What the Dick­ens?

Cop­per­field film crew have wind ma­chine de­liv­ered in stormy weather

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News - RICHARD BACHE news@west­erndai­ly­press.co.uk

THE West was lashed by Storm Callum yes­ter­day, spark­ing trans­port de­lays, power cuts and the risk of flood­ing.

But one group had either failed to check the fore­cast - or in­deed open the front door - as they had or­dered a wind ma­chine.

A film crew shoot­ing a Charles Dick­ens film on the coast were spot­ted with the wind ma­chine yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The film­mak­ers are be­lieved to be shoot­ing scenes for The Per­sonal His­tory of David Cop­per­field, an up­com­ing movie writ­ten and di­rected by Ar­mando Ian­nucci.

Film­ing on lo­ca­tion in Charlestown, Corn­wall, the crew de­cided to bring a wind ma­chine to fake stormy con­di­tions.

But the wind ma­chine could be seen spin­ning of its own ac­cord as strong winds from Storm Callum bat­tered the area.

Tom Last, a pho­tog­ra­pher for Corn­wall Live, said: “The weather is pretty full on by Charlestown stan­dards.

“The wind ma­chine is from the set of David Cop­per­field and is it­self be­ing turned by the wind!

“I was get­ting ab­so­lutely hammered by wind and rain and the cam­era was get­ting flooded pretty quickly.”

A dan­ger to life warning was is­sued by the Met Of­fice as Storm Callum swept in from the At­lantic.

One of the main roads be­tween North Devon and West Som­er­set was closed by po­lice af­ter a car­a­van over­turned in high winds.

The A39 be­tween Lyn­mouth in North Devon and Por­lock was im­pass­able af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

Mean­while, a num­ber of flights were di­verted away from Bris­tol Air­port due to the storm and re­stric­tions were put in place on the Sev­ern cross­ings.

High­ways of­fi­cials urged mo­torists to take care.

Chris­tian Mor­gan, Net­work Op­er­a­tions Man­ager in High­ways Eng­land’s South West re­gion, said: “We’re en­cour­ag­ing driv­ers to check the lat­est weather and travel con­di­tions be­fore set­ting off on jour­neys.

“In high winds, there’s a par­tic­u­lar risk to lor­ries, car­a­vans and mo­tor­bikes so we’d ad­vise driv­ers of th­ese ve­hi­cles to slow down.

“Driv­ers of other ve­hi­cles should be aware of sud­den gusts of wind, and give high-sided ve­hi­cles, car­a­vans, and mo­tor­bikes plenty of space.”

The high­est winds of the morn­ing were 77mph recorded at 7am at Capel Curig in Gwynedd, north Wales, with 76mph gusts in the Scilly Isles and 64mph at RNAS Cul­drose, in Corn­wall.

West­ern Power Dis­tri­bu­tion said more than 950 homes had been left with­out elec­tric­ity in south-west Eng­land and nearly 100 were with­out power in south Wales.

In­surer NFU Mu­tual, which in­sures over 70 per cent of UK farms and thou­sands of ru­ral homes and busi­nesses, said it was on standby to launch its emer­gency claims plan should se­ri­ous floods oc­cur.

“When ex­treme weather strikes our first pri­or­ity is to get im­me­di­ate help to peo­ple whose fam­i­lies and an­i­mals have been put at risk,” said Re­becca David­son, NFU Mu­tual ru­ral in­sur­ance spe­cial­ist.

High winds are fore­cast again for to­day, although the rain may re­lent for a pe­riod in the af­ter­noon.

It will re­main warm, with the pos­si­bil­ity of tem­per­a­tures above 20C.

Sun­day will be calmer and cooler, ac­cord­ing to fore­cast­ers.


The har­bour in Charlestown which is be­ing pre­pared for film­ing - and where a wind ma­chine, be­low, was de­liv­ered - half way through Storm Callum

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