Heavy rain and strong winds hit Devon and Cornwall

image captionHeavy rain carried on through much of Wednesday

Heavy rain and strong winds have caused disruption in parts of the South West.

In Devon, fire crews were called to pump out flooded homes in Dartmouth on Wednesday after water reached a depth of 10ins (25cm) in some areas of town.

The fire service said that the flooding was the result of heavy rain and blocked drains.

In Cornwall, there was some localised flooding in Falmouth and reports of fallen trees. There were no reports of any injuries.

Some outbreaks of heavy rain continued through Wednesday evening, with gusts of wind up to 40mph.

Winds speeds are expected to reach up to 35mph on Thursday.

Drivers of high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes have been told to take extra care due to the increased risk of vehicles being blown over.

The strongest winds are expected to occur along exposed stretches of road, including bridges, viaducts and other elevated sections.

Areas close to the coast are particularly vulnerable to strong gusts.

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