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BBC weather warning: Torrential downpours and 70mph winds spark chaos

BBC Weather’s Sarah Keith-Lucas said hours of torrential rain is in the forecast today as a deep area of low pressure covers the UK. The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place for rain stretching from Portsmouth to Canterbury. She warned there could be some coastal flooding across southern and western parts of England and Wales.

Ms Keith-Lucas said: “We have got some rain in the forecast through the course of today.

“Some really unsettled weather. Not a bad day for doing a jigsaw puzzle because not only have we got torrential downpours of rain but some really strong winds in the forecast as well.

“The weather through today could be a little bit disruptive for some of us.

“A deep area of low pressure in charge of things. A couple of weather fronts also bringing some outbreaks of heavy rain.

“There is a lot of lying surface water, some big puddles out there on the roads especially across the southeast.

“This rain will linger over the next few hours and gradually clear away.

“We’re all into that mix of some brighter spells but some really heavy downpours rattling through on that wind.

“The wind’s not quite as strong for Scotland and Northern Ireland but further south those gusts of wind are going to be really noticeable.

“Inland it’s going to be about 50mph but along that south coast gusts could reach 70mph or more.”

It comes as the Environment Agency (EA) warned millions of people have no idea whether their home or business is at risk of flooding.

Research found that one in eight (12 percent) people could be caught out by heavy rainfall, as they have no clue about the danger.

The EA has urged more people to check the risk of flooding online and to follow its guidelines as a result of the country seeing more wet weather “than ever before” due to climate change.

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It advised people living in areas at risk of flooding to prepare a bag that includes medicines and insurance documents to be kept in a safe place and to turn off gas, water and electricity if flooding hits.

More than 5.2 million homes and businesses in England are at risk from flooding, the EA said.

Caroline Douglass, director of incident management and resilience at the EA, said: “Our new research shows that our homes are more important to us than ever before, meaning that the impact of a flood this winter could be even more devastating.

“While the Environment Agency is doing everything we can to prepare for the winter, the climate emergency means that we are experiencing more extreme wet weather than ever before.”

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