PICTURES and VIDEO: Cornwall escapes worst of St Jude's storm
It appears Cornwall has escaped the worst of the St Jude's storm, which is continuing to batter parts of the southern UK this morning.
Winds gusting up to 70mph swept across the county last night, accompanied by heavy rain, leading to some floodings, and a number of fallen trees.
However, the worst of the weather appears to have affected areas further east, with gusts reported of 99mph on the Isle of Wight.
There have been reports of flooding at a number of properties across the county. Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said it's crews attended flooding incidents in Penzance, St Austell, Gorran and St Blazey. Advice was given to the occupiers as crews were unable to assist further.
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Hundreds of homes were left without power in Newquay, although servcies have now been restored. Motorists also faced disruption in Looe earlier today due to fallen trees and debris.
At 6.20am the highways steward at Cornwall received reports of two fallen trees on Sandplace Road. They have now been cleared.
South West Trains have advised people not to travel on Monday with most services not running until at least 08:00 GMT to allow Network Rail to check lines. A reduced timetable will be in operation, with some trains limited to speeds of 50mph.
There has been surface flooding on several minor roads, particularly in the east of the county and the Tamar Bridge was closed for a spell overnight to high-sided vehicles. The bridge is now open to all traffic.
The forecast for today says that there is the potential for further damaging gusts this morning but the winds should ease in strength as the afternoon progresses.
First Great Western and Virgin West Coast main line are also running an amended service until 10:00 GMT and 09:00 GMT respectively while London trains to Penzance are currently running 21 minutes late.
The multi agency Silver Control centre at New County Hall was officially opened at 8.45 pm on Sunday night to provide a co ordinated response to the incident. This was led by Acting Chief Inspector Robin Hogg, with representatives from Cornwall Council’s highways, environment, and emergency management service, fire and rescue service, environment agency and NHS partners.
Between 8.45 pm on Sunday evening and 5.30 am on Monday morning agencies dealt with a range of minor incidents, mainly involving surface water flooding and fallen trees. 100 properties in Newquay were also without power for some part of the night, although power has now been restored.
The fire and rescue service were called to 10 incidents; while the crews from CORMAC and the environment service dealt with 18 incidents, 3 in West Cornwall and 15 in East Cornwall. The police in Cornwall dealt with around 36 incidents.
Among the specific incidents were reports of flooding to two properties in St Blazey and Penzance, and flooding affecting parts of East Looe, Polperro and Victoria. Highways crews dealt with surface water flooding at Arch Hill, Truro; Par Moor Road, the road between Kelly Bray and Callington and the A388 at Hatt. There were reports of a number of fallen trees blocking roads, including Sheviock, Lostwithiel, Pentewan, Polbathic, Altarnun, Scorrier to St Day, Hatt, Gunnislake. Further reports of fallen trees are expected as more people drive to work.
The heavy rain overnight may have affected the quality of bathing waters around the Cornish coastline and members of the public are being asked to take care.
Acting Chief Inspector Robin Hogg said: "I'm very pleasantly surprised at how it's gone. We were fully prepared for more significant impact and more significant damage. It seemed we managed to avoid the brunt of the forecast."
A flood alert has been put in place for the Tamar river from Tamarstone to Polson Bridge.
No problems were reported at sea overnight by Falmouth Coastguard.
There is disruption at Land's End and Newquay airports but you are advised to check in as normal.
A police spokesman added that there has currently been no weather-related casualties in any incident.
A large number of extra police officers and staff as well as 57 members of the Special Constabulary were drafted in to support operations.
Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Taylor said: “We have received a large number of weather related calls, but with the efforts of police staff, officers and with the support of partners across the board, the response provided has been excellent.
“It is particularly heartening to see Specials as volunteers turning out in such numbers at very short notice.
“Our focus is now on ensuring Devon and Cornwall remains safe as the region wakes and begins to clear up.”
Police are advising motorists to be aware of potential trees and other debris littered across the region’s roads.
Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities, has thanked the emergency services and other agencies who worked through the night to ensure the safety of members of the public during the storm.
“A huge amount of hard work and planning by a wide range of organisations goes into ensuring that we deal effectively with incidents such as these,” he said.
“Although Cornwall was not as badly affected as originally feared, I would like to congratulate everyone who worked tirelessly through the night to ensure public safety.
“I would also like to thank the people of Cornwall who responded so well to the storm warnings and ask them to continue to take care during the coming hours."
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