A violent storm will batter Britain for 24 hours from Saturday as April looks set to be the wettest on record for 250 years.
Widepread flooding, property damage and power cuts are expected as April’s fiercest storm delivers another month’s rain and 70mph winds from tomorrow - but the Environment Agency says the drought has got wrose.
Homes and businesses in York city centre were flooded today, with other roads and farmland submerged as an inch of rain fell, with tornadoes also expected.
Trains were cancelled and delayed in West Yorkshire, while beach hut owners sobbed as their holiday bases in Seaton, Devon, were destroyed in gales.
The Environment Agency had 13 flood warnings and 42 alerts in place - with the north-east worst-hit - with 38 previous alerts making a total of 93 in 48 hours.
The month’s most powerful storm will batter the country for 24 hours from Saturday with the south and west worst hit as two inches’ rain - almost a month’s worth - and 70mph winds strike
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Tornadoes and record-breaking storms - but we're still in drought
- by Louise Gray - The Telegraph
We can all look forward to more rain, flooding and high winds this weekend as one of the wettest Aprils on record draws to a close. Just don’t expect an end to the drought.
Forecasters have warned of property damage, traffic disruption and power cuts as storms and even the odd tornado batter the country.
But while the Environment Agency had 13 flood warnings and 42 flood alerts in place last night, it said many areas would remain in drought for the foreseeable future because groundwater levels were still extremely low. Householders faced the bizarre situation of being at risk of flooding while at the same time being urged to save water.
Homes and businesses in York city centre were flooded on Friday, and roads and farmland in many areas were submerged as an inch of rain fell.
Trains were cancelled and delayed in West Yorkshire, while beach huts in Seaton, Devon, were destroyed in gales.
There could be worse to come tonight as another powerful storm moves in. The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for the whole of the South tomorrow. Flooding and 70mph winds could bring down trees and power lines, close bridges and disrupt ferry services. Snow could fall on high ground and there could be more tornadoes, after two destroyed properties in Warwickshire and Essex this week
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