THE Environment Agency has issued 150 flood alerts and another 34 serious flood warnings – before Hurricane Lorenzo drenches Britain.
A flood map shows almost no area of England is safe as recent rain and tidal swells see river banks burst and coastal regions battered.
Continued flash floods are also expected to cause misery – with water levels struggling to go down despite a relatively dry day for many today.
But the respite from the rain will be short-lived – as the remnants of ex-Hurricane Lorenzo will see sheets of scrawly showers hit the UK.
Deluges from Lorenzo – which was described as a “real beast” of a storm – will sweep into an already drenched Britain from Thursday.
More flood misery is expected as sodden ground and swollen rivers struggle to cope with the fresh weather onslaught.
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said of Lorenzo’s power: “This could lead to the potential for flash flooding quite quickly.”
Meteorologist Luke Miall added: “We could see some local quite torrential downpours and a risk of surface water flooding.”
Dramatic images yesterday showed people wading through knee-deep water and kayaking through streets as cars were submerged.
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In a further blow, overnight temperatures are expected to drop below freezing on Wednesday evening.
Then, the tail-end of Hurricane Lorenzo is then expected to give Britain a kicking from Thursday afternoon onwards.
It will spread up from the south and west, covering most of the UK by around 10pm.
Met Office weather forecaster Nicola Maxey said: “It’s going to be a pretty wet and wild few days.
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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