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

According to the Met Office, a yellow warning for Rain is in place across the West Midlands, South Wales, and southwest England until 2 pm, with some areas forecasting 20-30mm of Rain.

The warning states: “A band of heavy Rain and squally winds will move east across South Wales and southwest 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 warning period.”

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 10 am on Thursday, with limited service in the other direction.

The 12-hour rainfall totals on Wednesday included 68mm recorded at Whitebarrow on Dartmoor and 63mm at Coniston Coppermines, Cumbria.

Much of southern, central and eastern England is covered by Rain or wind warning 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 alerts in England, with National Resources Wales issuing three flood warnings and 28 flood alerts.

A band of Rain is expected to move east across England on Thursday before clearing eastern England by early evening. This means some regions should brace for possible flooding and disruption.