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Heavy rain and gale force winds forecast for North Devon as weather warning is upgraded

By e_glanfield  |  Posted: January 28, 2013

The amber-graded weather warning is in place for part of North Devon on Tuesday

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A heavy rain weather warning in place for North Devon tomorrow has been upgraded to amber.

It comes as forecasters warn of possible localised flooding as heavy rain and gale force winds hit the region.

The amber-graded warning, which warns the public to ‘be prepared’, is in place for North Devon for the whole of Tuesday. A lower-graded rain weather warning remains in place for North Devon today.

A chief forecaster at the Met Office said rainfall of up to 30mm is possible across Devon during Tuesday.

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He said: “A very deep area of low pressure will pass close to northwestern UK on Tuesday, bringing a spell of wet and windy weather. The heaviest and most persistent rain is expected to be over Wales and South West England.

“Accumulations of 20 to 30mm are expected quite widely, especially over higher ground, with locally in excess of 50mm over some hills and mountains.

“The heavy rain will be accompanied by strong winds which could reach gale force around exposed coasts and over hills and moors.

“Given saturated ground, the public should be prepared for further localised flooding and disruption to travel, particularly in parts of Devon and South Wales.”

Flood alerts remain in place for many rivers and areas across North Devon, including the River Caen, near Braunton, the River Yeo in Barnstaple, the River Torridge and the lower end of the River Taw, from Newnham Bridge.

Flood alerts also remain in place for coastal streams between Braunton and Combe Martin and all rivers on Exmoor.

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