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Cornwall Faces Stormy Run Up to Christmas

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4:55pm 20th December 2013
(Updated 4:55pm 20th December 2013)

Cornwall could be facing days of rain in the run up to Christmas.

The Met Office says a storm, due to strike on Friday evening, is likely to cause localised flooding.

It has got a yellow weather warning out from 3pm until Saturday afternoon. It is followed by another on Monday and Christmas Eve is forecast to be wet too.

A spokesperson said: "An area of heavy rain and strong winds is expected to cross the UK from Friday afternoon and through Saturday. This will bring some locally large rainfall accumulations, particularly on hills, and following previous wet weather is likely to lead to some localised flooding.

"Another intense area of low pressure is expected to track close to the UK during Monday. Associated rain and strong winds may again affect southwestern parts of England which remain saturated following earlier heavy rainfall.

"The public should be aware of the increased risk of  localised flooding and possible disruption to transport.

"The very unsettled run of weather is expected to continue into the pre-Christmas period with another intense area of low pressure developing over the Atlantic and tracking close to the UK. Current indications are for southwest England to be most at risk from further heavy rain and gales. There is also a 20-25% probability of an intense low tracking across England and Wales to affect much of the south.

"There is still considerable uncertainty in the potential for severe weather and this warning will be updated as events unfold over the coming days."

Mike Cooper is from Richfords Fire and Flood in Redruth. He urged people in at risk areas to store presents and other valuables upstairs: "You've got new and valuable items in your home. Often you have family down for Christmas, so they bring presents down as well. All of a sudden you have tens of thousands of pounds of presents below the tree.

"I would advise keeping presents out of harm's way, upstairs for example until Christmas day, taking them down just before so that people can enjoy Christmas without the real tragedy of flood waters washing presents around the living room - which is sadly something that we see."

Flood alerts are in place for the Lower, Middle and Upper River Tamar, the Lyhner and the Tavy at Tavistock.

4:55pm 20th December 2013

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