Storm Ciarán live: Cornwall and Devon news including power cuts, traffic, school closures and more

  • Watch as waves batter the coast in Porthleven

Storm Ciarán has brought widespread disruption in the South West with schools closed, thousands of homes without power and major travel routes blocked.

A Met Office amber weather warning remains in place untill 11am in Cornwall and Devon. Wind speeds of almost 80mph have already been recorded in the region.

Hundreds of schools across Devon and Cornwall have been shut, and people are being advised to only travel if absolutely necessary with roads and rail lines blocked. There are also a handful of flight cancellations from Exeter and Bristol airports.

More than 8,500 homes in Cornwall have been left without power due to the conditions, the council has confirmed. Areas affected include Truro, Penzance, Camborne and Perranporth.

People in Somerset have also been warned of possible flooding following the heavy rainfall.

5pm update - Met Office weather warning

A yellow weather warning for heavy rain, covering the South West and South East of England, and Wales, will last until midnight on Thursday 2 November.

What to expect:

  • Delays or cancellations to train and bus services are possible

  • Homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings

  • Some communities may be cut off by flooded roads

  • Fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing a danger to life

5pm update - Road closures still in force


  • A358 in both directions closed due to flooding from Ilminster turn-off to The George Inn

  • A359 in both directions closed due to flooding from Chilton Cantelo turn off (Chilton Cantelo) to Adber turning (Mudford)


  • A3030 in both directions closed due to flooding between Bere Lane (Bishops Caundle) and New Lane (Caundle Marsh)


  • A3052 Axe Bridge in both directions closed due to flooding from Seaton Tramway to Axmouth turn off. A vehicle has become stuck in the flooding.

  • A358 Chard Road in both directions closed, delays due to flooding from Weycroft Bridge to All Saints turn-off.

5pm update - East Devon waste collections

An council press release said: "Collections that were suspended on Thursday, 2 November due to Storm Ciarán will instead take place on Friday and Saturday, where possible.

"Recycling will either be collected on Friday, 3 or Saturday, 4 November. If your recycling is not taken by 4pm on Saturday, this will be taken on the next scheduled collection date.

"Bulky and clinical waste will be collected on Friday, 3 November, whilst refuse (wheeled bin) and green waste will be collected on Saturday, 4 November.

"Please place your containers outside by 6am on the collection day. Collections scheduled to take place on Friday, 3 November will go ahead as normal."

11.30am update - Met Office weather warnings

The Met Office has updated its weather warnings this morning. A yellow warning for rain remains in place for the West Country until midnight tonight, Thursday 2 November. Meanwhile, the yellow wind warning will last until 5pm today.

11.30am update - Flood warnings across the region

Flood warnings remain in place across the West Country. Credit: Environment Agency

A warning from the Environment Agency means flooding is expected in your area and properties are at risk of flooding.

They say you should take action to protect yourself and your property and monitor local weather and river conditions. Avoid contact with, walking or driving through flood water. Consider activating any property flood protection products you may have.

  • Footage shows waves crashing in Plymouth as storm sweeps through region

9am update - Cornwall roads

Trees are blocking roads in Cornwall caused by the high winds which have already hit the Duchy.

The A30 at Alverton near Penzance is blocked, as well as the A390 Morlaix Avenue and A390 Union Hill in Truro. The A394 between Marazion and Goldsithney is also blocked.

Bus services in Cornwall have also been suspended due to the number of trees blocking roads.

9am update - Devon roads

The A30 in Honiton is blocked both ways due to flooding and a broken down vehicle - between Honiton Turnoff and the B3177 Fenny Bridges.

A car was washed into the sea in Sidmouth last night amid the strong winds and heavy rainfall.

Devon and Cornwall Police has since confirmed the vehicle was unattended.

More than 8,500 homes in Cornwall have been left without power due to the conditions. Credit: BPM Media

9am update - Somerset roads

All traffic is being held on the A303 Westbound from Horton Cross to the A30 in Upottery due to flooding.

The A359 at Marston Magna and Queen Camel is also closed, as well as the A37 Ilchester oad at Yeovil Marsh, the A358 in Donyatt and the A378 from Oldway Lane to the A358 Mattocks Tree Hill.

9am update - Somerset roads

  • A37 Ilchester Rd - Coppits Hill Lane to Vagg Lane

  • A358 Donyatt

  • A356 Norton Sub Hamdon

  • A378 Wrantage – affected by flooding

  • B3168 Ilton to Curry Rivel

  • Stoke Road near Stoke Sub Hamdon

  • Pitway Hill

6am update - Railways

There are no trains running in Cornwall due to fallen trees and flooding, causing more disruption for rail passengers.

In Devon, the line between Taunton and Plymouth is expected to remain closed for the rest of the day.Services will start and terminate at Bristol Temple Meads/Taunton.

Flooding on the tracks at Hele, north of Exeter means the line is closed between Taunton and Plymouth. Credit: Network Rail West

In Wiltshire, there is no service on GWR and SWR between Salisbury and Southampton Central due to the bad weather. There are also no trains running between Salisbury and Exeter St Davids.

Those travelling being advised by Great Western Railway (GWR) to check before setting off on their journeys.

A train driver took this picture during the storm of a trampoline which had blown onto the railway in Trewoon near St Austell. Credit: Twitter/ @Blazeydriver

6am update - School closures

Hundreds of schools are closed across the region to keep pupils and staff safe during the storm. Here is a full list of school closures in Devon and Cornwall.

Hundreds of schools in Cornwall are closed, including this one in St Austell.

6am update - RNLI warn to stay away from the coast

The RNLI has urged people watching the conditions to stay away from the coast.

RNLI water safety manager Ross Macleod said: "This rough weather could make visiting our coasts around southern England and Wales treacherous and bring very dangerous sea conditions.

“While people may want to experience extreme weather around the coast, we would strongly advise against doing so. It is not worth risking your life, so we urge people to respect the water and watch from a safe distance.”