Month’s worth of rain expected to fall across UK in next 24 hours

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Residents across the UK who are already struggling with the aftermath of Storm Dennis, have been told to expect further torrential downpours over the next 24 hours.

Although the latest storm may have gone, further agony is in store for beleaguered communities across flood-hit Britain.

The Environment Agency (EA) is warning areas of North Wales, northern England and Scotland to expect further deluges.

The EA says there is a ‘heightened flood risk’ across the Midlands, while there are six severe flood warnings – meaning a danger to life – in place around the Rivers Lugg, Severn and Wye. The lower Avon also remains especially high.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 120 flood warnings in places, with a further 150 lower category alerts also present.

Trunk roads have been forced to close and hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes in the worst-affected areas.

But forecasters have predicted further heavy rainfall is on its way, three days after Storm Dennis left the UK for Scandinavia.

Craig Snell, from the Met Office, said: ‘Hot on the heels of Storm Dennis, we have now got this next weather system coming through.

‘We have a cluster of warnings around the UK running today into tomorrow.

‘Rainfall totals are not too high at the moment. But if we are looking at the situation in 24 hours’ time, we could be looking at 50-60mm in South Wales, 70-100mm in North Wales, and up to 100mm in north west England.

‘In the worst case scenario we could see a month’s worth of rain.’

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