With the Met Office forecasting that ‘Storm Brian’ has the potential to bring strong winds and large coastal waves to Cornwall later today (Friday) and tomorrow, Cornwall Council is on alert and liaising with other agencies to take action if necessary.
During this evening and especially on Saturday, a windy spell of weather is expected across all areas, especially over hills, moors and coasts. The winds will blow in from between the south and southwest for much of the day, changing during Saturday evening to blowing in from between the southwest and west. Around coasts the wind will be strongest with gusts typically around 50- – 60 mph which could lead to large waves, swell and surge.
The advice is to keep safe and stay away from the coast, beaches, sea walls, promenades and piers.
Driving conditions could be difficult, especially for towed and high sided vehicles, motorcyclists and cyclists.
Tree debris and even a few fallen trees are possible and there may be flying debris. The winds could also affect temporary structures like tents, marquees, trampolines, bins and wooden fences, as well as outdoor activities and events.
The public are advised to take extra care near the coasts, especially at high tide, on beaches, sea walls, promenades where there is the potential for coastal wave overtopping and spray which may affect coastal roads.
The advice is
· drive according the prevailing conditions and not to take unnecessary risks
· avoid walking along the coast path and by cliff edges during the strong winds unless absolutely necessary.
· if you are wave watching, don’t put yourself in danger by standing too close to quay sides and harbours; please keep a safe distance from the sea as large waves can travel a considerable distance up the shoreline.
All the agencies are monitoring the situation closely and are on standby to act.
You can report highway issues, like fallen trees blocking the highway and floods on roads, by calling 0300 1234 222 – press 1.
If you are in an emergency situation, please call 999.