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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 3rd October 2013 (Updated 9:42am 3rd October 2013)

A band of heavy rain is bearing down on Cornwall - with a warning it could cause localised flooding.

The Met Office has put out a yellow weather warning.

It says we could be battered by 4cm in just three hours.

You can check out the latest rainfall and forecast here

The council has put people on standby to deal with problems.

A spokesperson at County Hall said: "Officers from Cornwall Council’s Highways, Environment, Fire and Rescue and Emergency Management services will be monitoring the situation closely and are on standby to deal with any problems.

"Agencies are asking people to follow the advice on dealing with the potential heavy rainfall, and warn people not to drive through any flood water.

"During the floods which took place last year a number of householders reported difficulties in obtaining sandbags when the heavy rain affected their local area.  

"As neither the Council nor the Environment Agency has a statutory duty to provide sandbags, anyone whose property is prone to flooding should ensure they have a supply of sandbags ready to protect their home or business should they need to.  

"Local communities are also encouraged to check with vulnerable neighbours in case they need help with obtaining flood protection materials.

"Sandbags can be obtained from builders merchants, DIY and hardware stores. Anyone who is unsure if their property is at risk can check on the Environment Agency website or call the floodline on 0845 988 1188."

A forecaster at the Met Office said: "Areas of heavy, thundery rain will spread into southern and southwestern parts of England and Wales during Thursday, with 20-25 mm of rain possible within an hour and 40 mm within 3 hours, although many places will receive much less than this.

"This warning will be kept under close review and updated as necessary, with the possibility that it may need to be extended into Friday."

Claire Endean's furniture showroom in St Austell has been hit by floods three times in the last couple of years. She told Pirate FM: "You just want to go home and cry. It isn't your home but, because this is where you technically live eight hours a day, it is just heart breaking when you see all your nice clean, lovely shop getting covered in water and mud."

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