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Met Office 'Amber Alert' as major storm bears down on Devon
11:16am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
South Devon has been warned to brace for an "exceptionally windy spell" and heavy rain as a major storm bears down on the county.
The Met Office have issued the weather warning for Monday, with the amber alert in place from midnight on Sunday to 9pm on Monday.
Amber alerts mean be prepared, as there is a risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures, bringing disruption to transport and power supplies.
A Met Office spokesman said: "A very intense low pressure system is forecast to run northeastwards across the country early on Monday, bringing the potential for an exceptionally windy spell of weather for southern parts of the UK. At the same time, persistent, heavy rain could cause some surface water flooding.
"At this early stage there is uncertainty about the timing, intensity and track of the low. However, the public should be prepared for the risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures, bringing disruption to transport and power supplies.
"A strong, high-level jet is expected to engage warm low level air to give rise to a rapidly moving low pressure system later on Sunday. This is expected to run northeastwards, probably across England and Wales, with very strong winds on its southern and western flanks.
"There is the potential for gusts of over 80 mph, especially on exposed coasts, both in southwesterly winds ahead of the low and west to northwesterly winds behind it.
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