Quick, fill up those hosepipes
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.