T he Met Office have issued an Amber Warning for heavy rain covering the whole of Exeter and Devon.
Heavy rain is forecasted for most of Monday, with potentially as much as 60mm falling in two hours. The rain is set to continue into Tuesday.
The rain comes on top of the weekend’s Storm Angus, upturning trees in parts of Exeter and ensuring a chaotic start of the week for travel.
Simon Partidge, speaking to the Express and Echo, said there were already concerns after heavy showers throughout last night caused ground and waterway saturation. Around 27mm fell between midnight and 1am last night – almost 3cm in an hour.
He went on to say that around two thirds of November’s average amount of rain for Devon was expected to fall today.
“Over some higher ground, as much as 60mm could fall which is the reason for warning.”
It’s also feared that the heavy rain will see widespread flash flooding and traffic problems. Flood warnings have been issued to Exeter Quay and riverside properties in particular as the River Exe is expected to reach peak levels this evening, through to the early hours of Tuesday.
Train passengers on regional lines have been advised not to travel due to severe flooding disrupting rail services.