Cornwall prepares for bad weather

The Met Office has issued a Yellow Alert for the South West

With Met Office forecasts of strong winds and heavy rain and the warning that wintry showers may bring snow and ice, Cornwall Council is warning residents to be prepared and take precautions where necessary.

Drivers are asked to take care if icy roads cause difficult conditions. The road network will be salted this evening, but not every road will be treated.

People are also being warned that high winds could cause damage to trees and disrupt power supplies, and create dangerous conditions around the coast.

We would also ask people to take care when driving during the heavy rain expected during Wednesday and Thursday, and if walking along the coast path and by cliff edges during the strong winds. While we recognise the fascination of watching the large waves people can put themselves in danger by standing too close to quay sides and harbours.

– Cllr Geoff Brown, Cabinet Member for Communities

The council has also issues warnings against the possibility of flooding.

Anyone whose property is prone to flooding should ensure they have a supply of sandbags ready to protect their home or business, and to clear their drains of leaves and blockages. Local communities have also been encouraged to check with vulnerable neighbours in case they need help.