Quick, fill up those hosepipes

Midweek Sport - - NEWS -

BRI­TAIN is on flood alert as Wed­nes­day’s freak washout sees 50mph At­lantic storms dump two inches of rain, with two inches more by Sun­day as al­most TWO MONTHS’ rain falls in five days.

The Met Of­fice is­sued four se­vere weather alerts and said south­ern Eng­land and east­ern Scot­land will be worst hit.

Lo­calised flood­ing and abysmal driv­ing con­di­tions are ex­pected.

The En­vi­ron­ment Agency is­sued a flood alert for a 35-mile stretch of the south Devon coast ei­ther side of Tor­bay as a 50cm-plus ti­dal surge boosts Wed­nes­day morn­ing’s high tide.

More flood alerts are be­ing con­sid­ered – but en­vi­ron­ment chiefs said the down­pours will have no ef­fect on the drought and hosepipe ban. Heavy rain runs off hard soil, while thirsty plants suck up what­ever seeps in and the rest evap­o­rates.

Heavy snow is due over Scot­tish moun­tains, while fore­cast thun­der­storms are set to bring mid-air tor­na­does - spin­ning fun­nel clouds stretch­ing be­low storm clouds.

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