Rainstorm could affect various events this week

PUBLISHED: 12:43 07 August 2019 | UPDATED: 17:08 07 August 2019

The weather warning has been issued by the Met Office.

The weather warning has been issued by the Met Office.

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A rainstorm is set to hit the South West at the end of the week, potentially seeing a number of events cancelled.

The National Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain on Friday and Saturday (August 9 and 10).

Residents and business owners have been warned that heavy rain and strong winds will push northwards early on Friday and will be followed by scattered thundery showers.

Saturday is expected to be very windy with gales and thundery showers, before the weather is likely to settle down on Sunday.

CANCELLED: East Devon District Council has now decided to postpone Saturday's Honiton Gate To Plate food festival until September.

CANCELLED: Boardmasters festival, in Newquay, was set to take place this weekend but in light of the forecast has been cancelled.

STILL ON: Sidmouth's Folk Festival is also due to finish Friday evening and organisers have said they will be keeping a close eye on the weather before making any decisions.

STILL ON: Taunton Garrison was due to be at Montacute House this weekend, but due to the forecast, will now only be there for Sunday. This will result in Sunday's event being even bigger than planned.

Devon and Cornwall Police has also issued warnings for members of the public to take extra caution.

Chief Superintendent Sam de Reya said: "We can expect some unsettled weather across Devon and Cornwall which starts on Thursday, August 8 through to Saturday, August 10. With this in mind I would urge the public to think about their plans this weekend and adapt them accordingly.

"Conditions will be very wet and we are expecting high winds so we are asking people, especially those who are visiting the area, to stay away from the coastline and stay out of the sea.

"Many coastal areas may become hazardous due to rainfall and thunderstorms, therefore extra caution should be taken.

"We are reminding people of the following advice;

- Avoid areas along the coastline and going into the sea.

- Carefully consider camping trips and traveling without accommodation already booked.

- Allow additional time for your journey and drive to the conditions of the road.

- Listen to local radio for updates on current weather conditions.

- Be aware that many planned events and festivals in the Devon and Cornwall area may have been cancelled."

What the Met Office says to expect:

- There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

- There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life.

- Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services.

- Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures

- There is a small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads.

If you have an event due to take place this weekend and would like to let readers know if it is going ahead or not please email beth.sharp2@archant.co.uk

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