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A BMW sits in a ditch surrounded and imerged in flood water on Bristol Road in North Somerset after heavy rain has affected roads across the South West. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September, 24, 2012. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The appalling weather across the county and the UK is set to continue with more strong winds and showers forecast for the rest of the week.
However, Norfolk has been spared some of the worst conditions seen across the country in the past few days.
Parts of the UK have suffered floods and travel chaos after inches of rain fell in just 24 hours, with more downpours and high winds forecast for some areas.
In England, the Environment Agency has issued more than 20 river flooding warnings for the Midlands, North East, North West and South West and more than 120 less serious flood alerts.
Heavy rain has led to more than 100 properties flooding, with some 42 properties in the South West, 35 in the Midlands and 20 in the South East hit by surface water floods. There has also been widespread disruption and long delays in the areas affected.
Chris Bell, a forecaster with UEA-based Weatherquest, said: “In Norfolk we have had about an inch of rain in the last day-and-a-half, which is not that unusual.
“We are looking at a few scattered showers today, particularly around midday. The strongest winds will also be around midday with 40mph winds on parts of the coast. It will generally be a breezy, cool day.
“We are also looking at showers and winds tomorrow and Thursday, but improving later in the week.” The Met Office warned that up to 100mm (almost four inches) of rain could fall in parts of northern England, the Midlands and north and east Wales yesterday and today.
Some areas could receive their average rainfall for the whole of September in 24 hours, raising the risk of flooding from rivers and surface water. A significant number of flood warnings could be issued over the coming days as the wet weather looks set to persist over the UK. People are urged to be prepared for flooding, keep an eye on local weather reports and sign up to the Environment Agency’s flood warning service. People are also being urged to stay away from swollen rivers and not to attempt to drive through floodwater.