Rain storms disrupt the North-west

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Heavy rain and high winds brought flooding which caused chaos in some parts of Britain yesterday.

The worst affected areas after as much as three inches of rain on Saturday night were the North-west, Wales, and Cumbria, where some roads were under four feet of water and blocked by abandoned cars. Most were later reopened.

England and Wales could expect further outbreaks of rain and wind, but the situation was expected to improve gradually across the country, a London Weather Centre spokesman said.