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VIDEO AND PICTURES: Heavy rain storms in Devon and Cornwall bring flooding

By AdamWalmesley  |  Posted: October 03, 2013

  • Flooding in Fellowes Place in Millbridge. Picture by Phil Nairne

  • Picture by Colin Higgs

  • Picture by Colin Higgs

  • Picture by Colin Higgs

  • Picture by Colin Higgs

  • Picture by Colin Higgs

  • Picture by Colin Higgs

  • This map shows the weather system spreading eastwards across the Westcountry

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The Westcountry has been hit by flooding as heavy rain and thunderstorms batter the region.

Torrential downpours are expected across Devon and Cornwall today mixed with strong winds and thunder before more rain arrives tomorrow.

Up to 40mm (1.5in) of rain could fall in some areas, although it remains  unclear where the worst of the rain will hit and how fast the weather system will track across the region.

Drivers were warned to be on their guard this morning Homeowners when more than an inch of rain is expected to fall in the just three hours.

The Exeter-based Met Office has issued a weather warning in the South West for today and tomorrow, telling people to 'be aware' of rain.

A spokesman for the weather organisation said: "We are talking about 25-40mm of rain possibly falling in some areas in a matter of hours. Most places will receive a lot less than that and the heaviest downpours will be localised."

Plymouth was one of the worst places affected by flooding where almost an inch (20mm) of rain fell in just two hours. 

Gdynia Way was temporarily closed once again with reports of knee-deep water gushing from blocked drains.

Sutton Road was also closed, while Embankment Road and Outland Road are among the other major routes where flooding has been reported, causing traffic mayhem across the city.

Water was reportedly spewing-up through man hole covers on Gdynia Way, causing traffic chaos.

The torrential rain came on the day Plymouth City Council announced a blitz on drains in a bid to plug potential flooding.

Cornwall Council told residents to be prepared for heavy rain as officials remained on standby to deal with problems.

Motorists were warned not to drive through any flood water as the number of roads affected continues to increase.

The wet weather follows a drier than average September when around 30% less rain fell last month than average. 

It was the 25th driest September since records began well over 100 years ago.'

Further torrential downpours are expected overnight and into tomorrow with the public being warned to expect more flooding. 

The picture is expected to improve by the weekend, with conditions becoming largely dry by tomorrow evening and staying fine on Saturday and Sunday.

If you have stories or photos about the wet weather, email wmnnewsdesk@westernmorningnews.co.uk or tweet @wmnnews

Flooding in Tavistock, filmed by David Wells.

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