U.K. Rain Persisting Today Seen Increasing Risk of Flooding

Areas of the U.K. may receive a further 70 millimeters (2.8 inches) of rain “over the next day or so,” increasing flood risk after excess precipitation in the past week, the Met Office said.

Parts of northern England and north Wales may have the highest totals today, the national weather forecaster said in a statement on its website. The regions may also experience strong winds, it said.

“We are expecting more flooding today, and we would urge people especially in southwest, central and northern England and Wales to use the daylight hours to prepare,” Paul Mustow, head of flood incident management, said in the statement.

There were 191 flood warnings and 293 alerts in place across England and Wales as of 1:10 p.m. today, according to the Environment Agency. Two people died during recent storms and more than 800 homes were flooded, the BBC reported yesterday.

Parts of the U.K. had more than 27 millimeters of rain in the 12 hours up to 6 a.m. today, following storms that brought more than 90 millimeters to some areas between Nov. 20 and Nov. 23, according to the Met Office. Wind gusts reached 62 miles an hour yesterday in southeast England, it said.

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