UPDATE: Storms leave a trail of destruction through Cornwall
A trail of destruction has been left across Cornwall tonight as the county was battered by winds of more than 90mph.
More than 70 trees came down in the storms and more than 15,000 homes were said to be without power.
Cornwall Council and Devon and Cornwall Police set up major incident rooms and wanrned people not to go out unless absolutely necessary.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning up until midnight, with wind and rain and massive waves pounding the coastline.
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Among the damage reported was:
- Two 40ft trees felled, blocking Tregolls Road, Truro
- A roof blown off a hotel in Mountwise, Newquay
- A stand at the Truro City ground wrecked
- A fallen tree was partially blocking the old A30 at Victoria
- Downed phone cable reported on the A30 between Henver Lane and Shortlanesend Road, near Zelah
- Trees down on Tyringham Road, Lelant Downs, outside the Shire Inn, on the Camborne to Helston road, and on Ridge Hill
- More trees down on the A390 just outside Lostwithiel, on the road between Lanhydrock and Sweetshouse, and near Downderry
- The Tamar Bridge was closed to all traffic between 7pm and 7.20pm. Ferries across the river were continuing to run
- First Great Western advised passengers not to travel west of Exeter St Davids, with no trains running past Plymouth after a tree blocked the line between Liskeard and Bodmin Parkway
- Power cuts reported in Marazion, POenzance and Constantine
- Waves were battering the promenade in Penzance, where paving slabs had already been torn up last month
- Swanpool Road west bound in Falmouth was partially blocked between Silverdale Road and Bickland Water Road due to a fallen tree
- The A30 in Penzance was partially blocked in both directions between Eastern Green and Treweath Road due to a fallen tree
- On the B3293 between Helston and St Keverne there was a tree down just on the St Keverne side of Zoar Garage.
- On Trevillet Hill coming into Tintagel there was a big branch in the road.
- Between St Erth and Canonstown there was a cable down and between St Buryan and Porthcurno at Treen there was a tree down
- At Trelowth, near St Austell the A390 westbound was blocked due to fallen tree around Coliza Hill.
On back roads by Wall and Reawla in North Cornwall there was a tree down.
- Canonstown A30 was closed both directions at St Erth Rbt/Arch Lane due to fallen power cables
- There was a landslide in Pelynt on Muchlarnick Lane
- Flooding was reported on the road from Perranporth to St Agnes and at Four Lanes outside the school
Following a significant deterioration in the weather after 6pm, Cornwall Council decided to open the Silver Control centre at New County Hall, Truro to provide a co-ordinated response to the situation.
Silver Control was formally opened at 6.45 pm, led by Chief Inspector Mike Ward with support from Duty Director David Owens and the emergency management team.
A council spokeswoman said: "We have already received a large number of calls about the impact of the strong winds and heavy rain and are advising members of the public not to travel unless absolutely necessary."
With repair and clean up work barely under way in many of the region’s seafront towns and villages, the south coast could be hit by another storm surge tomorrow morning as strong winds whip up already heaving seas.
The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings, for rain or severe gales force winds, for the South West until Saturday.
Surf forecasters Magicseaweed, meanwhile, have predicted waves could peak at 33ft (10 metres) tomorrow on some beaches and at up to 43ft (13 metres) on Saturday.
Chris Tubbs, Met Office deputy chief meteorologist, said: “We have more Atlantic depressions heading our way during the rest of the week and over the weekend. Heavy rain and gales sweeping in from the west for Wednesday brings the risk of further flooding in some areas and possible travel disruption.
“There is now increased confidence that much of the southern half of Britain will see further heavy rain on Thursday evening and night, and that will be quickly followed by another storm early Saturday.”
The embattled Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for most of the south coast with high tide at about 10am tomorrow. In all, 12 flood warnings are in place, along with 35, lesser, flood alerts.
John Curtin, head of incident management at the agency, said: “Following the wettest January on record in some places we are now set to experience successive bands of heavy rain heavy rain fall lasting into the weekend.
“With further river and coastal flooding expected this week we have teams working around the clock to protect homes and communities, and over 117,000 homes have been protected over the past three days.
“Strong winds and waves could be dangerous, and we would urge people to stay away from coastal paths and promenades, and not to drive through flood water.
“In the face of this severe weather we would also remind people that they can sign up to receive free flood warnings, check their flood risk and keep up to date with the latest situation on the Environment Agency website and on social media using #floodaware.”
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