The UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain sweeps across the country.

Homes were flooded and roads left underwater yesterday as downpours caused widespread disruption, and forecasters warned more misery is on its way.

Vehicles were abandoned and there were reports of entire villages being cut off as floodwater surged through lanes and streets and into homes.


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Water hassle: Flooding has been exacerbated by saturated ground

As with yesterday, the South West and Wales are expected to bear the brunt of the weather as a low pressure system moves eastwards across the country, bringing gusts of up to 70mph and extremely heavy rain.

The Met Office warned that some areas could see up to 60mm (5in) of rain falling on already saturated ground, leading to further risk of rivers flooding.

Strong winds could yet worsen conditions, particularly surface water flooding, as leaves and debris block drains and channels.

More than 80 flood warnings are in place - 50 alone in the South West - and there are a further 138 less serious flood alerts, the Environment Agency said.

Agency teams are on the ground across the country clearing watercourses of debris and monitoring river levels, and will be out in force over the coming days.


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Hull of a situation: A motorist is rescued in Dorset

Pete Fox, the Environment Agency's head of flood risk strategy, said: "There is already significant travel disruption due to the wet weather and we would urge people to remain vigilant as further flooding is possible across the South West.

"People at flood risk should move their valuable possessions to a safe place before the heavy rain falls.

"We also ask that people stay safe, by staying away from swollen rivers and not attempting to drive through floodwater."

Sally Webb, forecaster with MeteoGroup, the meteorological division of the Press Association, said: "There will be gusts as high as 70mph in coastal parts of Cornwall and south west Wales, and it will be very windy elsewhere, reaching up to 50mph.

"The rain is going to be very heavy, and in parts of Cornwall and south-west Wales we could see as much as 50mm or even 60mm over higher ground.

"Elsewhere in the UK is likely to see between 25mm and 30mm.

"The South West and Wales are going to be the worst hit, and it will also be slow to clear from Scotland.

"Rain will push east overnight towards East Anglia, London and Kent, leaving it a bit drier and clearer in the west."

While today is expected to be a washout, tomorrow should be bright and breezy, with sunny spells and scattered showers in the west.

The weather caused major problems on the road yesterday, with the AA attending more than 8,000 breakdowns - 37% more than normal - and 500 floodwater-related callouts by 4pm.

Roads were reported as being impassable around the M5 corridor and in Worcestershire and south Birmingham, and standing water on roads created difficulties for motorists.

Dozens of schools were closed, including 12 in Devon and 17 in Somerset, two of the worst-hit counties, and
businesses including pubs and restaurants forced to turn away customers following the floods.

According to reports some villages were "impassable", with Yealmpton and Tamerton Foliot in Devon cut off.

Emergency services in Somerset were also called to a flooded property to help rescue a woman who had gone into labour and needed to get to hospital.

Earlier this week, more than 100 residents were evacuated from their homes and transport links were cut off after persistent heavy rain caused flooding in Scotland.

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  • Heavy Rain Causes Disruption For Parts Of The UK

    WELLS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: A car sits stuck in flood water on a lane in the village of Chilcompton on November 21, 2012 near Wells, England. Heavy rain overnight has brought widespread disruption to many parts of the UK particularly in Somerset and Wiltshire and weather forecasters have warned of more wet and windy weather to come.(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Autumn weather November 22nd

    A man walks along the sea front in Helensburgh, Scotland, as the UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain sweeps across the country.

  • Autumn weather November 22nd

    A fishing trawler heads for the safety of Whitby harbour as the UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain sweeps across the country.

  • Autumn weather November 22nd

    A small dog being rescued after becoming stuck near a sea wall during high winds in Helensburgh, Scotland, as the UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain sweeps across the country.

  • Autumn weather November 22nd

    A small dog being rescued after becoming stuck near a sea wall during high winds in Helensburgh, Scotland, as the UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain sweeps across the country.

  • Autumn weather November 22nd

    The P&O Spirit of Britain is buffeted by strong winds as she arrives at The Port of Dover, Kent as the UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain and wind sweeps across the country.

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    KEYNSHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 23: A man uses his boat to get through flood water that has covered the car park of Portavon Marina, on November 23, 2012 in Keynsham, England. A man died during flooding near Bath yesterday as stormy weather is expected to continue over the weekend. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Heavy Rain Causes Disruption For Parts Of The UK

    WELLS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: A car sits stuck in flood water on a lane in the village of Chilcompton on November 21, 2012 near Wells, England. Heavy rain overnight has brought widespread disruption to many parts of the UK particularly in Somerset and Wiltshire and weather forecasters have warned of more wet and windy weather to come.(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Heavy Rain Causes Disruption For Parts Of The UK

    WELLS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: A car sits stuck in flood water on a lane in the village of Chilcompton on November 21, 2012 near Wells, England. Heavy rain overnight has brought widespread disruption to many parts of the UK particularly in Somerset and Wiltshire and weather forecasters have warned of more wet and windy weather to come.(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Autumn weather November 21st

    Cars negotiate floodwater near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, as motorists were urged to take greater care on Britain's roads today after overnight downpours caused some drivers to abandon their vehicles as public highways flooded.

  • Autumn weather November 21st

    Cars negotiate floodwater near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, as motorists were urged to take greater care on Britain's roads today after overnight downpours caused some drivers to abandon their vehicles as public highways flooded.

  • Autumn weather November 21st

    Cars make their way through floods in the village of Norton near Worcester, as motorists were urged to take greater care on Britain's roads today after overnight downpours caused some drivers to abandon their vehicles as public highways flooded.

  • Autumn weather November 21st

    Cars make their way through floods in the village of Norton near Worcester, as motorists were urged to take greater care on Britain's roads today after overnight downpours caused some drivers to abandon their vehicles as public highways flooded.

  • Autumn weather November 21st

    A car is stranded in flood water in the village of Norton near Worcester, as motorists were urged to take greater care on Britain's roads today after overnight downpours caused some drivers to abandon their vehicles as public highways flooded.

  • Autumn weather November 21st

    Cars make their way through floods in the village of Norton near Worcester, as motorists were urged to take greater care on Britain's roads today after overnight downpours caused some drivers to abandon their vehicles as public highways flooded.

  • Flooding hits UK

    Locals make their way in a boat along a flooded road in Felpham near Bognor Regis in West Sussex, after the South East and mid Wales were worst hit by the rain which has battered Britain.

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    A man works on a damaged house in Crowhill Street, Glasgow, after fierce storms battered Britain yesterday.

  • Storms lash Britain

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  • Storms lash Britain

    A tree rests on three cars in Havant, Hampshire as fierce storms battered Britain today, with heavy rain and winds gusting up to 85mph.

  • Storms lash Britain

    Workers clear away fallen trees in the centre of Edinburgh after fierce storms battered Britain yesterday.

  • Flooding hits UK

    A general view of a flooded road in Felpham near Bognor Regis in West Sussex, after the South East and mid Wales were worst hit by the rain which has battered Britain.

  • Autumn weather November 22nd

    A small dog being rescued after becoming stuck near a sea wall during high winds in Helensburgh, Scotland, as the UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain sweeps across the country.

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    CHEW STOKE, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 23: A Land Rover drives near a ford, where a man died after being washed away and trapped in flood waters in Chew Stoke, on November 23, 2012 in Somerset, England. The man died after becoming trapped in his 4x4 car in flood water last night as heavy rain continued to bring chaos to large parts of the country. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    KEYNSHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 23: Two men wade through flood water that has covered the car park for Portavon Marina, on November 23, 2012 in Keynsham, England. A man died during flooding near Bath yesterday as stormy weather is expected to continue over the weekend. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)