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Wind and rain causes further disruption - and weather warning remains
10:07am Friday 27th December 2013 in News
Gale force winds and torrential rain caused further headaches for motorists attempting to travel Cornwall’s roads last night.
Roads turned into rivers and visibility was dramatically reduced as rain lashed the county.
However, the conditions did not cause the same level of disruption as earlier in the week, with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service reporting only one incident that it attended last night – a cable arching in Fore Street, Goldsithney.
Fire crews from Penzance were sent just before 3.20am and called for Western Power to make the cables safe.
Telegraph Street in St Day is currently closed while repairs are carried out to fallen power cables near Fore Street and there is disruption to Skybus flights to and from Newquay Airport due to cross winds. Passengers are still advised to check in as normal.
The after-effects of Monday’s storms are still being felt, however.
In Calstock, near to the Cornwall-Devon border, at least 20 homes have been cut off after part of the road entirely fell away on Lower Kelly on Christmas Day.
Firefighters were forced to move a car that had been teetering on the edge and there is now no vehicular access for the foreseeable future.
Environment Agency flood alerts remain in place on the Helford River, River Fal and rivers across West Cornwall, although any warning over the River Cober in Helston has been lifted.
There is also a yellow warning placed on the south west by the Met Office, which is scheduled to remain until 9pm today.
Widespread gales and spells of rain expected to continue for much of the day, with gusts of 70 to 80mph in some coastal areas and high ground.
The worst of the weather is likely to be seen in the north of England, however, where an amber warning – just one down from emergency level red – is in place.
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