FLOOD warnings have been issued across Britain today after Hurricane Humberto dumped a month’s worth of rain in just six hours – closing four major train and London Tube stations.
The Met Office’s latest UK weather forecast has warned of more rain and thunderstorms today as the remnants of Hurricane Humberto continue to lash the UK, sparking travel chaos.
Thousands of passengers were delayed as London’s Liverpool Street, Moorgate, St Pauls and Victoria stations were forced to close due to flooding yesterday.
Footage showed commuters wading through ankle-deep water and rain pouring through a roof.
In Birmingham, Liverpool and Southampton drivers abandoned their cars and waded through water.
The Circle, District, Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan and London Overground were all rocked by delays.
More road and rail chaos is expected today after the Environment Agency issued four flood warnings and 30 flood alerts, stretching from the River Dart in Devon to the River Lune and Conder, in Lancashire.
The Met Office has warned heavy rain is set to lash eastern England and the far west of the country today.
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Rain and wet and windy weather is set to continue over the next few days.
John Griffiths, from the Met Office, said: “It’s going to stay autumnal over the coming days with further spells of wet and windy weather – although nothing as heavy as yesterday – but there will be some brief dry and bright interludes.”
Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said: “I wouldn’t be surprised if more (warnings) are issued before the week has finished.”
Met Office forecaster Luke Miall said 48mm of rain was dumped on parts of Hampshire in six hours, while mid-Dorset suffered 36.4mm.
Some areas saw more than 50mm of rain in less than 12 hours as wind, rain and thunder battered parts of the country.
Boscombe Down in Wiltshire has seen the heaviest rainfall, with 51.2mm falling at the military base near Amesbury in the 12 hours to 1pm.
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Frustrated commuters took to Twitter to vent their fury at the rush-hour delays across London yesterday.
Gerry Sharpe uploaded a snap of commuters stranded at Liverpool Street station, posting: “A little bit of rain and this happens at Liverpool street station tonight trying to get home, Transport for London what’s going on?????”
Proof that London can’t cope with any weather; the tube stations are flooded! Waded through ankle deep water at Liverpool Street station and London Bridge is leaking too!
Commuter Sanoobar Patel
Commuter Sanoobar Patel uploaded a video from London Bridge station with the caption: “Proof that London can’t cope with any weather; the tube stations are flooded!
“Waded through ankle deep water at Liverpool Street station and London Bridge is leaking too!”
Tarryn Lea posted: “Nightmare commute this eve. Have never heard such a long list of line disruptions/closures during rush hour.
“London really doesn’t know how to handle any sort of weather, not even ‘proper’ rain.”
Laura Jones, who was travelling from London to Birmingham said she had to stand for 45 minutes “dodging the rain water leaking from the ceiling”.
She also claimed that seats were left unavailable in the carriage due to being “soaked through”.
By midnight on Tuesday, Network Rail and Transport for London confirmed all services were back to running as normal.
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The downpour is being brought by a burst of low pressure travelling across the UK, along with warm and humid air linked to the remnants of Hurricane Humberto which hit the Bermuda coastline last week.
The heavy rain is expected to clear by Wednesday, however a low-pressure front is expected to remain for the rest of the week.
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