Downpours adding to flooding risk

Severe Atlantic storms will see up to two weeks of rain fall in 24 hours on already saturated ground, increasing the risk of localised flooding across the country, forecasters have warned.

Council workers in Gloucestershire are on high alert after after storms caused flash floods. Flash flooding has hit homes in Lydney where householders say it is the second time this year they have been inundated.

Severe weather warnings are also in force for Wales, the north west, north east, south west and south east of England as well as London.

South-west England and south Wales have been battered since the early hours of Friday morning, with the rain  set to head north east throughout the day, hitting Northern Ireland and the south of Scotland by mid-afternoon.

Paul Mott of MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, warned that up to 50mm of rain was expected in the next 24 hours, as much as would be typically seen in a fortnight in September.

Experts warn that after an unusually-wet August the ground is saturated the risk of flooding is increased across the UK.

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