Cornish New Year's Eve revellers face wet and windy night

Falmouth Packet: Cornish New Year's Eve revellers face wet and windy night Cornish New Year's Eve revellers face wet and windy night

With a raft of flood warnings and more foul weather forecast, New Year's Eve revellers face a wet and windy evening in Cornwall.

Heavy rain is expected in the early hours of New Year's Day and the Environment Agency is urging communities to prepare in advance as flooding is expected.

The Met Office say that  the rain, heavy at times, will spread quickly northeastwards on Wednesday. Rainfall totals are expected to be widely 10-20 mm, but as much as 30 mm over some south facing coasts and hills. South or southwesterly gales with gusts 50-60 mph on coasts and hills will accompany the rain.

With ground already saturated over much of this area, the public should be aware of the risk of further localised flooding.
The wet weather is due to another active Atlantic frontal system and deepening area of low pressure is expected to push northeastwards across western UK on Wednesday.

A combination of strong winds and very moist air will give locally significant rainfall accumulations especially over south-facing coasts and hills. The more persistent rain should clear eastwards later on Wednesday and overnight into Thursday.

Environment Agency teams have been on the ground around the clock operating pumping stations, issuing flood warnings and checking that flood banks, walls and barriers are working effectively.

Although most rivers have receded from the peaks seen over Christmas, they are full and the ground is saturated, which means there is an increased risk of surface and river water flooding.

From this evening onwards large waves and strong winds are expected along the south and west coasts, which may lead to spray and waves over-topping promenades and coastal defences, especially on Thursday as spring tides approach.

Advice on what to do before, during and after flooding is available on the Environment Agency website or by calling Floodline on 0845 9881188.

People travelling this week are also reminded to check the latest flood updates ahead of making journeys and should not drive through dangerous floodwater.

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