Warnings as Cornwall set to be hit by worst storm in decades
Residents are being urged to make preparations following warnings that a super storm is expected to hit Cornwall.
Cornwall Council has issued advice following after the Met Office predicts that hurricane-force winds are due in the early hours of Monday.
The worst storm since 1987 could cause falling trees, damage to buildings, flying debris and disrupt power and transport.
Gusts of between 60 and 80 mph are set to hit Cornwall and Isles of Scilly from midnight on Sunday until late Monday afternoon and with it heavy rain, which could bring the possibility of localised flooding.
Residents prone to flooding are advised to ensure they have sandbags ready to protect their properties and businesses, which are neither provided by Cornwall Council or the Environment Agency.
Communities are also encouraged to check with vulnerable neighbours in case they need help with protecting their homes from the risk of flooding.
Warnings have been issued to drivers to take care as well as boat owners, and caravan and campsites during the storm.
Townsfolk and villagers have also been advised to cancel putting up seasonal decorations during the high winds and check that any already in place are secure.
Environment Agency teams have already been out clearing debris from streams and unblocking culverts, and drivers are urged not to attempt to pass through flood water.
A response team has also been set up to tackle any reports of surface water and officers from Cornwall Council’s Highways, Environment, Fire and Rescue and Emergency Management services, Devon and Cornwall Police, CORMAC and the Environment Agency will be monitoring the situation throughout the weekend and ready to take action.
The Met Office said: "The public should be prepared for the risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures, bringing disruption to transport and power supplies."
Normally Atlantic storms of this type develop much further to the west of the UK and are waning in strength by the time they reach the UK and Ireland.
Forecasters said this storm was more unusual, developing much closer to the UK and potentially tracking across the country while still in its most powerful phase.
Dan Williams, senior press officer at the Met Office, said: "All the ingredients are there. We've got a really strong jet stream and warm air and the combination could create a deep, vigorous low pressure to the west of the UK.”
With the combination of high winds and heavy rain larges waves and swell is likely around the coast and the advice is to stay away from seafronts, quaysides and jetties.
The Coastguard is warning all boat users to make sure their vessels are moored securely.
Brittany Ferries has also cancelled tomorrow’s scheduled 11pm Plymouth to Roscoff sailing because of the weather forecast. For more details call 0870 333 1101.
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