Storm Eunice chaos: Falling tree crushes lorry on major road as power cables obliterated

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The fallen tree, on the A38 in the Glynn Valley between Bodmin and Liskeard, has forced the road’s closure in both directions from the A390 at the Island Shop junction to the B3252 at Trethawle, Inrix has confirmed.

The traffic and travel monitoring system said: “A38 in both directions closed, slow traffic due to fallen power cables and fallen tree from A390 (Island Shop Junction, Liskeard ) to B3252 (Trethawle).

“A tree has come down and landed on a parked lorry, also taking down a set of power cables. The road has been closed since just after 08:15.”

It is one among a series of incidents caused by Storm Eunice, which is keeping millions across the country at home after the Met Office upgraded a severe weather warning due to extremely strong wind gusts for parts of southwest England and south Wales to red — the highest level — on Thursday.

More than 8,000 homes in Cornwall and nearly 7,000 homes in Devon are without power.

Western Power said engineers were working to restore supplies.

Devon and Cornwall County Councils have advised people against unnecessary travel and many schools across the region are closed.

The current weather warning is in place until 12:00 GMT on Friday, with predicted gusts of up to 90mph posing a danger to life from flying debris.

There are also concerns Storm Eunice could bring coastal flooding to the west, south-west and south coast of England, while the River Severn has been labelled an area of concern, too.

The RNLI is warning people to be careful at the coast where winds are expected to hit 90mph.

“Those communities that we were anticipating may be badly impacted seemed to have got away fairly lightly although certainly there may have been some minor incidents still to come into us.”

He told the BBC: “Our main concern now is trees down, power outages, debris being blown and of course trying to encourage people to stay home unless absolutely necessary.

“What we don’t want is people out on the roads where they may be hit by flying debris or indeed pedestrians so unless you’ve absolutely got to go out to do essential work then we are still asking people to stay at home.”


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