TORRENTIAL downpours over the last three days has left much of Britain surrounded by floodwater.
The Met Office has issued warnings of a “danger to life”, as “persistent” rain shows no signs of slowing down.
Yellow 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 resuced 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 magicseaweed.com.
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.”
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