Flood warnings across Devon and Cornwall after night of heavy rain

Date: 1970-01-01 00:00:00

Several flood warnings and alerts have been issued for Devon and Cornwall after a whole night of heavy rain.

Heavy flooding started last night in Cornwall, where it caused chaos on most roads.

A yellow warning for thunderstorms was issued for Devon, Cornwall and Dorset was issued for the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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The Met Office said: “There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds. Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.”

There are flood warnings for the River Avon Flooding and flooding isis expected from Didworthy to Aveton Gifford and at South Brent, Avonwick and Aveton Gifford.

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The warnings read: “Properties and low lying areas in South Brent, Avonwick, Brushford and Manor House near Diptford, Gara Bridge, Loddiswell and Aveton Gifford will start to flood first. Flood waters may be deep and fast flowing in these areas. Residents are strongly urged to take action now. Remain safe and be aware of your local surroundings.”



River Erme flooded on Wednesday

Several alerts, which are urging residents to be prepared in case of flooding, have been issued for the River Plym and Tory Brook, west Cornwall rivers, the River Yealm, the South Devon coast from Start Point to Dawlish Warren and South Devon Rivers.

The government’s flood information service is expecting rivers to remain high this morning.

“Flooding to low lying land and roads close to the rivers is expected,” a spokesperson said.

“Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions.”


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Met Office weather forecast for the South West

Today:

A band of showery rain will spread eastwards during the morning, turning heavy and thundery in places. It is likely to turn to drier for a time around the middle of the day, before rain returns later in the day. Maximum temperature 17 °C.

Tonight:

A wet evening as a band of heavy rain moves eastwards, accompanied by strong winds. The rain will clear by midnight, but further rain arrives from the north by dawn. Minimum temperature 8 °C.

Thursday:

A cloudy and damp start, but skies quickly brightening, leaving many with a dry and sunny day with a few showers in the west. Feeling much colder than of late. Maximum temperature 13 °C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Friday will be largely dry but again feeling rather cold. It then turns milder as we head into the weekend, with bands of rain accompanied by stronger winds moving in.

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