Weather warnings in force as storms continue
The Met Office has issued a series of weather warnings for the Westcountry this week with today’s blustery winds and heavy rain expected to continue.
Yellow alerts for heavy rain – which warn of possible disruption with the risk of localised flooding – have been issued for tomorrow, Thursday and Friday.
A similar warning was in force today as motorists faced a difficult driving conditions with surface water on many of the region’s roads and gale force winds around the coast.
Floods were reported on Newquay Road, at Goonhavern, in Cornwall, and on Embankment Road, in Plymouth while Exeter Road in Newton Abbot was blocked in both directions this morning because of a fallen tree.
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A spokesman for the Met Office said a series of fronts would move across the region throughout the week.
He said: “Periods of heavy rain will continue to affect many south western parts of the UK during Tuesday, bringing a risk of minor disruption due to river and surface water flooding.
“Total rainfall during Monday and Tuesday will exceed 60mm (2.4ins) in the wettest spots, mostly over higher ground, with many places seeing 20-30 mm (0.8-1.2ins).
“The more persistent rain will clear to showery conditions during Tuesday afternoon, though there is uncertainty over precise timings of this clearance.”
Some respite is expected on Wednesday before the storms return.
The Met Office said: “Although there is some uncertainty over timing, further bands of persistent and occasionally heavy rain are expected to spread to parts of South West England and Wales later on Thursday and continue to spread north and east overnight.
“Following recent weather this additional rainfall brings a continuing risk of minor disruption due to river and surface water flooding.
“Two day totals in the wetter areas, especially hillier locations, may reach 40mm and locally 60mm. Clearer but still showery weather should spread to at least southern areas during Friday.”
The forecast prompted the Environment Agency issue to issue five river flood alerts on Exmoor, North Dartmoor and South Devon. Alerts were also in place for the rivers Teign and Dart.
The agency said the risk of flooding was “low” over the next 24 hours. It added: “There is a low risk of river and surface water flooding across Devon and Cornwall and a low risk of surface water flooding in other parts of south west of England.
“On Tuesday there is a low risk of river and surface water flooding across much of South West England and south Wales. The forecast flood risk remains very low for all other areas today and tomorrow, and for all of England and Wales on Wednesday.”