CORNWALL Council has declared a major incident after a Red Weather Warning was issued for parts of Cornwall for tomorrow (Friday) when Storm Eunice is due to arrive.
The Council and its partners are working together to prepare and are ready to respond to reports of damage, and those in positions of authority should be prepared to be contacted by members of their community who are looking for leadership and support.
Storm Eunice is set to bring damaging winds across the whole of the peninsula, with the worst affected areas, including the whole of the North Cornwall coast, seeing the Red Warning issued for between 7am and noon.
In addition, the whole of the peninsula is also under an Amber Weather Warning for strong winds and disruption from 5am to 9pm.
Residents are being advised not to travel unless absolutely necessary, and to stay away from exposed coastal areas.
The Met Office warnings, the two highest levels that can be issued, means there is a risk to life from flying debris. Other impacts could include:
• extremely high winds, with gusts of up to 80/90mph even 100mph around the coast and beaches especially around high tide (7am Friday morning);
• widespread and major disruption to travel, with all forms of travel impacted (road, rail, air, sea, ferry);
• structural damage;
• mobile homes being overturned;
• communications and power outages;
• uprooted trees;
• very hazardous conditions for the public;
• temporary structures (e.g., trampolines) being lifted and blown onto roads and railways;
• large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and homes, including flooding of some coastal properties.
All non-essential roadworks across Cornwall are being placed on hold for the day, with the teams made available for clear-up duties as required.
Cornwall Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres at St Erth, Newquay, Tintagel, Bude, Truro, Dudnance, United Mines, Launceston and Bodmin will be closed tomorrow morning until at least noon.
Schools are being provided with the latest forecasts, and decisions on whether to open will be made on an individual basis. Parents and carers are advised to check with their local school for the latest information. A list of schools that have notified the Council of their intention not to open is on the Council website.
Cllr Martyn Alvey, cabinet member for the environment and climate change, said: “This is still an evolving situation, but we are expecting an extremely powerful winter storm, so our message to residents is to ensure you stay up to date with the forecast, and to avoid all non-essential travel during the storm.
“We are working with our partners to prepare and to ensure we are ready to react to any possible impacts. We are urging people to stay away from the coast, as large waves and high winds are a dangerous combination.”
The Council is also activating its Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) to provide emergency accommodation for rough sleepers. If you see, or know of, anyone sleeping rough call 0300 1234 161.
To report flooding, contact the Environment Agency Incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60 (24 hour).
For advice and guidance on protecting yourself and your home from flooding, please call the Environment Agency’s Floodline on 0345 988 1188 (24 hour).
For travel updates, please use social media, for rail, contact National Rail Enquiries online or on 03457 48 49 50.
If you wish to report damage to roads or pavements that is causing an immediate danger, or roads blocked by fallen trees, please call the council on 0300 1234 222 (24 hour).
If you find yourself in a situation where you believe you are in danger, please call 999