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2:33pm 13th December 2012
(Updated 2:33pm 13th December 2012)

The Met Office has stood down its severe weather warning of heavy rain and gale force winds due on Friday.

The storm will still batter part of Devon, but the Duchy should escape the worst of it.

We are still forecast heavy rain and strong winds. Officials are warning people to take precautions because it comes at the same time as high tides.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the entire Cornish coast two to four hours of high tide on Friday morning.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "Heavy rain is expected to spread northeastwards across the UK during Friday. Wales and southwestern England will be affected during the early hours and into the morning. Here the public should be aware of the possibility of flooding and disruption to travel."

15-20mm of rain is predicted to fall, with more than 30mm over the moors.

Winds of up to 53mph are also expected to coincide with high spring tides, leading to fears of coastal flooding too.

Met Office Forecaster Marco Petagna said: "Locally winds may even reach sixty miles an hour across some of the coasts and hills and unfortunately that will be coinciding with spring tides at around half past five tomorrow morning, so we are concerned that we could see some spray and possibly even some overtopping of waves on exposed coastal parts of the south coast."

It is as it is revealed the clean up bill for Cornwall's floods could hit £3 million.

Around 250 homes in the Duchy found themselves underwater last month.

Work to fix the damage is still going on.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Council said: "During last month’s flooding a number of householders reported difficulties in obtaining sandbags when the severe weather 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.

"Anyone with responsibility for community Christmas lights and decorations should ensure they are properly secured against strong winds and consider turning off Christmas lights if the weather deteriorates.  We would also advise checking for any damp or damage before turning them back on. Any problems should be dealt with by a qualified electrician."

They added that emergency response teams are tracking the bad weather and are prepared to respond.

You can check the latest flood warnings for the southwest from the Environment Agency here with advice for how to prepare if you are at risk of flooding here.

2:33pm 13th December 2012

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