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Nearly 2 inches of rain in parts of Westcountry

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: June 09, 2012

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The Westcountry was battered by storm force winds and deluged with almost two inches of rain in some areas, figures out yesterday showed.

The Met Office said the highest wind speeds of 60mph were recorded at Mount Batten in Plymouth and RNAS Culdrose, near Helston, in West Cornwall.

Devon bore the brunt of the wet weather with Dunkeswell seeing 45.6mm (1.8in) of rain in the last two days and Okehampton 42.4mm (1.7in). In Cornwall, 32.4mm (1.3in) was recorded at Cardinham, near Bodmin, and 30.2mm (1.2in) at Camborne.

"It has been fairly unusual for this time of year," a spokesman for the Met Office said yesterday.

"We had got a large area of deep pressure which has come in from the Atlantic which brought the very strong winds and heavy rain to the South West and parts of Wales."

The storm eased during the day yesterday although winds were still gusting at around 50mph. The Met Office said it would ease today with winds dropping to 20-30mph.

The spokesman added: "It is going to be a mixture of sunshine and showers over the weekend, although on Sunday there will be some more rain around."

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