Flash floods hit UK as Met Office issues amber warning

Flash floods hit UK as Met Office issues amber warning

Heavy rain hit Devon and Cornwall (Image: Oliver Dobbs/APEX)

Heavy rain hit Devon and Cornwall (Image: Oliver Dobbs/APEX)

Parts of Devon and Cornwall have been flooded as thunderstorms hit the UK.

Heavy rains fell over the Southwest, causing roads to be submerged in water and locals saying they had never seen anything like it.

The Met Office had already issued an amber thunderstorm warning for areas of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, meaning there is a chance of flooding homes and businesses, power outages, deep or fast-flowing floods causing danger. for life, transportation disruptions and communities cut off by flooded roads.

Images posted on social media showed a roundabout near the river in Truro, Cornwall, rapidly flooding with water this afternoon after heavy rain.

Ruan Sims, the manager of the HiQ Tire and Autocare garage at the roundabout, explained that the road had been flooded in the past, but he had never seen the water rise so high.

He said the water came in suddenly when it started to rain, but then drained completely about 10 minutes later and the sun came out.

It was pretty crazy. We’ve never seen him go that high,” Sims said.

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It didn’t go into the garage, but it went right up to the wall.

He said cars were driving through it slowly, but he saw some stop until the water level started to drop again.

Met Office meteorologist Tom Morgan said most places have had a dry day, but added: “There have been areas of the country that have predominantly seen heavy rain today, in the south west of England.”

“We’ve seen some flooding in parts of Cornwall and Devon,” he said, adding there has been “very difficult driving conditions, flash flooding, hail with thunderstorms and some lightning.”

Morgan said the flooding also “causes the possibility of some power outages and some possible flash flooding, particularly in towns and more urban areas.”

The water rapidly receded in the area (Image: Oliver Dobbs/APEX)

The water rapidly receded in the area (Image: Oliver Dobbs/APEX)
Some drivers chose not to go through the water (Image: Oliver Dobbs/APEX)

There are also thunderstorms in the east coast areas in Suffolk, Essex and Lincolnshire.

“There is also so much potential for tomorrow to be as impactful as it has been today.”

Yellow warnings are also in effect for most of the UK on Tuesday and for southern England on Wednesday.

It comes after weeks of little rain and hot conditions that have caused drought in parts of the UK, leaving the land parched.

Earlier, Londoners have been warned that dry weather has left the city vulnerable to flooding, with grasslands unable to absorb water as quickly.

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The National Drought Group on Friday moved parts of the South West, parts of southern and central England and eastern England to official drought status, while six water companies already have or plan to impose hose bans.

Inverness in Scotland was hit by heavy rain on Sunday, with images and photos shared online showing water leaking through the roof of a Vue cinema and flooding a Tesco store.

Professor Hannah Cloke, a hydrology expert at the University of Reading, previously explained why there is a chance of flooding in drought-affected areas.

She said: “The ground is really dry and when it’s that dry it acts a bit like concrete and water can’t get in so it drains straight away.”

“There’s the damage to homes and businesses that these floods can cause, and the inconvenience with transportation disruptions, but if it’s very heavy in one place, it can also be very dangerous.”

On how it could affect urban areas, he added: “If it rains a lot in a city, the drainage system can cope to some extent, but if it rains a lot, it can overwhelm the system, the rain can’t escape quickly.” enough.’

In rural areas, Professor Cloke said this type of flooding often hits low spots on roads and under bridges, adding: “It’s very dangerous to drive through flood water.”

Explaining why this heavy rain will not relieve drought-affected areas, he continued: ‘It really is a drop in the ocean. It doesn’t soak into the ground, which is how we really need it. We need it back on the system where it can be stored.

“We really need a long winter of rain to replenish this.”

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