Pirate FM – News – Ex-Hurricane causes travel disruption for Cornwall

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Ex-Hurricane Ophelia is heading towards Cornwall and she is already causing travel disruption.

Some planes and ferries have been cancelled for Monday, as the storms race across the Atlantic.

The Met Offices says gales of up 80mph could spark huge waves, down power lines and damage buildings.

You can check the latest live updates here or scroll down to plan your journey and read advice on preparing for the storms.

On the roads:

Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry:

Travel to the Isles of Scilly:

St Mawes Ferry:

Brittany Ferries:

The Met Office has issued the following ‘before, during and after advice’ for the storms:

  • Before the storm
  • Secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture or anything else that could be blown into windows and other glazing and break them.
  • Close and securely fasten doors and windows, particularly those on the windward side of the house, and especially large doors such as those on garages.
  • Park vehicles in a garage, if available; otherwise keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences.
  • Close and secure loft trapdoors with bolts, particularly if roof pitch is less than 30°.
  • If the house is fitted with storm shutters over the windows then ensure that these are closed and fastened.
  • If chimney stacks are tall and in poor condition, move beds away from areas directly below them.

During the storm

  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
  • If you do go out, try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees.
  • Keep away from the sheltered side of boundary walls and fences – if these structures fail, they will collapse on this side.
  • Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress.
  • If possible, enter and leave your house through doors in the sheltered side, closing them behind you.
  • Open internal doors only as needed, and close them behind you.
  • Take care when driving on exposed routes such as bridges, or high open roads, delay your journey or find alternative routes if possible.
  • Slow down and be aware of side winds, particular care should be taken if you are towing or are a high sided vehicle.
  • Do not drive unless your journey is really necessary.

After the storm

  • Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging.
  • Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened.
  • Make sure that any vulnerable neighbours or relatives are safe and help them make arrangements for any repairs.

Reproduced by permission of the Building Research Establishment

Check the latest traffic and travel updates for Cornwall.

6:41am 16th October 2017



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