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5:50pm

Well the sun has been out for a while, so I (Jonathan) think I will call it a day on the live article. Hope you have found it useful, informative and interesting.

12:59pm

On the A39 between Carnon Downs and Playing Place the road is partially blocked in both directions due to a fallen tree

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Between Carnon Downs and Playing Place, the road is blocked in both directions because of a fallen tree

9:37am

New Portreath Rd is closed due to fallen power cables between Old Portreath Rd & Bassett Rd

9:32am

There's flooding on the Swanpool beach Road, the road is just passable with care.

On the main road through Tehidy, the traffic lights are stuck on red in both directions

9:17am

Buses will replace trains between Penzance and St Erth due to damage to signalling caused by recent storms

8:47am

Wall of water hits Newlyn Bridge. Video Ade Keast

1:57pm

Some train routes have reopened in Cornwall today, following major disruption due to flooding.

All branch lines apart from Looe Valley are now open, with the mainline between Plymouth and Penzance due to reopen later this afternoon to St Erth.

A coach service will then run the rest of the way to Penzance, due to damage to signals and Penzance station.

An hourly rail service operates between Exeter St Davids and London Paddington. Some of these services may have to travel over a diversionary route, and journey times may take longer than normal.

The line between Newton Abbot and Exeter remains closed owing to the collapse of the sea wall at Dawlish. Coaches operate between these stations calling at intermediate stations.

Fast, direct coaches also operate from Plymouth and Exeter to Bristol and Tiverton to connect with trains to and from London.

From Monday fast coaches will also operate between Truro and Bodmin to Tiverton Parkway.

Customers travelling from Bristol Temple Meads to Plymouth or Cornwall should take a train to Bristol Parkway and use a direct bus service from there.

4:13pm

A section of Western Promenade Road in Penzance was shut off at 2pm today, due to the high wind resulting in a "dangerous structure."

Firefighters from the town removed a large piece of timber, while police kept people away. 

4:11pm

Firefigthers were called to Mullion this afternoon due to arching cables.

A crew from the village waited in Garro Lane from 1.50pm, until Western Power arrived to make the area safe.

 

4:08pm

Falmouth Packet:

A tree that came down at Tehidy near Camborne has been causing a major headache for motorists in the area.

The nearby section of A30 was also closed, following a fatal collision during the early hours of this morning. 

It meant drivers were forced to find yet another route, around the smaller roads in the area. 

The tree was blown over during the latest bout of severe weather. 

Falmouth Packet:

3:07pm

This was the sea of foam whipped up over the road past Porthleven Habour last night. (A different story today, in bright sunshine.)

Falmouth Packet:

(Photo: Andy Wallis)

2:58pm

Sad news that a cow has been washed up in Porthleven, after falling victim to the storms. 

Falmouth Packet:

(Photo Scott Eastwood)

2:51pm

Devon and Cornwall Police's control room took around treble the average number of calls yesterday, with more than 900 calls being made to the police 999 service during a 24 hour period.

The force also saw a record number of police generated incident logs, with 1,549 up until midnight yesterday - the previous highest had been 1,542 during Christmas 2012.

Many of the incidents police dealt with involved falling trees and debris.

The weather forecast is for an improving picture throughout the weekend but the road debris and subsequent clean up operation will mean road closures will remain in some areas.

A spokesman said: "In some areas the true picture of the damage caused overnight is still not known and police are continuing to receive calls about damage caused to properties and infrastructure such as gas leaks and damage to telephone and power lines."

Police will continue to work closely with the local authorities,the Environment Agency and other emergency services throughout the weekend.

Drivers are urged to take caution when travelling on the road network and residents concerned about flooding in their area can also log onto the Environment Agency website to follow the latest flood alerts.

A police spokesman said: “The police experienced a very busy period during the latest storm and although there is considerable damage to individual properties, large scale flooding was avoided.

"The advice now is to be cautious if you have to go out and about. Roads remain dangerous due to surface water, fallen trees and debris and heavy rain continues to fall in some areas.

"We would also ask residents to check on the welfare of their neighbours and continue to monitor the weather forecast and flooding alerts via their local news stations, the Met office and Environment Agency.”

2:44pm

Falmouth Packet: The Castle Beach Cafe in Falmouth has been left open to the elements after the front was destroyed by yesterday's waves. 

Read the full story here. 

10:18am

All First Great Western trains in Cornwall and Devon remain out of action this morning.

As a result the rail company has said: "Due to major disruptions across the entire First Great Western network, customers are advised not to travel until further notice."

10:03am

A seriously injured crewmember of a vessel of the Cornish coast was airlifted to hospital, despite horrendous conditions. 

The 36-year-old Thai national is said to have suffered serious injuries as a result of a fall onboard the the Mathawee Naree. 

A spokesman for Famouth Coastguards, which coordinated the rescue, said conditions were so bad that a search and rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose was unable to get close to the deck and the sea was far too rough to transer the man onto a lifeboat. 

Instead the Mathawee Naree sailed into Falmouth Bay, where the Culdrose helicopter was able to pick him up and fly him to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. 

 

 

9:59am

Close to 10,000 homes are without power in the south west, following last night's storms.

 

9:41am

A man was killed last night as he walked along the A30 near Redruth. 

Read the full story here 

9:40am

Cornwall Fire Control received 124 emergency calls yesterday, with "a large number" attended by firefighters.

Following the fall of the tide, but with the wind continuing to batter the county, the fire service was mainly called to  power cables coming down.

Overnight six crew from Mullion were sent to a pile of tyres that were believed to have been set alight by a fallen electric cable.

Crews waited on site for the arrival of Western Power engineers to make the cables safe so the fire could be extinguished.

The fire service  also attended cables down or sparking at Helston, St Columb Major, Madron, Lostwithiel and Fowey during yesterday evening.

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The A394 in Goldsithney is closed in both directions between the B3280 junction and the A30 junction, because of a fallen tree.

7:29pm

First Great Western has posted this on its website this evening: "Due to major disruptions across the entire First Great Western network, customers are advised not to travel until further notice."

All trains in Cornwall have been suspended.

7:22pm

The volume of calls to Cornwall Council and the emergency services has decreased since 6.30pm as the intense weather moves across Cornwall.

There is still a severe flood warning in place for the South Cornwall coast, with flood warnings in place for the North Cornwall coast and Truro. 

Winds are still gusting at Force 8 to 9 and this is likely to continue over night and into the early hours of Saturday morning.  They will then decrease during the rest of the day. 

There was a one metre wave surge reported during this evening’s high tides, however this is expected to reduce to half a metre surge for tomorrow morning’s high tides which are at 04.45 am at Newlyn.

There have been no significant issues reported at Bude, although there were reports of up to 20 properties flooded in Penzance, mainly as the result of spray and overtopping.  There were also reports of a small number of properties flooded at Newlyn.  

Crews from CORMAC and the Environment Service are still working across Cornwall.  There is currently a lane still closed on the A390 at the Treliske roundabout, but the road at Tresillian has now re opened. 

Crews are still dealing with the fallen tree at the A3058 at the site of the White Pyramid pub near Trewoon and the incident at Trethen Mill.  The road at Kingsand is still closed as the result of flooding and damage to windows at the Institute.

The fire and rescue service have been dealing with a number of calls related to flooding, including a report of a person trapped in a van in flood water at St Neot.  The vehicle was pulled from the water by a tractor.   The military crews are now returning to RNAS Culdrose. 

Silver Control was expected to move to skeleton mode at 7 pm and the Silver Commander Superintendent John Green will then will review the situation at 7.30 pm.

However agencies will remain on stand by to monitor the situation over night.  A skeleton silver control will be in operation from 4.30 am on Saturday morning until two hours after high tide. 

Crews from the police and Cormac will be on standby in Porthleven from 4.30 am on Saturday morning in case of problems caused by the strong winds.

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The latest forecast from the Environment Agency is continuing to forecast very strong winds of up to force 8 and 9.  The intense rainfall has moved out of Cornwall but there is still the risk of heavy showers.

The fire and rescue service currently has crews at Penzance dealing with incidents of flooding, and at Coverack where there are reports of arcing cables.  There is also a crew at Perranarworthal where there is a report of a tree falling onto the roof of a cottage.

The road through Tresillian has been closed because of flooding and drivers are being advised to find an alternative route home.

The Marazion bypass has reopened but the village is busy with traffic still. 

Highways crews are working across Cornwall to deal with incidents of fallen trees and surface water flooding and are also monitoring the repairs which have been carried out to sea defences. 

Three military teams are continuing to provide support at Bude, Helston and Penzance.  There are also coastguard teams at Porthleven, Falmouth and Penzance.

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3:52pm

Thanks to Leigh Heppel for sending this video of flooding on Swanpool Lake road today,

Based on information supplied by leigh heppell.

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Penzance Promenade is now closed to traffic.

2:40pm

Cornwall's Silver Control centre is gearing up for action again later as more strong winds and heavy rain is forecast for this afternoon.

It follows the latest information from the Met Office and the Environment Agency, which have concerns over the potential for coastal flooding along the South Cornwall coast

As a result the command centre, which includes representatives of the emergency services, Cornwall Council and the Environment Agency, will become fully operational from 4pm. 

A “skeleton” Silver Control has been in place throughout the day to monitor the weather conditions and respond to any incidents. 

In accordance with the normal procedure, Silver Control will be led by a representative from Devon and Cornwall police, supported by the Cornwall’s Duty Director Nick Fripp and David Owens, Head of the Environment Service. 

Around 10 – 15 mm of rain fell across Cornwall this morning, causing surface water flooding on many roads, with the strong winds causing fallen trees and cables. 

There were also reports of four properties being flooded as a result of run off from fields in the Treluswell area and minor landslips in Lostwithiel and Trewidland. The A30 was also closed for a short time this morning as a result of surface water flooding.   

Although the period of intense rainfall has now moved away from Cornwall, the latest forecast is suggesting heavy and squally showers with the risk of localised hail and lightening this afternoon. 

The winds will also be strengthening to severe gale force during the afternoon, with the possibility of gusts of up to Storm Force 10, at the same time as moving to a south westerly direction which will affect the South Cornwall coast. 

Agencies will be closely monitoring the situation across the whole of Cornwall over the next few hours, with particular areas of concern including Porthleven, Mullion, Penzance, as well as the coastline from Land’s End to Kingsand and Cawsand.

Sandbags are being distributed in the four areas identified as being at the greatest risk of flooding, with support from the police and the military.

“All the agencies are busy preparing for this latest episode of severe weather“ said Geoff Brown, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities.

“We are encouraging people to take the normal precautions and also to stay away from coastal areas so they do not hamper emergency services responding to incidents.

“I would also like to praise the efforts of local communities who are showing great resilience in the face of considerable challenges”.

2:36pm

Falmouth Packet:

 

Helston residents have been picking up their free sandbags this lunchtime as they prepare for further rain combined with the high tide later this afternoon. 

Full story here 

1:24pm

Reports of flooding at Swanpool

1:24pm

Falmouth Packet: Treluswell this morning

12:42pm

A flood warning from the Environment Agency is in place for the south Cornwall coast, with a lesser 'flood alert' in place for the north coast.

Strong winds, tidal surge and large waves are expected to cause flooding at exposed locations over the high tide on Friday evening.

Locations with damage to defences, buildings and structures, will be especially vulnerable to the predicted large waves.

These locations include: Penzance, Newlyn Green, Marazion, Longrock, Porthleven, St Mawes, Pentewan, Looe, Seaton, Kingsand, Cawsand and Plymouth.

The time of high water on Friday is between 16:41 at Newlyn and 17:49 at Plymouth.

At Plymouth the predicted astronomical tide level is 1.93mAOD. The forecast surge height is up to 850mm, with South South Westerly winds up to Force 9, and wave heights of up to 5-7 metres.

Conditions in exposed locations will be dangerous so please remain a safe distance from coastal frontages. Conditions will usually apply two to  four hours either side of high tide. We will monitor the situation and update this information if the situation changes.

On the north coast, locations with damage to defences, buildings and structures, will also be vulnerable. These locations include: Bude, Newquay, Perranporth, Portreath and St Ives.

The time of high water on Friday is between 16:41 at Newlyn and 18:03 at Ilfracoombe.

12:10pm

Reports of flooding A39 Perranarworthal near to Norway Inn.

11:54am

Firefighters from Falmouth are pumping out homes in Lower Treluswell, after three properties flooded.

11:40am

Boskenwyn School near Helston will be closing at 1.30pm due to severe weather conditions.

11:30am

As a result of the latest advice from the Met Office and the Environment Agency, Cornwall Council will distribute all its available sandbags to Helston, Penzance, Looe and Bude today. 

Crews from the council will be distributing up to 1,000 sandbags in:

Penzance: Wherry Town car park
Looe: Millpool car park
Helston: Coronation Park car park (including Mullion and Porthleven)
Bude:  Crescent car park

Members of the public in these areas will be able to collect up to ten sandbags from these locations from 1pm today.

It's follows yesterday's decision by the government to let local authorities recover the costs of distributing free sandbags. 

Peter Marsh, interim director of environment at the council, said: "Over the past few hours we have been working with our partners to identify the areas which are at greatest risk of flooding as a result of today’s severe weather conditions.

"Sandbags are being distributed in these areas so they are prepared for tonight’s high tide.  For operational reasons sandbags will not be available directly from council depots.

“The weather conditions are then set to improve tomorrow afternoon and into next week giving us a respite from the risk of flooding. 

"We will, however, continue to monitor the situation and are on standby to respond if the weather deteriorates.”
 

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With Met Office forecasts of more strong winds and heavy rain affecting Cornwall over the next few days, Cornwall Council is warning residents to be prepared and take precautions where necessary.

The latest information from the MET Office and the Environment Agency is for further very unsettled weather to affect Cornwall through to Saturday lunch time.  More wet and very windy weather is expected in the early hours of Friday morning, with predictions of around 10 to 20 mm of rainfall, increasing to 20 - 30mm on high ground.  At the same time the winds are set to increase to Force 6 on the South coast and Force 5 on the North coast, leading to large waves and the possibility of coastal flooding.

The strong winds are set to increase during Friday, with gusts of around Force 8 expected along the south coats by Friday evening.  This will lead to large waves of up to 5 metres, with areas of particular concern around Kingsand, Fowey, Mevagissey, Looe and Lamorna.

There are then further bands of heavy rain and strong winds expected over Friday night and into Saturday, with the risk of both coastal and river and surface waster flooding across Cornwall.

With the ground already saturated with the recent rainfall, and some flood defences already damaged by the storms of the last few weeks, agencies in Cornwall are advising people living in areas at risk of flooding to take precautions.

“We are continuing to remind members of the public to follow the advice on dealing with the potential severe weather, and not to drive through flood water” said Geoff  Brown, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities.  “We would also ask people to take care when walking along the coast path, some areas of which have been closed as result of storm damage, and by cliff edges during the strong winds. 
“We would ask people to stay away from coastal areas which are at risk of flooding during high tides.  While we recognise the fascination of watching the large waves which have been battering our coastline, some people are putting themselves in real danger by standing too close to quay sides and harbours.  There is also a risk of their actions hampering the efforts of the emergency services in dealing with the situation”.

All the agencies are monitoring the situation closely and are on standby to open the multi agency Silver Control centre at New County Hall in Truro if required.

As neither the Council nor the Environment Agency has a statutory duty to provide sandbags, anyone whose property is prone to flooding should ensure they have a supply of sandbags ready to protect their home or business should they need to.  Local communities are also encouraged to check with vulnerable neighbours in case they need help with obtaining flood protection materials.  Residents are also advised to check that their drains are clear of leaves and blockages.

Sandbags can be obtained from builders merchants, DIY and hardware stores.

For further advice on preparing for flooding is available on the Cornwall Council website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/flooding

4:21pm

With wild weather set to return, these are some wise words

4:20pm

Deputy Prime Minsiter Nick Clegg is in Porthleven.

4:19pm

Cornwall Wildlife Trusts Marine Strandings Network have been responding to an "unprecedented number" of reports of dead seabirds and marine mammals.

Read the full story here.

Falmouth Packet:

4:17pm

The Met Office has now upgraded their weather warnings for Cornwall and Devon, with an 'Amber Alert' for both wind and rain, amid warnings of gales and massive waves.

Read the full story here.

Falmouth Packet:

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2:38pm

A man who became trapped under a fallen tree near Higher Fraddon has been freed.

Read the full story here

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1:51pm

Further wind gusts of 91 mph at both Mumbles and Capel Curig. 81 mph at Aberdaron and Pembrey Burrows

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12:48pm

Due to increasing wind speeds, the Lost Gardens of Heligan has made the decision to close for the rest of today.

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12:23pm

The A393 Penryn to Ponsanooth road is closed due to a fallen tree.

There are also problems on the A30 inbetween Chiverton and Carland roundabouts, with flooding near Chybucca junction.

While on the A390 Truro to Tresillian road a fallen tree is causing problems.

There are also reports of an overturned lorry on the A30 westbound

12:16pm

12:03pm

A bus is teetering over the edge of the main road at Playing place.

While the road is still open, expect delays.

Picture: Matt Rattcliff

Falmouth Packet:

 

 

11:30am

Conditions in Porthleven are "incredibly unpleasant" with reports that it is difficult to stand up in such high winds. Maybe a good day to stay indoors.

11:27am

A tree is blocking one lane of the A390 Tresillian near Truro - take care in that area. 

11:23am

Morrab Gardens in Penzance have been closed due to the high winds, meaning the library will be closed for the rest of the day.

As a result the David Dearlove talk will not take place this afternoon as planned.

The library has apologies for for any inconvenience, adding it hopes to be open again tomorrow as normal.

11:23am

There is deep standing water on the A3075 Penhallow to Chiverton road - near the Perranporth turning.

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11:15am

Strong winds, tidal surge and large waves are expected to cause problems at exposed locations along the north Cornish coast today.

Read the full report here

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There are reports of flooding on the main Falmouth to Truro road near the Norway Inn this morning.

There is also a reduced service on the Falmouth to Truro Maritime rail line.

Reports of delays expected due to broken down horse box on A30 Westbound between A39 / B3279 (Indian Queens) and B3275 (Fraddon Services).

A30 in Drift blocked and slow traffic around the B3283 junction, because of a fallen tree.

A bit further west Laity Lane near St Ives is blocked due to fallen power cables and fallen tree after Trencrom Lane, near the Carbis Bay Holiday Park.


A38 Cornwall - A38 in Tideford blocked in both directions at the B3249 junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

11:08am

The Met Office is warning of 'Severe' Storm Force 11 winds today. Read the full story here

 

9:34am

Travel update: Wednesday 12/2

Reports of a road blocked in Shortlanesend due to fallen tree

King Harry Ferry Cornwall  » Service suspended due to adverse weather conditions
First Great Western Cornwall  » Reduced service due to poor weather conditions
St Mawes Passenger Ferry Cornwall  » All sailings cancelled due to adverse weather conditions
Skybus Newquay Airport  » All Skybus flights cancelled to/ from Isles of Scilly due to poor weather. Passengers will be contacted and offered alternative

9:18am

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Most likely track and alternative track of the storm on Wednesday.

Falmouth Packet:

2:15pm

Weather update:

Sunny intervals and scattered showers this afternoon.  A few lingering showers this evening, but they should generally die out by around 2000/2100 with clear periods allowing temperatures to fall close to zero locally.

Temperatures will rise again later in the evening as cloud thickens from the west.

Rain will then spread eastwards after midnight, giving heavy bursts at times before clearing towards dawn. Tuesday morning will see sunny spells and a few showers, some of which may fall as hail.

2:10pm

The weather warning from the Met Office has now been upgraded to 'Amber' for Wednesday and Thursday.

A vigorous area of low pressure is expected to move northeastwards across the UK later on Wednesday, clearing eastwards early on Thursday. This is likely to be accompanied by a swathe of gales across many parts of England and Wales which may be severe in places.  The public should be prepared for the the risk of disruption to transport and possibly also power supplies.

This warning should be viewed in the broader context of the Yellow Wind Alert.  At present computer models are suggesting a variety of possible tracks for this system across the UK. Hence there remains uncertainty regarding its exact track and the areas more likely to be affected by the worst of the winds. However, current ideas suggest that southwest Britain could bear the brunt with gusts of 60-70 mph widely, perhaps with gusts over 80 mph in exposed areas.

 

10:14am

The hard working team of coastguards at Porthleven. Picture Phil Ruberry.

Falmouth Packet:

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10:11am

Portreath weathers the storm. Pictures: Matthew Barnicoat

Falmouth Packet:

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10:11am

More damage at Mullion. Pictures by Gillian Martin

Falmouth Packet:

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9:54am

While the sun is out this morning, the bad weather is set to return tomorrow (Tuesday), with a 'Yellow Alert' weather warning in place until Thursday.

Read the full story here

9:38am

There is still an array of problems on train services in and out of Devon and Cornwall.

Read the full story here.

5:57pm

Couple of bonus photos for you guys, thanks to Packet photographer Christine Hosey, showing some of the huge waves in Porthleven today - and the crowds that came to watch them.

Falmouth Packet:

Falmouth Packet:

Now that really is all folks (unless it all kicks off again tonight!) Emma

 

4:21pm

Well that is about it for today.. Have a look below for loads of pictures, videos, Tweets, articles and more from the past few days of wild weather.

Thanks for following the action as it happened here at the packet.co.uk.

Remember, you can get in touch via thepacket.co.uk, on Twitter @thepacket, on our Facebook page, email me on jonathan.millar@packetseries.co.uk or call on 01326 213 328.

Jonathan

3:00pm

Have a look below for some of the more spectacular pictures from around the coast today.

Here is a video from Mullion Cove

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The latest estimate for the cost of the storms in Cornwall is more than £21 million, according to councillor Alex Folkes.

He said: "This is made up of £3.8 million for immediate response and making safe and £17.5 million for full repairs and remediation. But these are still preliminary estimates and are continuing to rise. In all probability they will rise again this weekend as yet more bad weather is forecast."

 

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Update on severe weather situation 1.30 pm on Saturday, 8 February

The multi agency Silver Control centre at New County Hall will be officially standing down at 2pm on Saturday, 8 February.

There have been no major incidents experienced as a result of the strong winds and large waves and the heavy rainfall which was forecast to affect Cornwall later today has instead moved to Devon. There are currently no plans to re open Cornwall Silver Control during the remainder of the weekend, however all the agencies will continue to monitor the weather and have robust plans in place to respond if the situation changes.

Crews from the Council’s highways and environment services and the fire and rescue service are on stand by to respond if required.

The weather situation is forecast to improve over night this evening and during tomorrow and Monday, with the next period of severe weather now expected on Tuesday.

1:19pm

This is the scene at the Red Bull windsurfing competition this morning.

First up, 116kph winds

Falmouth Packet:

Next there is the size of the surf.

Falmouth Packet:

Falmouth Packet:

All images Red Bull press

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Weather update.

The latest forecasts from the Environment Agency are showing that Cornwall is experiencing winds of up to 80 mph along the coasts, with wind speeds of 50 – 60 mph reported inland.  The winds are expected to turn westerly this afternoon and overnight into Sunday. There are still flood alerts in place on the West and North Cornwall Rivers and at the Upper Tamar and the River Lynher. 

There are no reports of any major problems so far.  The Council’s Contact Centre has received around 12 calls since 8.30 am, mainly about fallen trees and damages to fences and roof slates.  The road at North Roskear near Camborne has been closed after a wall partially collapsed.  Crews are at the site now dealing with the incident.

Crews from Highways and Environment service have been at the site of all the key risk areas since earlier this morning carrying out inspections of the sea defences which had previously suffered damage from the storms. With high tide now past, there have been no reports of significant coastal flooding.  So far all the temporary repairs at harbours and other coastal defences appear to be holding and the areas have not suffered any further damage. 

The temporary repairs carried out at the Clock Tower at Kingsand also appear to be holding and there has been no further damage at Seaton or in the Penzance and Newlyn Green areas where the rock armour and other temporary defences are holding.

Crews from Cormac are still on site carrying out repairs. The temporary repairs are also holding at Fistral in Newquay and at the area around the Blue Reef Aquarium. Crews will remain on standby in all the key areas throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

There were reports of minor over topping of the waves at Porthleven, with the police having to close some access roads because of the large number of people wanting to travel to the area to look at the waves.  All the agencies continue to advise people to stay away from areas which could be at risk.

There have also been reports of some people driving past road closed signs – particularly at St Mawes and at the road between Five Lanes and Altarnun where the road has been closed because of a fallen tree.  The police and Highways have appealed to people not to ignore road closed signs as they are putting themselves at risk.

1:06pm

One man's storm is another man's super session 

 

1:04pm

What is causing more problems today, the storm, or the storm watchers... Reports of gridlock at Portreath as crowds arrive to see the huge seas.

Stay safe.

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12:59pm

Hello, Jonathan here taking over from Emma, who has been bringing you updates this morning. She is off to check the bowl on her window sill, which only comes out to catch the drips when the weather gets horrible. 

First up a few of the best from social media, and then I will have a look at how the storm chase windsurfing event is going.

12:49pm

Cornwall Council’s Contact Centre has received around 12 calls since 8.30 am, mainly about fallen trees and damages to fences and roof slates. 

The road at North Roskear near Camborne has been closed after a wall partially collapsed.  Crews are at the site now dealing with the incident.

Crews from Highways and Environment service have been at the site of all the key risk areas since earlier this morning carrying out inspections of the sea defences which had previously suffered damage from the storms.

With high tide now past, there have been no reports of significant coastal flooding. 

So far all the temporary repairs at harbours and other coastal defences appear to be holding and the areas have not suffered any further damage. 

The temporary repairs carried out at the Clock Tower at Kingsand appear to be holding and there has been no further damage at Seaton or in the Penzance and Newlyn Green areas where the rock armour and other temporary defences are holding. Crews from Cormac are still on site carrying out repairs.

The temporary repairs are also holding at Fistral in Newquay and at the area around the Blue Reef Aquarium. Crews will remain on standby in all the key areas throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

There were reports of minor over topping of the waves at Porthleven, with the police having to close some access roads because of the large number of people wanting to travel to the area to look at the waves. 

All the agencies continue to advise people to stay away from areas which could be at risk. 

There have also been reports of some people driving past road closed signs – particularly at St Mawes and at the road between Five Lanes and Altarnun where the road has been closed because of a fallen tree. 

The police and Highways have appealed to people not to ignore road closed signs as they are putting themselves at risk.

 

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Porthleven has been described as "bedlam" by one onlooker due to the amount of people heading to the port to look at the waves.

Although the sea is rough, there are currently no reports of any flooding.

However, crowds of people are flocking to the port to see the waves. One onlooker told the Packet: "I've never seen so many people there."

However, it is lead to chaos on the roads.

Authorities were forced to close the roads at one stage, to prevent any more people entering the port.

The main road there from Helston, past the Penrose Estate, is already shut due to long-term roadworks, and the other access points are struggling to cope due to the amount of traffic.

People are advised to stay away, for their own safety and to prevent further congestion on the only routes in and out of the village.

12:24pm

The latest forecasts from the Environment Agency are highlighting the potential risk of further damage being caused by the strong winds and large waves. 

The EA is predicting Force 8 winds south westerly winds affecting the south coast, and Force 9 south westerly winds affecting the north coast, although there is a risk of gusts of wind above these speeds.

There are currently flood warnings in force for both the south and north coast, and at Bude where there are concerns over the impact of the winds on the exposed location and areas where the sea defences have already suffered significant damage.  Both Cornwall Council and the Environment Agency have teams in place monitoring the situation there.


There are also teams from Cormac and the Environment Service on site at Looe, Mullion, Porthleven and Newlyn, with other teams on standby throughout Cornwall to deal with any developing problems.

Crews are carrying out inspections of the areas which have damaged during the previous storms to ensure that the repairs are still adequate. 

There are also crews at Kingsand and Cawsand where they are working with the specialist teams which have been brought in by the trustees of the Clock Tower and Institute building.

The agencies are liaising with the coastguard who have teams on standby.

There are currently no major issues, although Cornwall Council’s contact centre has received a small number of calls about fallen trees and slates blowing off roofs. No roads are currently blocked.  

The fire and rescue service have crews on stand by across Cornwall. 

They are providing support to the ongoing pumping operation at Wheal Jane, which is being led by the Coal Board and the Environment Agency. The service has brought into a high volume pump from Cambridgeshire to provide additional support while the pumps are being used at Wheal Jane.

12:12pm

The Metro is reporting today that cats could be "blown away" in servere winds, with pet owners urged to keep their animals inside.

An RSPCA representative is quoted as saying: "People should remember to make sure they have everything they need, especially places to hide (and a litter tray if they don’t usually have one)."

Are you keeping your pets indoors today? Let us know by commenting below. 

12:09pm

We've been sent a message from West Cornwall's MP Andrew George:

"Just off to meet Porthleven Harbour Master, Phil Ward, to see what's being done and what more can be done to protect this storm damaged port, as it's now threatened again..."

We'll keep you posted if there are any further developments down at the harbour today, but all the boats have now been removed from the water - thought to be the first time since 1903. 

12:06pm

And here come the rain - hold onto your hats people! (Literally?)

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Meanwhile at Gwithian, surfers are using the large waves to good effect for the Storm Chase competition 
 

10:47am

The bottom road past Coverack's seafront remains closed this morning, due to a large section of the wall coming away on the beach side.

The gap has been plugged with sandbags in an attempt to shield the wall from further damage, but cracks have started to appear in the road meaning it is not safe for traffic to drive over the top.

The harbour and shops remain open as usual, with cars able to enter the village from the top entrance, past the school.

Cars should follow the back roads by turning off at Zoar Garage and following the signs.

Falmouth Packet:

Photo by Brenda's Shop, Coverack

10:26am

Cornwall's multi agency "Silver Control" opened at 10am to provide a co-ordinated reponse to the severe weather.

Based at County Hall in Truro, it is made up of representatives of the emergency services and Cornwall Council, together with the Environment Agency and other organisations that manage the roads and respond to incidents. 

10:24am

A Facebook group dedicated to Mullion Cove has said there are "increasing concerns" the recent storms have caused further damage to the harbour walls.

They add: "We'll keep you informed of the outcome but our fingers remain firmly crossed in the hope it will be restored to its former glory."

Coastguards from the Mullion team were there last night monitoring the situation and performing a "weather watch" to keep people away from the area and ensure there was no further damage. 

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Although the wind has picked up this morning, there are no incidents on the roads at this time. The rain is currently holding off.

All eyes are now on coastal areas and those next to rivers at high tide, which is expected at around 11.15am.

Authorities are monitoring the situation closely, in case of flooding.

10:04am

The Falmouth to Helston road was closed last night due to an unsafe sign at a fuel station.

Police and firefighters closed the top half of the A394, at the Falmouth end, diverting cars through Ponsanooth and Stithians.

The road remained closed until the sign could be lowered to the ground safely.

For the full story click here 

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Police and partner agencies across Devon and Cornwall are continuing to prepare for severe weather set to hit the region today.

Multi-agency co-ordination centres will open today in Exeter, Plymouth and Truro to deal with any weather related issues.

Latest advice from the Met Office suggests a further spell of rain and high winds late on Saturday morning, into Saturday afternoon.

Police are asking all road users to drive appropriately and be prepared to face standing water and road debris – particularly on more rural routes.

Due to current difficulties on the region’s rail infrastructure, main routes across Devon and Cornwall are expected to be busier this weekend as people take to roads rather than rail to travel.

Chair of the Devon and Cornwall Local Resilience Forum, Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton, spoke to Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday evening and will further update COBR nationally later on Friday.

Assistant Chief Constable Netherton said: “The impact on Devon and Cornwall has been huge and I have spoken on behalf of the Local Resilience Forum to make the Prime Minister aware of the challenges we face as a region.

“This weekend is due to be another test for us, but I’m confident that as a multi-agency effort we have the skills and ability to keep Devon and Cornwall safe and moving.”

High waves are expected once again, particularly around the southern coastline of Devon and Cornwall, with serious dangers to anyone standing or in a vehicle near to coastal promenades and beaches.

The Environment Agency is also continuing to warn of potential for river flooding across Devon in particular.

Mr Netherton added: “Our own staff within the police and that of other agencies have performed fantastically in the last week and will continue too over the weekend and into what is an unsettled period of weather next week.

“I’d ask members of the public to do what they can to not put themselves at risk – particularly on the coast.”

All the latest information can be found on Twitter at @metoffice and @EnvAgencySW

4:51pm

We are taking a short break from the live article, in anticipation of a busy day on Saturday keeping you all up to date with news, info, pictures and videos.

If the storm hits early we will be back early as well. Remember you can get in touch via thepacket.co.uk, on Twitter @thepacket, email me on jonathan.millar@packetseries.co.uk or call on 07917721694.

Stay safe.

4:51pm

Following the latest forecast from the MET Office for more severe storms to affect the county over the next few days, Cornwall Council has been working with other agencies to ensure that preparations are in place to deal with the severe weather.

The latest information from the MET Office and the Environment Agency is for strong winds gusting up to of up to 75 mph to affect Cornwall this evening and overnight into Saturday. 

These winds are likely to particularly affect the Southern coastline of Cornwall with a risk of flooding during tonight and tomorrow morning’s high tides. The high winds and rainfall are expected to continue throughout Saturday and early into Sunday morning.

Although high Spring tides have now passed, the high wind speeds will increase tide levels beyond what we would normally expect and may cause further damage to coastal flood defences already damaged by the storms of the last few weeks. People living in areas at risk of flooding are advised to take precautions.

This includes not driving through flood water and to stay away from the coast path and cliff edges during the strong winds.

Silver Control will open from 9pm this evening at the emergency management centre at New County Hall in Truro, and is expecting to return to a “skeleton” service from around 2am on Saturday. 

Full Silver Control will then re-open from 10am on Saturday morning and is expected to continue remaining operational through Saturday and into Saturday night/Sunday morning.

Areas most at risk of flooding from the high wind and waves are Mullion, Newlyn, Looe, Porthleven and Kingsand and Cawsand.

Work to inspect and repair previously damaged flood defences has been taking place this week. The total costs of the Cornish storms amounts to £21.3m with the immediate repairs currently standing at £3.5m with longer term work expected to cost around £17.8m. 

4:29pm

So just how unusual is this massive storm?

Here is what forecasting gurus Magic Seaweed have to say.

"The huge swell hitting Europe tomorrow is quite probably going to create larger waves in coastal waters than the previous three in 2014. The question we’re being asked by both surfers and the media is ‘how unusual is it?’ The answer depends on how long your memory is, but we conclude ‘infrequent but not unusual’. Here’s why."

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Read the full story here

With thanks to www.magicseaweed.com

You can visit Station 62107 - Sevenstones Lightship information page here for up to date info.

3:59pm

First Great Western has confirmed a 25 per cent discount on walk-up fares for services affected by the closure of the railway at Dawlish.

Yesterday, Network Rail confirmed that the damage to the track will take at least six weeks to fix, and trains will not be able to run between Exeter and Plymouth during that time.

Instead, First Great Western has ordered hundreds of buses to provide alternative transport between the two cities while the track is repaired.

Volunteers from other areas of the business, who have been supporting our efforts to keep customers moving in the area are expected to be joined by colleagues from other FirstGroup rail companies throughout the UK over the weekend.

A 25 per cent discount will apply to all walk-up fares - including Any time, Off-Peak, Super Off-Peak and weekly season tickets - for journeys that pass through the affected area, and will remain in place until the line reopens.

The same discount will apply to monthly and annual season tickets on a pro-rata basis. Holders of these season tickets will be contacted directly with details of how this rebate will be applied.

Advance Purchase fares will also be reintroduced on the route for combined bus and rail fares from Wednesday next week. The company has been unable to offer Advance Purchase tickets – which are tied to specific trains - since Wednesday, as we were unable to guarantee which trains would be running.

First Great Western MD, Mark Hopwood said: “We recognise that this work will mean customers are inconvenienced, and journey times are likely to take longer than normal as we look at alternative ways of getting customers to where they need to go. We want our prices to reflect that.

“No-one should lose out because of this. FGW's promise is that anyone who has been unable to purchase an Advance Purchase ticket because they were removed from the system and paid more than they would have done normally, will be reimbursed the difference."

3:39pm

Bus services set to be disrupted.

First have said further extreme weather will disrupt bus services this weekend. Adding: "We have no idea of how this will affect our services but we will endeavor to get information to our customers as soon as we can if there are any disruptions.

For Truro, Penzance, Camborne, Redruth, Helston, Falmouth, Penryn, St Ives, Hayle, The Lizard and Newquay plus any of the Truro College routes (on weekdays!)

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The company adds: "We will endeavor to respond to any comments or questions asked on our Facebook and Twitter pages as soon as we can, but ask for your patience during what will be a very busy time.

"If you are travelling or out and about this weekend please take care."

2:50pm

Here it comes! This pic was released by the Met Office showing what the monster storm looks like from satellite.

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Massive waves set to hit overnight, with wind increasing from this afternoon. 

This is the latest update from surf forecasting gurus Magic Seaweed.

The largest waves are set to hit from late Friday night and through Saturday Morning, reaching a peak just before high tide along the south Cornwall coast at approx 10.30am.

With the swell changing tack slightly as it approaches, the south coast remains at most risk, however smaller tides than recent days may help.

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The chart below is the forecast wave heights.

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The chart below is the expeted wind speeds, with gusts in excess of 55mph.

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11:04am

Don't be fooled, the lovely weather is not going to stay around

11:04am

Wreck warning as people raid stricken French trawler.

The warning comes after a number of people have taken equipment from the French fishing boat Le Sillon, which washed up on rocks near Porthcothan over the weekend.

Read the full story here.

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10:44am

The Today Show on Radio4 has been visiting Porthleven. Listen here.

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Radio4 has been in Porthleven this morning reporting on the damage and how the community rallied round to help.

 

10:35am

It may be sunny out there but this is just the 'lemon next to the pie' as classic surf movie Big Wednesday would say, so get ready for some more wild weather.

While most of us will be battening down the hatches and watching from the safety of dry land, some of the most intrepid windsurfers in the world will be arriving to take on the might of the Atlantic.

'Red Bull Storm Chase Mission Three' will take to the water just as everyone else runs for cover, with the event taking place at one of four spots, Hayle, Gwithian, Newquay or Penzance/ Marazion.

Read the full story here. 

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4:32pm

Here are a couple of videos from Chris Snapes of The Packet Quays during the storm... close call.

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Skinners Brewery is offering to donate 5p from every pint of its beer 'Porthleven' sold across February to the Fisherman’s Association. 

3:34pm

Boats parked on Porthleven's harbour top green whilst the replacement baulks of timber arrive to repair the inner harbour - photo from Barrie Clark 

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3:29pm

Porthleven harbour master has passed on his "tremendous thanks" to all those who downed tools and helped in the salvaging of boats from the harbour yesterday.

Farmers arrived with tractors and all those who could help left what they were doing to offer manpower to pulling the boats from the water, following the breaching of the inner harbour wall. 

Six boats were sunk as a result of the huge waves that rolled into the harbour, as due to the loss of the balks. 

Harbour master Philip Ward said he was "tremendously grateful" to all who helped, adding that the whole community pulled together. 

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2:56pm

Phil Ward, harbour master at Porthleven has asked if he can express his sincere thanks to all who downed tools and gave invaluable help yesterday with moving the boats and clearing the harbour, the farmers who brought equipment and all those who gave of their time and muscle power to move the boats.

Read more here

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2:50pm

The Environment Agency has carried out works to remove a blockage from the outfall from Loe Bar (Helston) into the sea. A digger is currently on site and has now removed material to establish some flow, enabling a partial discharge. The agency is monitoring the situation "very closely", with support from the Council.

There is also pumping taking place at Wheal Jane, supported by the Fire and Rescue service.

For the full severe weather update and more details of work underway read the full story here

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This photo from Chloe Marsland shows the hole in Coverack's sea wall - no wonder the road above it is closed! Access to the rest of the village is currently down the narrow road past the school only. 

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2:17pm

Deep foam up to the bus windows at Poldhu was not going to stop this driver: Watch the spectacular VIDEO here.

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12:50pm

'Even bigger Saturday' onslaught as biggest waves yet set to hit in 'Strike Four'. Read the full story here.

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For the top ten videos uploaded to YouTube of the Wednesday's storm in all its fury click here.

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11:17am

Our top ten gallery of storm pictures, and a puffin. See them here.

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11:16am

Porthleven counts the cost of storm damage. Read the full story and see the pictures here.

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First Great Western ‏says the Falmouth, St Ives, Newquay, Barnstaple, Gunnislake, and Looe branch lines are currently running without any weather-related disruption.

10:34am

Porthleven's clock tower is almost obliterated by a wave in this photo from Mike Lacey. 

He said yesterday: "It is absolutely wild down there with an epic swell that does not seem to be dispelling any time soon! The swell has left its mark on the clock tower, with windows blown out, the old lifeboat station has had its roof torn off and the poor boats in the harbour are being chucked around like they are made of paper.

"It really is the most ferocious storm in a long time - enjoy everyone but stay safe."

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10:30am

Cornwall Council is calling for an “urgent meeting” with government ministers about the cost of dealing with emergencies such as the recent storms.

The cost of providing the initial emergency response has already risen to more than £4 million, with the figure for carrying out longer term repairs to buildings, roads and sea and flood defences estimated at a further £10 million. 

Both these figures are set to rise in the coming days and weeks as detailed inspections of damaged areas are carried out by structural engineers and Cornwall is affected by further periods of strong winds and heavy rain.

 

Prime Minister David Cameron has already pledged to do whatever it takes to help communities in Cornwall.

He has announced an additional £100 million for flood works and Cornwall Council now wants to make sure the county gets the funds it needs.

10:14am

Due to the impending bad weather on Friday night and Saturday morning, Porkellis Moor Rowing Club is postponing its planned naming ceremony of two of its boats. 

It was to have taken place on Saturday morning at Stithians Lake, with the Right Reverend Bishop Tim Thornton, but will be rearranged to another date, yet to be announced. 

9:53am

The main B3294 road into Coverack is closed between North Corner and Brenda's Shop on the seafront, due to a large hole in the sea wall that is threatening to undermine road, which has cracks in it.

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Well done Jonathan and Emma, a superb news service, better than Radio Cornwall!!

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5:24pm

Still windy out there but we're signing off for now. But if there are any new developments we will be back.

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4:33pm

Photos from Bob Sharples show huge chunks of stone from the harbour wall that have been dumped in the middle of Harbour Road, Porthleven, making that section impassable. 

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It was all hands to help remove the boats from Porthleven Harbour before the next high tide, after the inner harbour wall was breached.

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Buildings in Porthleven have been left without tiles following the gale force winds

3:37pm

Some branch lines in Cornwall and Devon are now operating, although all lines between Exeter St Davids and Penzance remain closed. 

First Great Western remains unable to offer a  train service west of Exeter due to further overnight severe weather conditions.

It said: "We are working with Network Rail to evaluate the rail conditions in many areas.  We are unable to procure road transport as many of the roads have been affected by the weather conditions.

"We would strongly advise customers not to attempt to travel for the rest of today."

3:30pm

Part of Harbour Road in Porthleven is now closed due to giant pieces of the harbour wall being dumped in the middle of the road by the sea. 

The Old Lifeboat Station, now an art gallery, is also missing tiles that have been lifted from the roof. 

3:30pm

Severe weather update:

While the worst of the severe weather now appears to be moving away from Cornwall crews from CORMAC and the fire and rescue service are continuing to deal with a large number of weather related calls.

These include reports of fallen trees and road closures, with a number of crews dealing with ongoing issues at Cawsand and Kingsand, St Mawes, Penzance and Porthleven.  Further inspections are currently being carried out along all of the South coast.

The council’s contact centre has received 115 calls relating to weather incidents since midnight, with a further 51 calls to the fire and rescue service. 55 CORMAC crews and a number of fire and rescue pumps have been out dealing with incidents and will continue to respond to calls for assistance.

Agencies are continuing to monitor the weather situation closely and are making preparations to respond to any further periods of severe weather over the next few days.

3:26pm

Here is something we are all glad to see, the Watering Hole standing proud.

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The back of the Fishermen's Mission in Newlyn

 

 

3:14pm

More spectacular storm footage from Jon Carrol in Porthleven

This one from Nick.

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Waves were so big last night that they broke the wave height bouy off Porthleven.

 

2:47pm

Dracaena Avenue in Falmouth is closed after a massive branch from large tree on the embankment opposite Four Winds pub was brought down by the wind.

The road has been closed as power lines are also down.

There are also a number of branches in the road, with police at the scene.

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This branch is hanging over the footpath.

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2:33pm

Is this the underground bunker at County Hall
 
So not quite like we had imagined.
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2:16pm

Dracaena Av in Falmouth is closed after a large tree on the embankment at Four Winds pub was brought down by the wind at the at Grenville Road junction.

There are also a number of branches in the road, with police at the scene.

Pictures coming soon

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Anyone desperate for respite from the rain and gales may have to wait a few days.

An amber alert is now in place right through until Saturday.

Further spells of heavy and persistent rain will affect southern parts of England and south Wales from Thursday afternoon until Friday morning, and again from late Friday evening until early Saturday followed by frequent heavy showers. Gales will accompany the rain during Saturday with severe gales likely for exposed coasts in southwest England.

The public should be prepared for disruption due to flooding.

A further Atlantic frontal system will bring a band of rain quickly eastwards during Friday night and early Saturday, with the heaviest rain again likely to be across parts of southern England, followed in turn by heavy showers.

Another 10-20 mm of rain and locally 30 mm will fall in the Amber area, leading to further flooding. Winds will also be a feature during Friday night and Saturday with severe gales possible around coasts in the southwest of England.

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2:08pm

The latest estimate for the cost of the flooding and bad weather in Cornwall is around £14 million, according to Cornwall Council cabinet member Alex Folkes.

However this amount is likely to rise further as wild weather continues to barrel towards Cornwall over the coming days.

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1:41pm

There are reports that Manaccan School on the Lizard Peninsula has been closed due to a loss of electricity.

It is understood power cables have fallen into the road between the village hall and Tregonwell Farm

1:37pm

While the worst of the severe weather now appears to be moving away from Cornwall, crews from Cormac and the fire and rescue service are continuing to deal with a large number of weather related calls.

These include reports of fallen trees and road closures, with a number of crews dealing with ongoing issues at Cawsand and Kingsand, St Mawes, Penzance and Porthleven.  Further inspections are currently being carried out along all of the South coast.

Cornwall Council’s contact centre has received 115 calls relating to weather incidents since midnight, with a further 51 calls to the fire and rescue service. A total of 55 Cormac crews and a number of fire and rescue pumps have been out dealing with incidents and will continue to respond to calls for assistance.

Agencies are continuing to monitor the weather situation closely and are making preparations to respond to any further periods of severe weather over the next few days.

1:20pm

More photos from Packet photographer Christine Hosey, showing the battle to get the boats from Porthleven Harbour before they sink - but for one it is too late...

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The boats are being winched from the water

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It was too late for this boat, which has already been claimed by the water

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One of the rescued boats being loaded onto a trailer to be removed for safe keeping

1:15pm

Great photo of Coverack by Chloe Marsland, showing the height of the waves over the seaweed strewn road

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12:54pm

Sorry for the gap, it seems the storm is playing havoc with thepacket.co.uk internet connection. But we are back and it seems to be holding.

Here is the damage at Newlyn Green this morning.

12:01pm

The number of boats reported to have sunk in Porthleven harbour has risen to seven, with the harbour master describing it as "horrendous" and saying he had "never seen anything like it".

Boats sinking in Porthleven harbour

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11:58am

Good news - the A394 in Marazion has RE-OPENED in both directions at the B3280 junction, following an earlier fallen tree.

11:57am

Western Promenade Road in Penzance is closed in both directions between the Battery Road junction and the New Road junction, because of strong winds and flooding.

11:57am

Reports that Penlee Park and Penlee House Gallery & Museum will be closed all day today because of the extent of damage to trees

11:44am

Porthleven is awash, with major problems in the harbour, here is a video by design gurus Boex, that are based in the port.

11:35am

Spare a thought for Cornwall's firefighters this morning as they deal with a raft of storm related damage.

Fire appliances throughout the county have been extremely busy with emergency calls to various reported incidents.

We have attended flooding in the Perranporth, St Mawes, Torpoint and Millendreath area.

Assisted with reports of trees fallen, electrical cables down and dangerous structures in the Falmouth, Troon, and Hayle areas.

11:30am

Here is a video of Castle Beach Cafe taking on the storm, taken by our intrepid, and now damp, senior reporter Helen.

11:23am

Looks like The Watering Hole on Perranporth Beach had a little divine intervention.

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11:19am

Here is a little travel up date: The St Ives, Falmouth, Newquay, Gunnislake & Barnstaple lines are open and running. But, the Looe line remains closed due to the weather.

 

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Falmouth round-up:

Swanpool Beach has been spread across the road, with workers cleaning up and storm warchers snapping pics.

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Meanwhile this tree came down at Fox Rosehill Gardens, with workers on scene quickly to clear up and make the scene safe.

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11:14am

Two more of Porthleven from Christine Hosey -  one showing a cannon teetering dangerously close to the harbour edge, having been pushed there by the wind, plus the inner harbour being exposed to the waves due to the balk failing. 

The emergency services are at the scene and boats are being lifted out of the water in a bid to stop them sinking, with up to seven already gone. 

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Great pictures from Packet photographer Christine Hosey showing the extent of the waves in Porthleven this morning. 

She describes the boats in the harbour as being "tossed around like toys", adding: "A still photo doesn't do it justice."

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11:02am

Earlier flooding on the road between the Playing Place junction and the Carnon Downs junction has now CLEARED.

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Coastguards have cordened off the coastal path at Swanpool, leading down to the beach. Lots of water on the road, which was closed while diggers cleared sand dumped there by the sea. 

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Roots have lifted on large tree on Melvill Road - fears it could fall onto the road in another gust of wind. 

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PICTURES: The cafe at Castle Beach is being hit by waves, but looks to have survived the onslaught.

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10:43am

Cormac and firefighters are continuing to deal with a large number of weather related calls. 

There are reports of fallen trees at Poughill, near Bude, Seaton and the road between Constantine and Penryn . Crews from Cormac are on their way to deal with these issues. 

The A390 at Lostwithiel is currently closed.  There are also reports of flooding in a number of areas, with problems in Polkerris and Fowey and up to 35 properties flooded in the Looe area.   Coastguard and fire and rescue crews are in attendance in these areas.

There are  reports of further damage in Penzance, with teams currently inspecting the damage to South Quay.  Crews from Cormac, the fire and rescue service, the police and the coastguard remain in attendance at Cawsand and Kingsand where they are providing support. 

There are also issues with the pier at St Mawes.  The road has been closed by the police while the situation is being assessed and members of the public are being asked to avoid the area. 

Two further schools – Leedstown and St Hilary School - have also closed as a result of power problems.   

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There are unconfirmed reports that the number of boats sunk in Porthleven harbour has reached six or seven. 

10:32am

Devon and Cornwall Police is continuing to work with partners across the force area in responding to overnight storms.

Multi-agency teams are working across the region to deal with a large amount of calls relating to road debris, damage to property and flooding.

The train track and railway station at Dawlish has suffered severe damage overnight and high tide is currently being experienced in the area. Police are asking people not to travel to Dawlish in order to look at the scene and allow emergency services to do everything possible to help local residents.

People are also asked to stay away from coastal areas where waves may well cause damage to vehicles.

In Plymouth The Hoe is experiencing large waves and damage to some properties. Officers are currently working with the local authority to make the area as safe as possible.

Cornwall saw damage and debris overnight and remains in recovery this morning.

There remains a host of minor road closures throughout the region due to road debris and fallen trees. Motorists are warned to "expect the unexpected" on rural roads and drive according to road conditions.

Flood water should also be avoided and speeds should be lowered on the region’s main road network.

10:27am

There are no trains in or out of Cornwall this morning, with First Great Western also unable to offer a road service. 

In a statement on its website, posted this morning, the company said: "All lines between Exeter St Davids and Penzance are now closed.

"We are unable to offer a  train service west of Exeter St Davids towards Penzance due to further overnight severe weather conditions. We are working with Network Rail to evaluate the rail conditions in many areas.

"We are unable to  procure road transport as many of the roads have been affected by the weather conditions.

"We would strongly advise customers not to attempt to travel for the rest of today."

10:23am

Amazing shot of Poldhu Bridge from Packet photographer Allan McLaren - the foam from the sea looks like snow!

Falmouth Packet:

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10:15am

This half built house in Helston suffered in the storms last night

Falmouth Packet:

10:13am

BREAKING: Boats are sinking in Porthleven as the parts of the harbour get washed out to sea.

The baulks (a giant piece of wood) that separate the inner and outer harbour have gone, thought to have washed out to sea, meaning the inner harbour has lost its defence.

The cannon close to the Ship Inn also looks close to toppling into the sea, having been moved "dangerously close" to the edge by the strong wind.

One Packet reader said: "I've never, every seen waves so big. It's horrendous."

Here is a video of the storm, and you can see why the harbour took such a battering

10:07am

Some good news, as The Watering Hole at Perranporth remains standing this morning.

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10:04am

BREAKING: Boats are sinking in Porthleven as the parts of the harbour get washed out to sea.

The baulks (a giant piece of wood) that separate the inner and outer harbour have gone, thought to have washed out to sea, meaning the inner harbour has lost its defence. 

The cannon close to the Ship Inn also looks close to toppling into the sea, having been moved "dangerously close" to the edge by the strong wind.

One Packet reader said: "I've never, every seen waves so big. It's horrendous."

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UPDATE: Agencies are continuing to deal with reports of damage and flooding from across Cornwall as a result of the severe weather.

As well as addressing the issue of the minor roads blocked by fallen trees last night, CORMAC crews and the fire and rescue service are dealing with reports of damage to the harbours at Porthleven and St Mawes and Penzance , and flooding at Perranporth and further fallen trees at Hayle and Falmouth and St Columb Major near Winnards Perch.

There are also further problems at Kingsand and at Cawsand where there are reports of damage to the Clock Tower and the Institution building at Kingsand and a house which is in danger of collapsing into the sea.  Teams from CORMAC, the fire and rescue service, the police and the coastguards are on the scene.  Further teams from CORMAC are also on route to make safe the homes damaged by last night’s severe weather.  A rest centre has now been opened at Maker with Rame Village Hall for any residents who may have to leave their homes. 


The latest report from the MET office forecasts further strong winds today, with heavy rain.  This is expected to ease towards the end of the day, but more heavy rain is expected on Thursday morning and then a further period of strong winds and heavy rain on Friday evening into Saturday.

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Here is a bit of a live traffic update:

A30 at Carland Cross partially blocked due to accident, double decker bus involved.

Mount Wise Newquay: Road closed and delays expected due to fallen house roof in the road.

Floodon the B3297 at Four Lanes.

Playing Place is flooded.

King Harry Ferry Cornwall: All sailings cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

9:47am

9:46am

Rumours of an underground bunker at county hall... I am thinking this

Falmouth Packet:

9:34am

Truro City's ground has been damaged by the high winds. Watch the video here.

 

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9:31am

Flood alerts are in place on a number of rivers, and there is a severe flood warning in place for the south Cornwall costs and a flood alert for the north Cornwall coast. High tides are due from around 8.20 am  in Newlyn to 9.25 am in Plymouth and all agencies are on stand by to deal with coastal flooding. 

More than 25 crews from CORMAC Solutions Ltd and up to 25 fire and rescue pumps (around 150 fire fighters) dealt with a large number of calls from across Cornwall throughout yesterday evening. Among the worst affected areas were Newlyn and Penzance, Looe, Mevagissey and Fowey and Kingsand where Cormac crews had to cut down trees to gain access for the emergency services. 

There are reports of more than 100 fallen trees and problems with damaged power cables. While CORMAC crews have dealt with trees on the main roads, some minor roads are still blocked and people are being asked to take care as they travel to work and school this morning.  There is also a report of a landslip affecting the road between Duloe and Sandplace which is currently closed. 

There are currently two schools closed as a result of the weather – Ludgvan School and St Mawes School .

9:30am

Newlyn has taken a battering as well

 

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9:25am

Trains out of Cornwall are going to be tricky, just look at this damage to the line at Dawlish

 

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9:21am

This is the football stand at Truro City

Falmouth Packet:

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Update on disruption: The latest report from the Environment Agency is predicting waves of between 8-10 metres likely to affect the south coast of Cornwall.  Agencies are monitoring the situation closely and have crews ready to respond to any flooding caused by the high tides. .

Crews from Cormac continue to deal with reports of fallen trees and damage to roads.  All the main A roads are now open, apart from the A374 at Sheviock which is closed due to a fallen tree. There are reports of more fallen trees on the road between Seaton and Downderry, at Hessenford and at Par Moor .  Cormac crews are on site at all these locations.  There are also reports of more damage at Penzance, with an inspection due to take place at South Quay.  Tregony Bridge is now open to traffic and a crew is on the way to check the overall situation at St  Mawes.  Crews from CORMAC and Fire and Rescue are also on the way to Kingsand to check the latest situation and provide support.

Structural and coastal engineers on the way to key locations now to follow the tide down and inspect structures.

Fire and Rescue crews are on standby and are currently dealing with calls re flooding at St Mawes and Perranporth.

Further updates will be provided as the situation changes .

9:07am

Penzance is taking a battering from the waves as well.

9:04am

Reports that the inner lock gates at Porthleven harbour were breached by the waves, with boats under the water.

Here is a video of the storm, and you can see why the harbour took such a battering

9:04am

Morning, Jonathan here bringing all the info we get get about last night's storm and the big clean up. Get in touch via thepacket.co.uk, on Twitter @thepacket, email me on jonathan.millar@packetseries.co.uk or call on 01326 213 328.

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9:43pm

Weather reports at RNAS Culdrose in Helston at 8pm this evening showed gusts of 70mph.

9:39pm

People are being forced from their homes as a result of the storms. In Kingsand in south east Cornwall 50 people have had to be evacuated. 

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Much of the extreme wind experienced earlier this evening has died down, but forecasters are warning it could be the calm before the (next) storm.

A yellow weather warning remains in place from the Met Office this evening, high winds and some gales forecast, particularly in coastal areas. 

Rain in the south west will continue north-eastwards, becoming heavy at times. It is due to clear in the east through the early hours, with scattered heavy showers following from the west. 

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Gusts of 60 to 70 mph are expected in many coastal areas, perhaps reaching 80 mph in a few of the most exposed spots in southwest England. Further inland, gusts of 50 to 60 mph are more likely.

"Strong winds may cause some disruption, particularly due to fallen trees. Large waves may again give rise to coastal flooding.

"In addition, many places will see 10 to 20 mm of rain, perhaps around 30 mm over hills, which may cause additional flooding.  Some particularly heavy squally bursts are expected late evening in parts of southwest England and south Wales.

"The public should be aware of the potential for disruption due to this combination of weather hazards."

9:28pm

Police officers are having to be sent to the Hoe in Plymouth over reports that some people are putting themselves at risk. Stay indoors people!

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First Great Western has this evening suspended all train services between Exeter St Davids and Penzance, due to the weather conditions in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

The company issued a statement on its website at 9pm stating: "Due to deteriorating rail and road conditions across the area we are advising customers not to travel for the rest of today."

9:14pm

Reports that the taffic lights on the A390 at Fore Street, St. Blazey are without power so approach with caution.

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An estimated 15,000 homes have been affected by power cuts in the region this evening, it has been reported

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Devon and Cornwall police has set up its gold command centre to help respond to the "significant weather" hitting Cornwall and Devon. 

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8:51pm

High Street in St Keverne is blocked near The Square junction, because of a fallen tree. Approach with care.

8:51pm

B3293 closed in both directions between Helston and Garras, because of a fallen tree.

8:50pm

One lane is blocked on the A30 westbound between Chiverton Cross Roundabout in Blackwater and Redruth, because of "numerous" trees in the road. Approach with care.

8:50pm

There are fallen power cables on the A3074 St Ives Road in both directions in Carbis Bay, around the Polmennor Drive junction. A diversion is in operation, via Polwithen Drive.

8:49pm

The A3078 in Tregony is closed in both directions between the Frog Lane  junction and the Ruan Lanihorne junction, because of a fallen tree and fallen power cables.

8:48pm

The A390 in Grampound is blocked in both directions around the Mill Lane junction, because of a fallen tree.

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8:42pm

Further to earlier reports, it is the A394 at Sithney Common Hill, just up the road from the Old Cattle Market in Helston, that is blocked in both ways near the Newham Lane junction because of a fallen tree.

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8:32pm

Fire appliances from Falmouth have assisted with a "dangerous structure" and a fallen tree caused by high winds in the Emslie Road and Goldenbank Road areas of Falmouth. Both scenes were secured by Fire Personnel.

8:32pm

Are you without power or affected by the storms? Let us know by commenting below or emailing editorial@packetseries.co.uk

8:31pm

Over 400 homes are without power in the Alverton area of Penzance with Western Power saying it's engineers are working to reconnect the power. Western Power said: "Apologies to customers in TR postcodes Penzance, Redruth and many surrounding areas. We hope to restore power by 00:00 tonight."

8:31pm

The road from Perranporth to St Agnes and at Four Lanes outside the school have flooded.

8:30pm

One appliance from Truro was mobilised to reports of fallen tree that had also bought down a live power cable at Tregavethan. Fire crews stood by at the scene providing fire cover until they were able to hand over the scene to Western Power.

8:29pm

The promenade at Penzance is described as being particularly dangerous, with high seas lashing against the surrounding buildings - avoid wherever possible.

8:29pm

There are also reports of a tree down near the Old Cattle Market in Helston, on the Penzance road. 

8:28pm

A tree down is down on the road to Porthleven. Although it is passable drivers are urged to be careful in the dark. The usual route past the Penrose Estate is already closed due to long-term road works.

8:27pm

Large tree down near Constantine making village almost impossible to reach. The road has been described as a "death trap" by one Packet reader.

8:26pm

Tree blocking road between Budock Water and Pendra Loweth

8:26pm

The strong winds are already causing problems with reports of power outages, fallen trees and even a shop with its windows blown in.

Here are the reports as we got them...

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3:37pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Ansome says...

Well done Jonathan and Emma, a superb news service, better than Radio Cornwall!!

Paul Hosbon
Well done Jonathan and Emma, a superb news service, better than Radio Cornwall!! Paul Hosbon Ansome

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