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Weather warning in place for Monday as South West feels Ophelia's aftermath

A yellow weather warning has been issued for the South West from Monday as the UK is set to experience the tail end of a category three hurricane.

Hurricane Ophelia will be a storm when it hits the country, but the South West could still see some very high winds.

The Met Office's yellow weather warning means that severe weather is possible, and people should be prepared for possible disruption.

The warning is currently in place for between 12:00 and 23:55 on Monday 16 October. Credit: The Met Office

A spell of very windy weather is likely on Monday in association with ex-Ophelia.

Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journeys times and cancellations possible. Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage. Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs could happen, perhaps leading to injuries and danger to life from flying debris.

– Met Office

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Huge thunderstorm hits the South West coast

Lightning strikes over Laira, Plymouth. Credit: Rachael Jackson

Thunder storms forming off the South West coast have hit towns and cities across Devon and Cornwall.

Paul McDonnell captured this footage in Plymouth this afternoon.

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A severe weather warning comes into force from 4pm this afternoon.

This live lightning map shows where any bolt of lightning is detected. Credit: lightningmaps.org

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Cornwall prepares for bad weather

The Met Office has issued a Yellow Alert for the South West

With Met Office forecasts of strong winds and heavy rain and the warning that wintry showers may bring snow and ice, Cornwall Council is warning residents to be prepared and take precautions where necessary.

Drivers are asked to take care if icy roads cause difficult conditions. The road network will be salted this evening, but not every road will be treated.

People are also being warned that high winds could cause damage to trees and disrupt power supplies, and create dangerous conditions around the coast.

We would also ask people to take care when driving during the heavy rain expected during Wednesday and Thursday, and if walking along the coast path and by cliff edges during the strong winds. While we recognise the fascination of watching the large waves people can put themselves in danger by standing too close to quay sides and harbours.

– Cllr Geoff Brown, Cabinet Member for Communities

The council has also issues warnings against the possibility of flooding.

Anyone whose property is prone to flooding should ensure they have a supply of sandbags ready to protect their home or business, and to clear their drains of leaves and blockages. Local communities have also been encouraged to check with vulnerable neighbours in case they need help.