Heavy rain in Torquay closes seafront road

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Media captionParts of Devon and Cornwall went on flood alert because of heavy rain

Torquay seafront is shut to traffic as parts of Devon and Cornwall are on flood alert amid heavy rain.

Torre Abbey, Livermead and Meadfoot Sea Road in Torbay are also closed.

The Met Office is warning that some areas of Devon and Cornwall could have as much as 150mm (5.9in) of rain on Monday.

It said particularly heavy and persistent rain over Cornwall could cause rivers to burst their banks.

Localised flooding

The Environment Agency has warned that floods are possible around the River Tamar, St Austell and Par, west Cornwall and along the south Devon coast at Beesands, Torcross, Slapton, Torbay and Dawlish.

Drivers are being warned of flooding and surface water on the A39 westbound in Bideford from the B3236 Buckleigh Road junction, the A38 in Liskeard around the A390 junction and between the A389 junction in Wadebridge and the B3266 junction in Camelford.

The Met Office's website said: "Periods of heavy rain, accompanied at times by strong winds, will affect parts of western Britain during Monday.

"The public should be aware quantities of rain may be sufficient in a few places to disrupt travel and give rise to localised flooding."

Council workers said they had been carrying out preventive works, including clearing drains.

The rainy weather is expected to move further north on Tuesday.

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