 90mph in some of the most exposed places.
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A Met Desk spokesman said: “The storm now looks like tracking along a path slightly further south than previously, meaning that the peak winds across Cornwall and the south west may be slightly less strong than feared before.”
He said although the southern part of England and East Anglia looks set to face the brunt of the storm Cornwall will be hit by wind speeds of between 60-70mph for Cornwall, and up to 75mph around the coast.
The worst of the wind is expected to blow in between midnight tonight and 6am.
The torrential downpours scheduled for between 9pm tonight and 3am tomorrow, are due to arrive as showers this afternoon, followed by persistent rain from 5pm.
While the heaviest rain is expected to sweep through from 8pm and the potential localised and coastal flooding is due late tonight.
Brittany Ferries has already cancelled a sailing from Roscoff to Plymouth earlier this morning and the 4.30pm from Roscoff and the 11pm to Roscoff have also been cancelled. The company has cancelled the 3.45pm from Plymouth to Santander because of the severe weather forecast.
Western Distribution Power said it has made a contingency plan to deal with the aftermath.
It has doubled up on office staff and workers on the ground across the south west to deal with fallen cables and disruption to power.
David Crocker, shift manager for Western Distribution Power, said: “We have put as much in place as we can before it actually happens and now it is a bit of a waiting game.”