UK braces for heavy floods causing travel disruption and power cuts

BBC Weather: Gusty winds and outbreaks of showers

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Britain is set to be lashed by heavy rain as the Met Office issued a weather warning until Friday. According to the meteorological department, heavy rain that began on Thursday will last well until Friday and is likely to produce over 100mm of rain, with parts of the Grampians and Cairngorm set to see upwards of 150mm.

Weather forecasters preficted that the downpours will eventually ease later Friday, although rivers may continue to run high beyond this.

The department stated: “Homes and businesses are likely to be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

“Delays and some cancellations to train and bus services are likely with spray and flooding leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

“Power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses is possible.”

The Environment Agency has issued 26 flood warnings in England, which mean flooding is expected, and 102 flood alerts, meaning it is possible.

A Met Office spokesperson, Craig Snell told the Guardian: “The warning areas are where we are most concerned about the risk of flooding but it does not mean the areas outside them are not going to see some pretty atrocious conditions.”

Mr Snell told the publication that a warning was in place for the south-east because “it has been quite wet there since the beginning of November, with many places already seeing more than their month’s share of rain”.

Under the yellow warning issued covering the coastal strip of northeast Scotland, parts of north Wales and the Midlands.

The warning stated: “Rainfall will build up across the high ground of eastern Scotland with 50 to 70 mm expected quite widely.

“In excess of 100 mm is expected over hills, particularly in Angus and Aberdeenshire where there is a separate amber warning.

“Rain then slowly dying out through Friday night.

“There is a chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.”

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The warning end time for Wales and Midlands has been extended into early Friday to cater for slower clearance across Northumberland.

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