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South West Braces For Heavy Overnight Rain
Dozens of flood warnings and alerts are in place across much of the UK as torrential rain continues to lash the country, with the South West expected to see up to 100mm in the next 24 hours.
Many regions have received more than half the average rainfall for July in just one day, and the Met Office is warning of continued heavy rain this evening and into tomorrow.
It has issued a red warning, their highest, for parts of Devon and Cornwall for Saturday - meaning people should "take action".
The Environment Agency (EA) is urging those in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset to remain vigilant and prepared for flooding. Northumberland could also see very heavy rain and flooding this evening, the agency added.
The south Pennines and north Midlands, including the areas around Manchester, Sheffield, North Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire also remain at risk of flooding into the weekend.
Going into Friday evening, the EA has 47 flood warnings in place, along with 123 flood alerts. In addition, more than 11,000 properties have received a flood warning.
Scotland is also experiencing problems, with flood alerts in place in nine areas - from the centre to the south of the country.
Craig Woolhouse, the EA's head of flood incident management, said: "When flood warnings are issued, residents in those areas should think about moving valuable possessions to safety.
"We would also ask people to remember to stay away from flood water, and do not walk or drive through it, as it is often fast moving and can contain sewage and other debris."
The Met Office has severe or amber weather warnings in place for northern half of Wales and much of central and northern England.
There are also yellow warnings across a wider area that takes in southern England, southern Wales, southern Scotland and Northern Ireland, with heavy rain expected.
Downpours across large swathes of the Britain on Friday caused travel disruption and forced the cancellation of several events.
In Cayton Bay, North Yorkshire, volunteer crew from Filey RNLI lifeboat station assisted with the evacuation of six people, some with special needs, from a flooded caravan park.
The bad weather has caused havoc to train services, with passengers hit by long delays on a number of major routes due to flooding. Landslips disrupted services in the Garswood area and at Grantham in Lincolnshire.
The Highways Agency said the M50 in Worcestershire was closed westbound between the M5 and junction 2 and eastbound between junctions 2 and 1 due to the weather causing hazardous driving conditions.
On the M1 around junction 27 at Heanor, spray and surface water made driving conditions difficult and reduced visibility, while roads were closed in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had dealt with five incidents where people had been trapped in their vehicles as a result of localised flooding.
Forecasters had predicted a month's worth of rain could hit the UK in a 24-hour period on Friday. Some towns in the UK saw 36mm of rainfall between 7am and 1pm; the average rainfall for July is 69.9mm.
Tony Waters, deputy chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: "We are expecting spells of very heavy and thundery rain across a wide area of the UK in the next few days, with worst affected spots likely to be in central and northern parts of the country.
"Rainfall totals could be 20-40mm widely across warning areas but some places could see around 100mm of rain through today and into tomorrow.
"Given the saturated ground from the record rainfall in June, this could cause significant disruption - including difficult driving conditions and flooding in some areas."
The wet weather has already caused delays to some of this year's big summer sporting fixtures, including Wimbledon and England Test matches.
The two-day MFest food and music festival in Leeds has been cancelled earlier today due to safety concerns.
Up to 30,000 people were due to attend from Friday to see acts including The Human League and Cher Lloyd.
Sky News weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar said: "Friday and Saturday will see very heavy and persistent rain that could cause localised flooding across central parts of the UK and Ireland.
"This is due to an area of low pressure centred over the UK that moved in on Thursday night from the continent.
"This is bringing intense rainfall today for East Anglia into the Midlands and parts of northern England, as well as Wales and southern areas of Ireland this afternoon."
Last month was the wettest June since records began, with double the average rain falling during the month. The exceptional amount of rain caused floods in Wales and parts of England.
It was the second month this year to see record-breaking amounts of rain, with April also the wettest, according to records dating back more than a century to 1910.
So far this summer there has only been one spell of prolonged fine weather during the second half of May.
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what do you think?
And we still are in drought restrictions!
Its to do with ground water level in you area, and because of the hot days we have before the rain the ground water level is pretty low, also the reason these floods happen is due to surface run off the ground can't soak up water either because it concrete or the are the grass and mud can't take anymore in usually cause its starved... i did this year 9 geog
Almost there, Shalkification. The "drought" was caused by additional and prolonged abstraction of underground aquifers during a lengthy period of low rain fall (never mind that it was not warm, just no replenishing rainfall.) It also affected water levels in reservoirs and rivers. It takes a lot of continuous rain to make up those supplies, and preferably steady persistant rain ? not deluges which (as you say) cause a lot of run off. Nevertheless, we must now surely be well back on track to replenishing stocks! Should the rain stop and we get another prolonged dry spell ? we can help by continuing to treat water carefully and not wasting the precious resources.
I have both a well and a natural lake in my grounds. Both of them have the highest levels that I have ever seen them - so doesn't that mean that the water table is high?
Escaping the UK today before the 3rd weekend of biblical floods hit.. Be safe everyone. X
WHERE YOU GOING?? WATERWORLD ??
and it is against law to modify weather according to united nations legals sites suppressed military technologies. makes climate change look like a load cobblers lol another political/corporate lie.
Climate change is a natural occurance accelerated by humans before 1960 the average global temperature growth was something like 0.25 every thousand year. in the last 40 year alone the average temperature growth globally of 2C with growth in midland africa, antactica, chilie and i believe midland usa had a temp growth of 4.5C governments and corperations don't care about climate change cause for the to change the way they do things so they are 'green' actually costs more money year 11 GCSE
well if it is natural enact hho systems for cars or tesla gravity generators. oil and currency and usa controlling world by oil and banking tie. if humans are accelerating it enact suppressed technologies enderex machines run cars on water and crash banking system and usa control.
also ref kardashev scale off russian space programme. type 2 civilisation we are type .05. a planet that can be controlled which ours can with suppressed technologies. control of ionsphere, tesla earthquake machines. it is economics, politics etc holding humans back. before you say gcse.
global warming is a natural occurance only and nothing to do with humans.No ice on the planet when the dinosaurs were about but no humans either therefore nothing to do with us.Governments love it though as they can brainwash people that it is our fault and then introduce a whole raft of taxes and people won't protest.Tell the people a lie often enough and they will believe it.
I'm singing in the rain, Just singing in the rain, What a glorious feelin', I'm happy again!
Amelia Princess Hall
Lol love it :o)
It is in the interests of every military on Earth to be able to control the weather. That is why they go to all the trouble of making it rain using "silver iodine". Just remember, I never did that to anyone.
I bet they spelt it wrong, in order to make me spell it wrong. If it even is spelt wrong.
...ITS RAINING HERE A BIT !!!
.....just spitting now.......
The Sun has just popped his head out here now in Borehamwood Herts. Dont know how long it will last though.
It's ridiculess there's no river or canal in Crewe but it's flooded - all down the water authorities and councils not clearing drains. Its common sense that if you grit the roads it'll end up in drains and eventually it'll block same as your sink would! Too busy making a profit with no care to people who pay their wages
oh great, so weekend weather doesn't look good. My heart goes out to anyone who has been flooded. I don't know where you would start with the clean up.
It's not just this weekend either. Unsettled weather (i.e. cool, mostly cloudy and often wet) is likely for another two weeks! The next water company official who declares a drought should be taken to The Tower and hung in chains. We must stamp out this water company practice of bringing dreadfully wet weather to our Summertime!
What it must be like to see blue sky and a bit of sun!!!! Up here in cumbria we havent seen anything other than grey skies and rain for 3 weeks...and yes we do get the rainfall but not like this, i have seasonal adjustment disorder, brought on by not knowing what season we are in!
In spain where it does'nt rain, they dig canals just in case. Over here, some nurd in the 'environmental' office issues a flood warning. But he's on big wages just to tell us about it. You could'ntmake it up.
blocked drains are the cause of most flooding as they dont get cleaned often enough.My grandad was a drain cleaner 55+ years ago using a "spoon",no mechanical gully cleaners then and no blocked drains either.
Agree totally, just watched news and showed them moving 16 tons of silt from a brook to allow water to flow - proves they need to clean out the drains and dredge the rivers to clear the silt build up like they use to
Istiak Stealth Khan
If people want to expand their knowledge on why in the last 10 yrs or so the amount of natural disasters has significantly increased in regards to earthquakes, tsunami's storms etc. I would advise people to look into a new technology called "Haarp Technology". Look it up on google or you tube. Its about using radio active waves/signals by shooting it into the sky through powerful antenna's and changing the flow of the natural weather. Once that technology has been perfected it will be used for the 21st century warfare but a lot of scientists who are aware of it feel that they are destroying the layers in the sky which protects us from the sun. Not saying this rain has anything to do with it but i do feel that humans should be made aware of what corrupt people are doing to our planet. Our kids will not see 50 at this rate.
Godness me, i was at Cayton bay caravan park last month, I'm so glad we didn't go there this month. This weather is to much, wish it would stop.
All this rain and we still have the highist water bills in the country in the south west just had a look in my back garden any one wanna buy a few buckets full cheaper than south west water
Amelia Princess Hall
Global warming maybe? :os