LiveFull coverage of the storm and the aftermath

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  • Cornwall escapes the worst of the storm
  • Minor disruption expected on the roads and rail network.
  • 103mph gust reported on Isles of Scilly last night.
  • No major report of flooding and no deaths.
  • Get in touch via twitter @thepacket and send me your pictures, video, stories and views.



Shot by David Meredith·


Met Office have removed all severe weather warnings - but take care, things will take a while to settle down


TRAVEL: All flights are on hold at Newquay and Land's End Airports due to the weather conditions. Check in as normal.




Reports the A39 closed due to 'serious' accident this morning. Two people have been airlifted to hospital after a head on crash.

It is understood to involve two vehicles around Cove Hill (Norway Inn).

Affecting traffic between Devoran and Treluswell.

Long delays reported.

Fire service say they were called at 9.45am, with two fire appliances from Falmouth fire station and the rescue tender from Camborne fire station mobilised to the incident. The fire service made the scene safe.

Police advice is for all vehicles to avoid the A39 between Truro and Penryn, the diversion is not suitable for larger vehicles. The closure is likely to be on-going for some time. Diversion via Bissoe Valley.

More updates as we get them.

Falmouth Packet: Traffic troubles as collision shuts A39 at Norway Inn


Reports of road closed due to accident at Scorrier.


The wind even reached the home of the Packet, with this little tree falling victim. 

Falmouth Packet:


Trains are not as disrupted as feared, with the weather conditions overnight not been as severe as predicted. First Great Western are "able to run services on most routes".

However delays are being experienced on many routes due to trees on the line and some alterations to train services will still be in place.

Services are unable to operate between Salisbury and Southampton, between Maidenhead and Bourne End or between Henley on Thames and Twyford. Services on the route between Guildford and Gatwick are still suspended until 09:00.

Please check their Journeycheck page before travelling here.


The Scillonian III in Falmouth docks due to high winds preventing it berthing in Penzance yesterday. Picture: Barrie Clark

Falmouth Packet:


Cornwall Council has given an overview of their response to last night's strong winds.

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. The Tamar Bridge was also closed to high sided vehicles.   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.


Police say that they are facing a large amount of calls as the weather starts to clear, with almost 250 calls for the force in the least 24 hours related to weather across the region.

High winds and heavy rain hit the whole force area between midnight and 7am with 20 road closure incidents as a result – mainly due to fallen trees and road debris.
There have 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: “It’s vital we are ready and prepared for incidents like this and our plans have been well tested this weekend and continue to be.

“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.
All drivers should slow their speed and increase braking distances.

The weather remains unsettled, but latest advice from the Met Office is that the worst of the weather has now passed the Devon and Cornwall region.




Here is a weather recap. The latest video forecast from the Met Office. The worst of the rain seems to have passed overhead now, leaving just the strong winds to contend with.

Help us keep people up to date as they head out and about on Monday morning. let us know what is happening where you are, and remember you can get in touch via twitter @ThePacket or via email at


Well my clock says midnight, which forecasts predict will see the start of the strongest winds. What is it like where you are? Let me know via Twitter @ThePacket, or comment below.





With all this wild weather, this one is for the Packet editor (his love of poetry is legendary), and anyone else.

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking,

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

Sea Fever by John Masefield





This is the track the storm is set to take, and the times of strongest winds.

Falmouth Packet: Track

Falmouth Packet: Timings




Reports of 103mph gust on Isles of Scilly.



This wave is a rare sight at this size, a silver lining to the approaching storm in St Ives.




Just a little update. Your reporter for this evening, Jonathan, will be bringing you updates and bits and bobs as the evening progresses and again in the morning, or as long as a mini tablet battery holds out!

Send me your pics, videos, news and views via twitter @ThePacket or email




Reports the Tamar bridge is closed to high sided vehicles as gusts hit 71mph.




As it is predicted that the high winds and rain could cause damage to buildings, trees and power lines, localised flooding in some areas, and significant travel disruption tonight and tomorrow morning, 

Police, the Met Office, Environment Agency, Highways Agency, local councils, fire and ambulance service, and NHS, have been actively preparing for the severe weather all weekend.

A command centre will open at police headquarters in Exeter this evening and run through the night into the morning. Three local command centres will be set up in Truro, Plymouth and Exeter.

Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Taylor, from Devon and Cornwall Police, is coordinating activities for all agencies throughout the peninsular.

“All agencies have been meeting regularly with the view that we are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best,“ she said.

“All agencies have reviewed and, where necessary, increased their resourcing levels in anticipation of this weather event. For example, police have more than 110 extra staff working through the night, including call handlers and 58 members of the Special Constabulary.

“We want to reassure the public that their safety is paramount and remains our absolute priority. If anyone is at risk or in danger they should call 999 immediately.

“We would also ask the public to take personal responsibility for their own safety and the safety of vulnerable neighbours as far as possible, as well as ensuring that they are prepared as they can be.

“We would ask the public to stay indoors if possible, stay up-to-date with the forecasts and not to venture out unless absolutely necessary. In particular we would urge people not to be tempted to put them or others at risk by heading out to coastal areas and harbours to watch the stormy seas as this is exceptionally dangerous in these weather conditions.

“We expect that our region will be welcoming many visitors for half-term breaks. We would urge any drivers taking a trip to Devon and Cornwall, particularly with a caravan or mobile home, to think very carefully before setting off as driving conditions are expected to be very difficult on Sunday evening through to Monday morning.

“We are anticipating significant travel disruption and ask people to plan ahead, add extra time for their journey and check first whether essential travel services are running. Driving conditions are expected to be very difficult due the risk of flash flooding, fallen trees and other debris. We ask drivers to slow down, take care and give other motorists plenty of space.

“Police and partner agencies will do everything they can to minimize any impact on the community but people should expect some disruption on Monday morning, particularly during the rush hour period.

“All agencies will be working hard tomorrow to help any local communities affected return to normality as soon as possible.”








Newquay power set to return by 3am. 


First in line will be the Isles of Scilly. Here's an update.





Amanda Hosking tweeted this picture of Crown Mines at Botallack Mines this afternoon.

Falmouth Packet:

The strong winds have caused rough seas elsewhere along the coast: Here is the Newhaven lifeboat searching for a teenager washed into sea.

TRAVEL: Trains are set to be disrupted so keep an eye on any changes. South West Trains customers with tickets dated Monday 28 October may use these on Tuesday 29 October.

Full details about service alterations for tomorrow can be found here. 



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