UK weather: Britain on alert for 70mph gusts and heavy rain today as fresh ... trends now

UK weather: Britain on alert for 70mph gusts and heavy rain today as fresh ... trends now
UK weather: Britain on alert for 70mph gusts and heavy rain today as fresh ... trends now

UK weather: Britain on alert for 70mph gusts and heavy rain today as fresh ... trends now

Yellow warning in place across West Midlands, South Wales and South West 

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Heavy downpours and strong gusts could bring flooding and disruption to parts of England and Wales on Thursday.

A yellow warning for rain is in place across the West Midlands, South Wales and south-west England until 2pm with some places forecast to see 20-30mm of rain, according to the Met Office.

The warning states: 'A band of heavy rain and squally winds will move east across South Wales and south-west England early on Thursday morning, with further heavy rain at times until early afternoon.

'Some places will see 10-15mm of rain within 2 hours and a few places could have 20-30mm of rain during the period of the warning.'

Great Western Railway (GWR) said flooding had disrupted services near Totnes, Devon. No services were expected to run from Plymouth to Exeter St David's until after 10am on Thursday with a very limited service in the other direction.

A yellow warning for rain is in place across the West Midlands, South Wales and south-west England until 2pm

A yellow warning for rain is in place across the West Midlands, South Wales and south-west England until 2pm

Commuters brave the wind and rain in Westminster, London

Commuters brave the wind and rain in Westminster, London

It came as the 12-hour rainfall totals on Wednesday included 68mm that was recorded at Whitebarrow on Dartmoor and 63mm at Coniston Coppermines, Cumbria.

Much of southern, central and eastern England is covered by a rain or wind warning meaning that 'after what has been a wet February so far, further rain is on the way on Thursday, accompanied by some gusty winds', according to Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen.

The Environment Agency (EA) has issued 39 flood warnings - when flooding is expected - and 203 flood

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