With Met Office forecasts of strong winds and heavy rain affecting Cornwall over the 24 hours, 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 strong to gale force southwesterly winds to develop over the next few hours, with the possibility of gusts of between 50-60mph in some places. This could cause damage to branches, power lines and temporary buildings. There is also a forecast of heavy rain during the night, with the combination of gales and driving rain likely to create difficult travel conditions.

The Council is advising people to avoid walking along the coast path and by cliff edges during the strong winds. Anyone with responsibility for community Christmas lights and decorations should ensure they are properly secured against strong winds and consider turning off Christmas lights if the weather deteriorates. We would also advise checking for any damp or damage before turning them back on. Any problems should be dealt with by a qualified electrician.

Story posted 11 December 2014

Via: http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/council-news-room/media-releases/news-from-2014/news-from-december-2014/cornwall-prepares-for-strong-winds-and-rain/