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Weather warning and flood alerts in place across Devon and Cornwall

By e_glanfield  |  Posted: August 05, 2012

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A weather warning remains in place for Devon and parts of Cornwall today as heavy rain continues to fall across the Westcountry.

The Met Office has upgraded its heavy rain weather warning to amber as flooding continues to affect some parts of Devon.

The Exeter-based forecasters had initially put a yellow-graded warning of rain in place across Devon and South-East Cornwall from 9am today until 10pm tonight.

However, an amber warning is now in place across East, Mid and North Devon, meaning residents should 'be prepared' for heavy rainfall and localised flooding.

Heavy showers are expected to continue throughout the day, with the risk of thunder and hail also possible in places.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Slow-moving, torrential downpours will occur today, some of them thundery, with the risk of hail and strong winds."

“There is a high risk of more than 15mm falling in one hour locally, with a few locations receiving over 40mm in a three-hour period.

“The public should be aware of the risk of surface water flooding and possible disruption to transport.”

Forecasters said the poor weather conditions were due to an area of low pressure which is moving slowly towards the North East from the South West.

The Environment Agency has issued several flood alerts for the two regions.

The alerts mean flooding is possible at the upper River Tamar, in the Torridge area and in the Barnstaple, Braunton, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin areas.

It is the second weather warning in as many days for the South West.

A warning of heavy rain was in place for Saturday afternoon for Mid and North Devon, Dartmoor and parts of South-East Cornwall as localised showers caused flooding.

Firefighters from across the region dealt with numerous reports of flooding at properties in the Bideford and Holsworthy areas.

Several properties were flooded inside and crews attended to pump water out.

Elsewhere, firefighters from Cornwall rescued two people who were trapped in a car in flood water.

Crews from Bude pushed the car out of 1ft of flood water after it became stuck on the A3072 between Bude and Holsworthy.

Have you been affected by flooding? Let us know and send your weather pictures to emma.glanfield@northcliffedigital.co.uk.

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