Flood warning as storms sweep UK


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Homeowners and businesses were told to brace themselves for flooding as heavy rain and strong winds swept across the country today.

The Environment Agency issued a flood warning for Scarborough on the North Sea coast of Yorkshire, saying that on-shore winds could cause problems at high tide between 3am and 4am tomorrow.


It said it expected to issue further warnings - when flooding is expected and "immediate action required" by homeowners and businesses - for other parts of England and Wales in the next few hours.


Flood alerts are already in place for the North Sea coast from Bridlington to Barmston, for east-facing coastal locations in south Devon and a number of Cornish waterways including the River Tamar, Fal, Fowey, St Austell and Par rivers, and rivers in the west of the county.


A spokesman for MeteoGroup, the Press Association's weather division, said that 33mm (1.3 inches) of rain fell at Cardinham, near Bodmin in Cornwall, between 7am and 1pm today. In the Whitchurch area of Cardiff, 24mm (0.95 inches) of rain fell in the same period.


Cornwall Council said its highways and environment services department received more than 300 calls about incidents caused by the severe weather over the past few hours. These include fallen trees, blocked drains and surface water flooding.


Torbay Council said Torquay seafront was going to be closed to traffic at 4pm because of fears over flooding caused by the high tide.


The Environment Agency said tidal gates will also be closed on waterways at Beesands in south Devon, Sutton Harbour in Plymouth, Polperro in south east Cornwall, and Copperhouse in Hayle, near St Ives in west Cornwall.