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5:44pm 14th March 2018
(Updated 5:44pm 14th March 2018)

We are being warned that roads, homes and businesses could flood as torrential rain bears down on Cornwall.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy downpours from 8am on Wednesday.

It says places like Bodmin Moor could see up to 40mm of the wet stuff and gales are set to hit the coasts.

The National Trust has closed Trengwainton Garden, shop and tearoom and trains are affected too.

During Wednesday afternoon's rush hour, there were reports of flooding on the A30 causing problems at Chiverton Cross.

CrossCountry said: "A severe weather warning has been issued for the sea wall section of track at Dawlish.

"Therefore, CrossCountry are expecting to run an amended service between Plymouth and Exeter St Davids".

The Met Office said: "Rain, heavy at times, developing on Wednesday morning becomes heavier and more widespread during the afternoon before clearing northeastwards during Wednesday night.

"Bus and train services will probably be affected with journey times taking longer whilst spray and flooding on roads may also affect some journeys.

"Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely".

The Chief Forecaster added: "A persistent spell of rain, accompanied by strong to gale force winds, will develop during Wednesday morning.

"Some of this rain will be heavy, especially over Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and Exmoor.

"Here 20-30 mm rain will build up over the course of 12 to 18 hours and in a few places there is a chance of close to 40 mm rain".

You can check the latest warnings here or watch what that yellow warning means for Cornwall...


Meantime, flood alerts have been issued for the Upper River Tamar and for the St Austell and Par rivers.

It means flooding is possible for Bude, Helebridge, Bridgerule, Canworthy Water and Yeolmbridge, as well as Pentewan, St Blazey, Luxulyan and Lanivet.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: "Flooding is possible this evening Wednesday 14th March into tomorrow morning.

"Heavy frontal rain is forecast throughout today and the Met Office have issued a Yellow Warning for rain, highlighting surface water flood risks. 

"Catchments are very wet, leading to flooding of low lying land and roads this afternoon and throughout the night.

"Expect river levels to remain high throughout Thursday.

"With a strong south easterly wind highest rainfall totals will be on south facing slopes.

"Flood Warnings may be issued throughout the evening and night. We are monitoring river levels and have staff in the area checking for and clearing blockages.

"Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions."

5:44pm 14th March 2018

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