Red weather warning – stay safe, don’t put yourself at risk

Feb 17, 2022 | Community News, Council News

A major incident has been declared after a red weather warning was issued for parts of Cornwall for Friday, 18th February 2022

Cornwall Council and its partners are working together to prepare and are ready to respond to reports of damage.

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, set to see the peak of the storm between 7am and noon on Friday.

This is an extremely powerful storm. We are urging you not to travel unless absolutely necessary, and to stay away from exposed coastal areas. If you do have to make an essential journey – be prepared and expect disruption with possible road closures. Keep a look out for fallen trees and debris.

The Met Office red warning, the highest level 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.

How to get help or report a problem 

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Many schools have taken the decision not to open tomorrow. You can find the latest list of school closures on Cornwall Council’s 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). Be flood aware and prepare if you can, and know what to do if your home starts to flood or call the Environment Agency 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) or use our report it form online.  If the issue relates to a fallen tree on Parish Council land,  please send an email to or message the Council’s Facebook page.

Call 105 or visit to report if you have a power cut.

If you find yourself in a situation where you believe you are in danger, please call 999.
You can report a fallen tree by calling 0300 1234 222 (24hrs).

Report an out of hours emergency, including damage to a Cornwall Housing property, highways emergencies or issues with broken or damaged bins which have the potential to cause harm or injury.

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.



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