PEOPLE are being urged to flee coastal homes TODAY as 200 flood alerts are issued – with two inches of rain set to fall in as many hours.
Properties five miles from the Queen’s Sandringham home got an evacuation alert ahead of the deluge – which comes before Hurricane Lorenzo hits later this week.
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The precautionary warning was issued over fears that sea defences between Hunstanton and Snettisham, Norfolk, could be breached.
It applies to 3,000 properties but the vast majority are holiday caravans.
Forecasters reckon large swathes of the country could be left under water.
A Met Office yellow rain warning covering the South remains in place until 8pm.
It said fast-flowing or deep floodwaters could cause “a danger to life”.
Some communities could even be cut off.
The Environment Agency said it had issued more than 200 flood alerts and warnings covering the UK.
The River Ouse through York was expected to peak last night.
Riverside properties in central Boston, Lincs, are also at risk.
Other warnings are in place along the coast in Cumbria and the North West, the North East and Yorkshire, the South East coast including Dover and Folkestone, and Cornwall in the South West.
In a further blow, overnight temperatures are expected to drop below freezing.
The tail-end of Hurricane Lorenzo is then expected to give Britain a kicking on Thursday.
Met Office forecaster Nicola Maxey said: “It’s going to be a pretty wet and wild few days.
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‘LIGHTNING & HAIL’
“There is a yellow rain warning in place today.
“The heaviest showers will begin in the South West and Wales before moving eastwards as the day progresses.
“The concern is that this rain is going to fall on already saturated areas which could leading to localised flooding in places.
“If that wasn’t bad enough, there’s a possibility of lightning and hail mixed in with it.”
There will be some respite tomorrow before what’s left of Lorenzo arrives from the Atlantic late on Thursday.
Ms Maxey added: “By the time it reaches us it will have weakened significantly to an ex-tropical storm.”
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She said the 4.2 inches (106mm) average rainfall total for September was above the UK average of 3.8 inches (96mm).
But some areas have seen nearly double their September average.
Dorset typically gets 2.8 inches (72mm) — but for the month a staggering 5.1 inches (129mm) fell.
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