Met Office issues rare amber warning with fears imminent flooding to engulf homes – mapped


The Met Office has issued a rare amber weather warning for an imminent flooding deluge to batter parts of the UK within hours.

The warning, which covers London and parts of the south east of England region, comes alongside two separate weather alerts and states further heavy rain is expected at first this morning and will lead to some flooding and disruption.

The weather agency warned: "Delays and some cancellations to train and bus services are likely.

"Spray and flooding probably leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

"Power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses likely.

"Homes and businesses are likely to be flooded, causing damage to some buildings."

The amber warning, which covers Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton, is in place from 6.13am to 8.00am this morning.

Rainfall is set to reach as high as 70 to 80mm in several locations - primarily over the Isle of Wight.

Brits are advised to prepare for flooding, including parking cars outside of the flood zone and storing valuables up high, including electrical devices, important documents and furniture.

Forecaster Craig Snell said: "It could be a bit of a tricky rush hour, first thing, but the rain will move out of the way and it will certainly be nowhere near on the scale of what we’ve seen further north."

He added that some areas along the Bristol Channel and English Channel could receive 50-60mm of rainfall, but this “would be very localised”.

On Tuesday evening, the Met Office extended its yellow weather warning area west and north west across parts of south Wales and south-west England.

In its warning, the weather agency predicts that bus and train services will likely be affected, “with journey times taking longer”.

It also states that the flooding of a few homes and businesses is “likely”.

The yellow fog warning was issued just before 3am on Wednesday and runs until 11am with the Met Office predicting the fog would be “dense in places” and lead to disruption.

At least seven people are now thought to have died in incidents related to Storm Babet, while hundreds were forced to flee their homes in Scotland and north-east England. About 1,250 properties in England flooded during the storm, according to the Environment Agency.

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