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The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for heavy floods due to downpours set to batter parts of the UK.
The warning, which is in place for 15 hours – from 9am on Friday until midnight – may also cause major disruption and cancellations to train and buses.
It covers the area of south Wales, including northern Cardiff, Bridgend and all of Merthyr Tydfil. Eastern areas of Swansea may also be affected.
The alert also reports spray from the rain and excess rainwater could cause problems for driving and even close roads.
The Met Office say: "A good chance some communities cut off by flooded roads.
"Power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses likely."
A larger area, including wider south Wales and the south-west of Britain, have a Met Office in place between 7am on Friday and 3am on Saturday.
Those not affected by the amber alert may still see heavy downpours.
The latest weather forecast shows heavy rain for most of Friday, with only a chance of overcast skies between 6am and 8am, but the majority of the day will be overcome with wet weather.
The current yellow warning details the rain will stop on Monday, December 21, after a weekend of heavy rainfall.
The weekend washout continues into Saturday, with a yellow weather warning in place for all of Wales and the south-west of the UK.
Places like Plymouth, Exeter and Devon can expect a band of heavy rain hitting homes and businesses.
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