'Do NOT travel' warning issued as rain and flooding smashes Britain

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Motorists in the South East of England have bared the worst of the storm which has caused localised flooding and forced the Met Office to issue a ‘danger to life’ amber weather warning. Shocking pictures show cars almost submerged including a police vehicle in West Kingdown, Kent. The huge downpour saw 50-60mm of rain falling in the space of four to six hours.

This morning transport services in the South East have been “heavily impacted” with Southern Rail urging commuters to “avoid travelling if possible”.

It said: “Services this morning will be heavily impacted.

“Southern and Thameslink advise you to avoid travelling if possible, If you intend to travel, you may wish to delay your journey or use alternative routes.

“Your journey times will be heavily extended.”

Yesterday Public transport was also severely disputed and saw Regent’s Park tube station in London closed for a period during the rush hour. 

On the busy M25 both directions between junctions four and five were forced to close overnight due to two sink holes emerging.

Kent Police urged motorists to avoid travelling unless absolutely necessary due to severe flooding.

Meanwhile yesterday a lorry was also caught up in the treacherous conditions and flipped onto its side between junctions seven and eight.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill has warned more treacherous weather is on its way with up to 100mm expected by the end of the week.

He said: “If you add it all up some places are likely to see over 100mm this week, which is around double the average they would get in the whole of June.”

The Met Office also stated more flooding and persistent rain is expected across England and Wales.

It wrote on Twitter: “There’s more wet weather in the forecast over the next couple of days with further heavy rain in places.

“Rainfall warnings are in force, with flooding and travel disruption likely.

“It will be a wet commute for many across England & Wales this morning, with some heavy and persistent rain places.”

This is a developing story, more to follow. 

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