TORRENTIAL downpours over the last three days have left much of Britain mired in floodwater.
The Met Office has issued warnings of a “danger to life”, as “persistent” rain shows no signs of slowing down.
Intense downpours in Horwich, Greater Manchester yesterday, with drivers battling inches of floodwaterMercury Press
Brits across the country woke up to high levels of floodwater. River Calder in West Yorkshire burst its banks this morning, forcing this driver to collect his belongings from his car.
A riverboat kiosk is swamped by the flood water on the river Brit at West Bay in DorsetAlamy Live News
weather warnings have been put in place for the next three days, with more than 100 flood alerts enforced around the country.
Two campers and their dog had to be rescued from torrential rain from Laughter Hole, Dartmore.
In North Wales, huge waves crashed over sea walls today – the biggest for many months.
Inland there were floods in the Conwy Valley and the Dyfi bridge which links Machynlleth in mid Wales to the north became impassable.
And forecasters have said Hurricane Lorenzo will bring more misery towards the end of this week.
Gusts from around 50mph to over 70mph are expected in the west of the UK, with 16ft waves forecast on South-West coasts, according to
Some parts of the country could even see as much as 70mm of rain.
Winter’s first snow is due on Wednesday, with a covering on Scotland’s higher mountains, amid an Arctic plunge bringing -2C nights, frost and a chilly Wednesday with 13C highs in the South.
Lorenzo, a maximum Category 5 storm, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded so close to Europe.
Only one hurricane or tropical storm has ever made landfall on Europe’s mainland at tropical storm strength – Vince in Spain in 2005.
Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said: “Lorenzo is a real beast of a storm.
“It will be one of Europe’s strongest ever tropical storms, as the Azores are part of Europe.
“After reaching the Azores on Tuesday, Lorenzo is expected to move to the UK by Thursday – bringing a couple of days with potentially worse conditions than this weekend.
“There are scenarios from gales to storm-force 70mph-plus gusts, but there’s uncertainty.”
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Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “Another bout of stormy weather follows into Tuesday.
“And could a wintry start to October be cold enough for snow on Scottish mountains?
“Then Hurricane Lorenzo and tropical disturbances may see further stormy weather.”
The news comes amid
a soaking wet weekend with the Met Office warning of potential power cuts due to extreme weather and floods.
Dorset was battered by heavy rain and strong winds today, leaving Weymouth Harbour surrounded by inches of floodwaterBournemouth News
Floodwater surges around this car in Crovie, north east ScotlandAdventure Girl
Dorset was battered by heavy rain and strong winds today, with roads completely flooded surrounding Weymouth HarbourBournemouth News
Biblical floods have hit Britain after three days of heavy downpours
A woman wraps up against the elements on the promenade in Dover, KentPA:Press Association
After a night of heavy downpours flash flooding is causing chaos across Wales with roads closed and cars left submerged in waterWales Online
Flood water covers the fairways and greens of the Mond Valley golf course in Clydach near SwanseaAlamy Live News
Heavy overnight rain and wind brought a high amount of rainfall to the South Wales area causing localised floodingAlamy Live News
A family runs across the South Coast as strong winds batter Brighton© Southern News & Pictures Ltd.
Bournemouth beach where the wind has produced masses of spume with the stormy seas with some surfers in the seaAlamy Live News
After heavy rain yesterday and last night the river Wye bursts it’s banks in the small Welsh market town of Builth WellsLondon News Pictures
Heavy and ‘persistent’ rain is expected to batter Britain for another three days
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