#AceWeatherReport – July.30: Falmouth Coastguard said it received calls about more than 20 incidents off the Isles of Scilly overnight……
#AceWeatherDesk reports on Storm #Evert: Strong winds and heavy rain cause disruption as Bagg Robinson Lifeboats and the Maritime Coastguard Agency helicopter rescued a number of people from yachts:
The Met Office issued a yellow wind warning for the region, including gusts of up to 75mph (121km/h).
The Met Office said it expected winds to ease from about 07:00 BST on Friday.
Falmouth Coastguard Paddy Cochran said many of the 22 incidents included rescuing people from their yachts.
“When you’re on board your yacht and you’re being blown towards rocks, it becomes life-threatening very, very quickly,” he said.
There have also been reports of fallen trees blocking some roads in Cornwall on Friday.
An amber warning for Cornwall had initially been issued by the Met Office for Thursday night.
Some campsites had relocated guests to try to protect them against the elements, while others were prompted to pack up and leave.
Alice Cresswell and her family, who had come to Perranporth from London, were forced to spend the night in the car after their tent was destroyed.
“It’s been a stressful night. We’ve been in the car all night, cold,” she told the BBC.
“We had to escape the tent because it collapsed in the early hours of the morning.
“It was really scary – it was shaking a lot. We just weren’t prepared for it.”Campers were forced to abandon their tents because of gale force winds
Another camper, Matthew Szczepkowski, said the gale force winds had made his night “absolutely horrendous”.
“The car was moving, everything was blowing about, it was just non-stop,” he said.
“I thought this morning it might have died down, but obviously it hasn’t, it’s even worse.”
The highest gust recorded so far was 69mph (111km/h) in St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly, the Met Office said.
Tom MatthewsStaff at Bryher campsite worked through the night to keep guests safe
Bryher Campsite on the Isles of Scilly was forced to move some campers into a community hall overnight.
“We have had the campsite for six years, it’s the worst storm we’ve ever had,” said its owner Tom Matthews.
“The strength of the wind and the gusts last night was just something else.
“When it’s weather like that and the potential of people in danger we have to do what we have to do.”
People are also being warned to avoid any early-morning swims.
“It’s a risk you don’t need to take,” said Cornwall Coastguard James Instance.
“If the sea is looking choppy, rough, different to what it normally would, there could well be rip currents which could get you into difficulty.”
#AceWeatherDesk report ……Published: July.30: 2021:
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