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More Downpours Forecast As UK Faces Flooding Crisis After Storms

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The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for parts of southern Britain, forecasting further heavy rain on already saturated ground. With more disruption expected, emergency services remain on high alert after Storm Henk brought strong winds, intense rainfall and flooding.

The Met Office has placed a yellow severe weather warning covering a broad area from Cornwall to East Anglia, including London.

Their forecast suggests there is a risk of another 50mm of rain in places, which could lead to more flooding, travel delays and potential power cuts. The warning comes after Storm Henk brought winds exceeding 90mph in some regions alongside heavy downpours.

The UK Health Security Agency has also released a cold weather alert for the entirety of England from this Saturday onwards.

It comes as hundreds have already needed evacuating or rescuing from the effects of Storm Henk across Britain. The Red Cross say their emergency response teams are ready to assist if required.

Storm Claims a Life As Flood Warnings Exceed 700 Across England And Wales

Storm Henk has claimed one confirmed victim so far - a man in his 50s from the Bath area who died after a falling tree struck his car in Gloucestershire on Tuesday.

By Wednesday evening, the number of flood warnings and alerts in place for England and Wales stood at over 700. A severe flood warning was in place for Tenby in south-west Wales, indicating a potential danger to life.

Among the areas hit badly by flooding is Bottleacre Lane in Loughborough, Leicestershire. There, dozens of homes have been flooded or surrounded by water, with some residents trapped inside.

Ivan Fletcher, whose ground floor flooded, said he woke to find "water everywhere" and described bins and rubbish floating around.

Meanwhile, in Northamptonshire, many people were evacuated from Billing Aquadrome caravan park in boats as firefighters worked to take residents to safety. One displaced resident said this was the worst flooding there in three years.


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