Weather forecast – UK set for week-long washout as Storm Alex rages on causing burst river banks and flash-floods
BRITAIN will be hit by a week-long washout as torrential downpours drag on.
The Met Office’s dire weather warning came after more than a month’s worth of rain fell at the weekend.
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Storm Alex battered Britain leaving a trail of destruction and flash-flooding in its wake.
Last night, the Environment Agency had 26 flood warnings in place urging immediate action and 74 flood alerts.
Abergwyngregyn in wales was hit hard today as the river burst its banks.
A road is closed as officials scramble to deal with the incident and one resident reported several sheep have disappeared.
Footage shows the roaring river bubbling over its banks, with plumes of murky brown water jetting dangerously close to homes and gardens.
Meanwhile floodwaters in England have caused road issues and disrupted public transport.
Floodwaters of up to 4ft were recorded in the southeast with London and Essex badly affected.
Somerset saw more than half a foot of rain in the Blackpitts Gate area, and the Met Office issued severe weather warningsfor the first time in more than six months.
And Gadebridge Park in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, was also completely submerged today and Saturday following the unrelenting downpours.
Officials could be seen assessing damage as floodwater lapped at front doors and engulfed gardens.
Areas of Northumberland also saw flooding with pictures showing ankle-deep water seeping into frustrated resident's trousers.
And amber "danger to life" warnings for parts of the West Midlands, west and south-west England and most of Wales have been extended until midday today.
They were due to expire around 6am this morning but continuous heavy rain has sparked fears there could be further disruption caused by rainfall today.
Meanwhile, drivers in West Lothian in Scotland had to be rescued after they became stuck in knee-deep floodwaters.
Pictures show emergency workers helping one man into a bright green dinghy, the entire bottom of his car submerged in chilly waters.
And today hundreds of fitness fanatics braved the miserable conditions to head out on the 40th London Marathon – taking place virtually this year due to coronaviurs.
Runners could be seen sporting soaked cagoules over their gym kits as they pounded the soggy pavements.
A small group of elite athletes including Mo Farrah were allowed to run the course, pounding pavements for more than19.8 laps in a fenced-off 'controlled secure biosphere' around St James's Park in London.
Twitter users expressed fears some parts of would need to be rerouted due to giant puddles and rising water levels.
And last night boozy Brits were seen enjoying a rainy night out on the town despite the wet weather
Large crowds of people were seen in Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester, London and Liverpool last night.
Despite soaring Covid-19 rates in the North there was little social distancing.
Storm Alex is drenching the UK, with amber weather warnings for rain in place for Wales, the West Midlands, South West England and also parts of Scotland.
It marks the first time that amber warnings have been issued for rain since March.
Yesterday, Meteorologist John Griffiths said: "There's still a lot of wet weather to get through today and into tonight, so we haven't really seen the worst of it yet."
Forecasters ominously predicted yesterdaythat the "worst is yet to come" from Storm Alex.
Although according to the Met Office website, rain could "ease off" in some parts today, although Northern Ireland remains cloudy with showers.
Some parts of Scotland could brighten up later, too, before more downpours across the UK tongiht.
The south of England will remain chilly, blustery and grey.
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