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Met Office issues warning as winds batter Cornwall

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: May 10, 2013

Rough seas hit the Cobb at Lyme Regis, with the fishing fleet safe in the harbour  Picture: Richard Austin

Rough seas hit the Cobb at Lyme Regis, with the fishing fleet safe in the harbour Picture: Richard Austin

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Strong winds and heavy rain have swept across the Westcountry, as miserable weather looks set to dominate the next few days.

In Cornwall, south-westerly winds reached 50mph inland while gusts hit 65mph along some parts of the coast.

The Exeter-based weather agency, the Met Office, issued a yellow 'be aware' warning for "very strong" winds across the whole Duchy yesterday.

Forecasters said the winds were caused by an "unusually" deep area of low pressure, moving west from Northern Ireland.

Met Office spokesman Helen Chivers described conditions as "extremely unpleasant" with driving rain accompanying the winds.

Flights and ferries to and from the Isles of Scilly were cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

Services affected included all sailings on the St Mawes Passenger Ferry between St Mawes and Falmouth, as well the Fowey to Mevagissey ferry and the Scillonian ferry.

Treacherous conditions were experienced on the roads, with authorities being forced to issue an amber alert for high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes.

The Highways Agency warned there was an "increased risk of vehicles being blown over" on the roads. Motorists were urged to take care in cross-winds.

The unseasonal weather is set to continue this weekend with no repeat of the Bank Holiday sunshine expected.

Heavy, thundery showers are set to arrive later today setting the tone for a windy and often wet weekend in Devon and Cornwall.

Mrs Chivers said: "It's rather an unsettled picture for the weekend. It'll feel cool and at times it'll be showery.

"The heavy showers certainly won't be good news for Ten Tors although it may improve on Saturday afternoon."

Temperatures will remain on average around 14 degrees, although the strong winds may make it feel more chilly.

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