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Updated: Weather warning in place from Friday across North Devon

12:41 22 January 2014

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The region is set to be battered by bands of heavy rainfall on Friday with further rain coming in on Sunday.

NORTH Devon has been put under a yellow weather warning with heavy bands of rain forecast across the region.

The Met Office predicts accumulations of up to 30-40mm, with a risk of possible flooding due to recent bad weather saturating the ground.

The warning is in place from just after midnight on Friday until 11.45pm. A second warning has also been issued for the whole of Sunday.

A chief forecaster for the Met Office said: “Active frontal troughs will move eastwards across the UK during Friday, bringing further strong winds and heavy rain to many places.

“The combination of very moist air and strong winds will give rainfall accumulations that have the potential for flooding disruption over parts of southwest England where the ground remains saturated.

“Another Atlantic frontal system is forecast to cross the UK during Sunday.

“Most areas will see a period of heavy rain and very strong winds, perhaps also some snow for a time over northern hills.

“Rainfall accumulations of 15 to 25 mm are expected quite widely with 35 mm or more locally, especially over southern parts of England and Wales.

“Expect southerly gusts 40 to 50 mph quite widely, particularly with the passage of the front, and probably peaking 60 to 70 mph or more around exposed coasts and headlands.

“There is still some considerable uncertainty in the details of this system and this warning will be updated in the coming days.”

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