A severe weather warning for North Devon has been extended with forecasters predicting heavy rain and high winds across the county for the remainder of the week.
The Met Office initially put a yellow-graded warning of heavy and persistent rain in place for the majority of Devon until Wednesday morning.
However, it has now extended the weather warning until Friday morning and upgraded it to amber severity.
The Exeter-based forecasters are predicting a spell of heavy rain across the region from the early hours of Wednesday up until 6am on Friday.
The wet and windy weather could come as a blow to shoppers in Barnstaple who are preparing for the town’s annual Christmas lights switch on event on Thursday night.
A chief forecaster at the Met Office said the South West was in for wet and windy weather with wind speeds of up to 60mph likely.
He said: “An active frontal system will move in from the West. 20 to 40mm of rain seems likely with up to 60mm possible. This will be accompanied by strong winds with gusts up to 50 to 60mph. This is likely to bring down leaves which may lead to blocked drains.
“As the ground remains saturated over much of the area, localised flooding is a possibility.”
“The public should be aware of the possibility of localised flooding and possible disruption to transport.”