Storm Atiyah rips off supermarket roof and sends Christmas decorations flying

Storm Atiyah has wreaked havoc across the West Country, causing power cuts, forcing road closures and ripping off a supermarket roof.

The roof of a Sainsbury's was blasted off in Crooklet Road, Bude, Cornwall overnight as the region was hit with 96mph winds which brought trees crashing down and slashed the coastline with massive waves.

Police have closed Crooklets Road from Morwenna Terrace to Crooklets while structural engineers are called to inspect the building, while more strong winds are set to barrel in from the Atlantic.

Hundreds of families in the West Country have also been without power all night including homes near tourist village Port Isaac after fallen trees cut power lines.

At one point, almost 1,400 homes were cut off in the Camborne area, and over 100 properties were without power near Exeter, Devon.

Hundreds more were hit as far away as Taunton, Somerset, and Bridport, Dorset with people being warned to tie down Christmas decorations.

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Adding to the chaos, the heavy weather has caused widespread disruption on the roads.

A vehicle overturned on the A30 near historic pub, the Jamaica Inn, while a string of other roads have been blocked by fallen trees, including Totnes Road at Marldon, the A379 at Exminster and the main road between Denbury and Ogwell.

Elsewhere a landslip has closed the A377, near the B3096 Leigh Road junction as loosening soil caused trees and debris to swamp the road.

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People venturing out in the storms are warned that illuminated Santas and other decorations on houses are at risk of being ripped from walls and sent flying through the air at head height.

Home owners were urged to fasten festive decorations or take them down and bring them indoors to stop them being blown along the street.

Kernow Weather Team, based in Cornwall, warned "Due to countless amounts of rainfall, once again please be advised we may see waterlogged roads.

"In addition, surface water and spray may cause poor visibility and driving conditions.

"There will be run-off from fields, large areas of surface water and blocked drains from debris.

"Please take extra care and drive safely. Allow a little extra time for your journey if you can. Make sure those lights are on and leave plenty of room for braking distance.

"During wet conditions, braking distances will significantly increase. Double the gap between your car and the car in front when it's wet.

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"Also during strong winds and unexpected gusts, high sided vehicles can sway and veer sharply. So please watch for these and allow plenty of room for them".

People heading for Christmas parties at seaside pubs also urged to steer clear of promenades and beach side paths as huge waves lashed the coast thanks to Storm Atiyah.

Atiyahis the first 'named' storm of the Christmas and New Year season.

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