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Cornwall on Severe Weather Alert

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:14am 7th July 2012. (Updated at 8:35am 7th July 2012)

The Met Office has issued a red weather alert for part of Cornwall, the highest level of warning possible.

A red alert means "take action" and the area effected is centred over south east Cornwall and Plymouth. The rest of the Duchy is covered by an amber warning, meaning that people are advised to "be prepared."

A spokesperson for the Met Office said, "Further heavy showers or longer periods of rain are expected during Saturday. Although not all places will see the heaviest of the rain, where it does fall it is likely to lead to surface water flooding and some disruption to travel. There remains some uncertainty in the location of the heaviest rainfall, but at this time the southwest of England looks the most likely area to see the greatest impacts, in particular, the red warning area.

"The public should be prepared for the likelihood of surface water flooding and some disruption to travel and outdoor activities, particularly in the Amber and Red warning areas."

The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts and warnings for a number of rivers in Cornwall. You can find the latest, constantly updated list, along with advice about what to do here.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue service was called to a series of floodings on Friday night. Teams from St Austell helped pump out homes in Bugle. A Camborne crew was scrambled to help in Roscroggan, while another and teams from Redruth were called to Wheal Rose.

Officials have called more than 140 campsites across Cornwall and Devon with advice on how to stay safe. On Pirate FM's Facebook wall Jasmina Goodair wrote, "Wet and soggy at our campsite at Harlyn but we have survived a bit of a battering overnight but all is calm again now. Hope our second week has better weather!"

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