Council Warning Scillonians To Batten Down The Hatches

porthcressa storm 3The islands’ Council is warning Scillonians to prepare for storm force winds of between 60 and 80 mph, which could affect us from midnight on Sunday evening until late Monday afternoon.

In a statement on their website they say there could be damage to trees, buildings and power lines together with a risk of flying debris.

And they advise that they have no statutory duty to provide sandbags. That’s a home or business owners’ responsibility.

For the first time in 7 years, the Scillonian III will go to Falmouth after sailing back to Penzance this afternoon, to ride out the storm.

Kevin Ayres from the Steamship Company says a combination of low water from neap tides and the strong winds expected means they can’t use their safe berth at the Albert Pier without the risk of not being able to get the boat out in time for Tuesday’s sailing.

He says the silting caused by a lack of dredging there means that access would be more difficult.

Today’s sailing from Scilly has been brought forward to 1pm and Monday’s service has been cancelled. The company is advising Skybus passengers to consider changing their plans due to the risk of disruption.



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