Met Office: More heavy rain and wind expected

Car drives through flood
Image caption The Met Office has released a yellow warning saying there could be flooding and disruption

A warning of heavy rain and strong winds overnight for Devon and Cornwall has been issued.

The Met Office has released a yellow warning, indicating there could be flooding and disruption in some areas.

It said the most persistent heavy rain was likely to affect areas of high ground in western parts exposed to the very strong south-westerly winds.

The Environment Agency has 17 flood warnings in place across the two counties.

The flood warning on the River Cober in Helston, Cornwall, has been in place since Christmas Eve.

On Saturday four new flood warnings were issued for Devon by the Environment Agency.

It said flooding was expected around the River Teign between Chudleigh and Kingsteignton.

The agency has also issued warnings for the River Dart from Buckfastleigh to Totnes and the River Torridge from Dolton to Bideford.

Branch line problems

A warning has been issued for the River Yarty from Yarcombe to Axminster, including Long Bridge, Case Bridge, Beckford Bridge and Yarty Bridge.

In Devon, the Barnstaple to Exeter branch line remains closed. It is not expected to reopen until after New Year's Day.

Network Rail said it did not have a date for the reopening of the Exeter to Exmouth branch line.

It closed after parts of the line were flushed out by heavy rain at Lympstone.

In Cornwall, the Liskeard to Looe branch line remains closed but is under repair and Network Rail said it hoped to reopen the line within the next few days.

Services between Par and Newquay are operating on a reduced timetable.

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