Severe weather and flood warnings have been issued as torrential rain and gale force winds hit the UK.

Worst hit is southern England, with the area of the country from Land’s End to the Wash, in East Anglia, now set for a battering by strong winds. Up to 4cm (1.5in) of rain fell in just an hour in some areas of Devon and Hampshire last night – more than half of the average monthly total.

The heaviest rain has now spread eastwards to Yorkshire, the East Midlands, West Midlands, Humberside and East Anglia.

Rain will be followed by gale-force winds reaching more than 60 miles per hour, especially in Kent, the southern counties, Sussex and Lincolnshire, said the BBC Weather Centre.

Flooding has been reported in some areas and travel has been severely disrupted. The Highways Agency warned drivers to take extra care when using roads across much of England.

A BBC Weather Centre spokeswoman said: “There is a risk of local flooding, and with the wind there is also the risk of disruption due to loose branches and debris on the roads.”

The worst of the rain is thought to have passed London, and London Fire Brigade said although it was getting busier, it was not dealing with any major problems caused by flooding or severe weather.

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