Cornwall felt the strain of Storm Emma yesterday after several shops in Falmouth and Penryn suffered a shortage of essential products.

Falmouth Spar, located on Albany Road, sold out of milk before 8am on Thursday morning, while Penryn Asda and Falmouth Sainsbury’s both sold out of vegetables.

The shortages come after Storm Emma hammered parts of the UK with strong winds and snow, with the South West of England placed on an unusually high red weather warning for snow.

Social media users tried to see the funny side on Thursday, with some offering to sell their rare loaves of bread to the highest bidder…

Cornwall was not alone in it’s shortages of fresh produce caused by Storm Emma, with social media users from other locations across the UK complaining about the lack of milk and bread.


In addition to food shortages gas is also reported to be at a low, with the National Grid saying there may not be enough supplies to meet demand in the UK.

In a press statement released yesterday, the Met Office said: “The warning is for a combination of widespread heavy snow and very strong easterly winds bringing blizzard conditions and drifting.

“Red warnings are issued when it is highly likely that the weather will cause a high level of impact. This is the second red snow warning issued this week but only the third the Met Office has issued since the current warning system came into force in 2011.”