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Flood warnings as heavy rain hits parts of UK

Warnings are in place for potential flooding across England and Scotland as heavy rain affects many parts of the UK.

Flash floods have already hit roads across the country after parts of western Scotland, London and East Anglia experienced rainfall rates of up to 32mm an hour overnight.

Some areas in Yorkshire, Surrey and Essex saw even higher rates, according to Met Office radar.

Image: Two weather warnings are in place across the UK

Environment Agency flood warnings and alerts in England are in place across London, Surrey, the Midlands and the North.

The A282 northbound Dartford Crossing (anti-clockwise), the A77 at Cairnyan, the A75 at Barlae and the A82 between Renton and Stoneymollan are among the roads closed.

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Kilburn Park and Regent's Park Tube stations in London were also closed, and several sporting events in Surrey and Scotland also reported being called off.

Possible cancellations of trains or buses is just one of the effects of a yellow warning for rain in place running all the way from Kent in the South to Perthshire in central Scotland, the Met Office has said.

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The warning, which also said some communities face being cut off due to flooded roads, was due to last until midday.

But a further yellow warning for the East of England, including Lincolnshire, said there was a "danger to life" from fast-flowing or deep floodwater and possible power cuts.

That warning is not due to end until 5pm on Sunday.

Joanne Coles, Sky News weather producer, said: "There is currently a Met Office yellow weather warning in force for rain across southern and central Scotland, northern and eastern England.

A car drives through a flooded road in Pontypridd. File pic
Image: Several roads around the UK have been hit by flash flooding. File pic

"Heavy and persistent rain is possible across these areas for the rest of the morning with many areas seeing up to 30mm of rainfall.

"Islay in the Western Isles recorded 52mm of rainfall overnight. During the afternoon this rain will ease from northern areas and become more confined to Lincolnshire and East Anglia with some torrential downpours still possible.

"Up to 60mm of rain could fall in some areas here. This heavy rain could lead to localised river and surface water flooding with travel disruption possible such as train delays or cancellations as well as difficult driving conditions.

"Some areas of northern and eastern England have now received over 100mm in just over a week, which is about a month's worth of rainfall for some places.

"This is not unusual for this time of year, but with the unsettled weather set to continue the cumuRead More – Source

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