'Torrential rain' and thunderstorms hit UK
Torrential rain and thunderstorms hit UK
Torrential rain is lashing large parts of the UK as severe thunderstorms hit, causing flooding and travel disruption.
A Met Office amber warning - meaning a potential risk to life - is in force across Wales and the south west of England until 06:00 BST on Friday.
Fire crews are being called out to flooded homes and businesses and river levels are rising.
Rail passengers suffered delays and cancellations as they tried to make it home, and roads were closed.
Great Western Railway trains, which serves south Wales, and so uthern and western England, are running more slowly than usual after Network Rail imposed a precautionary blanket speed restriction.
CrossCountry is also warning travellers to expect delays and cancellations for the rest of Thursday.
Other developments include:
- In West Sussex, fire crews have pumped out water from flooded businesses and homes in Haywards Heath and Billingshurst
- In Bristol, roads in the suburb of Bishopsworth are under a foot of water, according to Bedminster Fire Station
- In west Berkshire, a flood warning has been issued on the River Lambourn, which is rising quickly, and homes in the Lambourn area could flood
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A yellow warning for rain has been issued for the south east of England, the Midlands and East Anglia.
The wet weather is predicted to move into northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Friday morning, with flooding and possible disruption to travel predicted.
A Met Office spokesman said Thursday's thunderstorms were expected to be slow-moving, but could merge together to create larger storms.
In the amber warning areas, there may be frequent lightning, power cuts and a potential risk to life and property.
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A yellow warning is also in place for Saturday across Scotland and Northern Ireland, with heavy showers and thunderstorms expected to develop in the late morning.
Much of the rest of the country, however, can expect warm weather and sunshine over the weekend.Skip Twitter post by @SussexRoadsPol
This is the a24 northbound at Washington. slightly wet. please don't divert along hole street in Ashington as the underpass can only be ventured by a boat or scuba gear #ch287 pic.twitter.com/MMdGJKcjWJâ" Sussex Roads Police (@SussexRoadsPol) May 31, 2018
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The Environment Agency has urged people to check their flood risk - especially if they are travelling to unfamiliar areas over half term.
The organisation also said that the South West, Hampshire and the West Midlands were most at risk, with urban areas most likely to suffer from flash flooding.
Kate Marks, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, said teams would work "24/7" to operate flood defences, clear blockages in rivers and streams and offer support at incidents of surface water flooding.
The bad weather follows torrential storms last weekend that led to a man in his 80s dying after his car was submerged in floodwaters in Walsall.
In Birmingham, more than a month's rainfall hit parts of the city in an hour on Sunday. Areas of Northamptonshire were also flooded.The best way to get news on the go
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