Video: Precautions as storm set to hit Cornwall
People are being advised to take precautions as the storm is set to hit Cornwall overnight.
The Met Office said that while the storm could be strong they do not expect it to be as bad as the storm which hit the UK in 1987.
Gusts of between 60 and 70mph and up to 80 mph or more in other places are expected to bash the county this evening and into the early hours of tomorrow.
The Met Office has said this will be accompanied by very heavy rain and bringing in its wake the chance of localised flooding.
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It has issued severe weather warnings and say there is a threat of disruption.
People are being advised to take precautions ahead of the storm, delay journeys until the worst of the weather has passed and to be aware travel may be difficult.
Martin Young, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: "While this is a major storm for the UK, we don't currently expect winds to be as strong as those seen in the 'Great Storm' of 1987 or the 'Burns Day storm' of 1990.
"This weather system is typical of what we expect to see in winter but as it's coming in during autumn - when trees are in leaf - and while the ground is fairly saturated, it does pose some risks.
“We could see some uprooted trees or other damage from the winds and there's a chance of some surface water flooding from the rainfall - all of which could lead to some disruption."
Devon and Cornwall police have set up an emergency ‘command centre’ in Truro along with one at its headquarters in Exeter and Plymouth as the region prepares for a lashing tonight and tomorrow.
The Weather Channel has christened the weather event the 'Saint Jude Day Storm' after the patron saint of desperation and lost causes.
An Environment Agency spokesman said: "Environment Agency teams are out working to minimise river flood risk, clearing debris from streams and unblocking culverts. We will continue to closely monitor the situation ready to issue flood warnings if needed.
“We are supporting local authorities who will respond to any reports of surface water flooding."
"Seafronts, quaysides, jetties should be avoided due to the risk of overtopping by waves and wind blown shingle.”
The Agency is advising people to sign up to receive free flood warnings from the Environment Agency website, check weather reports on the Met Office website and be prepared to change their travel plans.
First Great Western trains are warning that Cornwall prepares for a battering commuters should leave more time and be aware the timetable will be subject to change.
Storm chasers have already begun to try and catch a glimpse of the spectacle. At Sennen the spray reached heights of 100ft and the coastal village was packed as people crowded on the cliff top to watch.