TORRENTIAL downpours over the last three days have left much of Britain mired in floodwater – and more deluges are on the way.
The Met Office has issued warnings of a “danger to life” as “persistent” rain shows no signs of stopping soon.
The route of the Road World Championships in North Yorkshire was altered so riders could battle on through the rain[/caption]
Walkers on the promenade in Dover, Kent, got a thorough soaking[/caption]
Organisers changed the route of the Road World Championships in North Yorkshire on Sunday due to concerns for rider safety.
Flood warnings remain in place nationwide today with roads closed and trains disrupted.
A man, 23, died when a car hit a tree in a downpour near Fontwell, West Sussex, late on Saturday.
And waves whipped up by strong winds crashed over the promenade in Dover, Kent.
Yellow weather warnings have been put in place for the next two days, with more than 200 flood warnings and alerts enforced around the country.
Two campers and their dog had to be rescued from torrential rain from Laughter Hole, Dartmoor.
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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, is 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.”
Railways were also plunged into chaos with trains between Blackpool North and Preston suspended due to flooding and stretches of track in Cheshire also hit.
Speed restrictions were put in place between Wigan and Southport, and Leeds and Harrogate.
There was no service from Sheffield to Manchester due to water on the tracks, and there were speed restrictions in the opposite direction.
The rail operator warned it had imposed speed restrictions on many parts of its network due to safety concerns.
The Environment Agency has 61 localised flood warnings across England and Wales, plus 169 alerts for possible flooding.
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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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