Severe weather warning as West braces for 70mph gusts
Less than a week after bearing the brunt of the St Jude storm, the South West has once again been told to brace itself for yet more severe weather today.
Some areas could experience more than an inch of rain according to the Met Office which delivered a yellow weather warning for the region, along with other parts of Southern England, for Sunday evening.
According to the national weather service, winds of up to 70mph are expected to batter coastal areas today, although the winds were easing this morning.
On Monday morning, up to 30mm of rain could fall, causing some risk of flooding.
The wet weather will follow on from what was one of the mildest Octobers on record, with the South West recording some of the warmest temperatures – an average 1.5C higher than usual.
But despite being the seventh warmest for the month in 100 years, parts of the UK also saw some of the wettest weather for the time of year.
A spokesman for the Met Office said: "As we go into Sunday night we are expecting around 10mm to 20mm of rain, perhaps in places up to 30mm. There will be a chance of some localised flooding."
There are fears the latest spell of disruptive weather could hamper recovery efforts following last weekend's storm, although it is not expected to be anywhere near as bad. Tim Field of the Energy Networks Association said: "All the network operators will be in close contact with the Met Office during the weekend and we hope to have everyone back on supply by the end of next week.
"Flooding does not normally present a huge threat to the energy infrastructure but extensive flooding would definitely pose a risk."