Cornwall is preparing for a further battering of rain and wind as Storm Aiden approaches.

The Met Office has extended its yellow warnings to include the south west, with the first of these due to begin at midnight tonight.

However, while the warning for rain does not come into force until 12am and then continue until 2pm, local forecasts suggests that Cornwall could in fact be seeing the worst of the weather this afternoon.

The rain we are seeing right now is expected to intensify from around 2pm and continue throughout the afternoon, well into the evening.

It is expected to be wet throughout the night and become heavy again tomorrow from around 9am, before easing off during late morning to make way for a dry afternoon.

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The forecast for rain on Friday

The official Met Office warning suggests that periods of heavy rain on Saturday could lead to flooding and disruption to transport.

It said: "Spray and flooding on roads will probably make journey times longer.

"Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely.

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"Bus and train services will probably be affected, with journey times taking longer.

"Some interruption to power supplies and other services are likely."

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The Met Office weather forecast for Saturday

There is also a second weather warning for wind that similarly includes Cornwall.

This is not due to become into force until 6am on Saturday and it then continues until 9pm.

The Met Office added: "Very strong winds may lead to some disruption on Saturday."

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Locally, winds could reach speeds of up to 37mph, with gusts of up to 54mph, according to the Met Office.

Weather forecasting website AccuWeather goes even further, predicting gusts of up to 63mph.

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AccuWeather is forecasting gusts of up to 63mph on Saturday