FLOODING has trapped people in their homes on the Isle of Man as two weeks’ worth of rain will fall in hour today.
The Met Office has warned of torrential rain and thunder for parts of the country ahead of Hurricane Lorenzo battering the UK.
Some regions can expect to get two weeks worth of rain in less than an hour.
By 7.30am this morning there were 78 flood warnings and 191 flood alerts across the nation.
Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall said: “We could see some local quite torrential downpours and a risk of surface water flooding.”
He added that slow moving clouds on Tuesday meant “we could see as much as 40 to 50mm maybe in a couple of hours in some spots”.
Dramatic images show people wading through knee-deep water and kayaking through the streets as cars remain trapped.
A major incident has been declared on the Isle of Man as residents are trapped in their homes and their vehicles have washed away.
The Isle of Man Constabulary have warned residents to stay upstairs and have said roads are severely flooding.
The worst-hit area appears to be Laxey as police have warned residents to not attempt to evacuate their homes amid floodwater surges.
The Isle of Man Constabulary said: “Persons are trapped in at least 3 houses. Fire Rescue and Coastguard are on scene with fast water rescue teams.
“A major incident has been declared with all Govt agencies helping out. We are asking that any persons trapped go up stairs and monitor media.”
At least two schools are closed and several roads are shut due to flooding.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Wales, South England, East Anglia and the Midlands between 6am and 8pm today.
It warns of heavy showers and disruption caused by flooding.
This comes just days before Hurricane Lorenzo is set to bring more misery.
The precautionary warning was issued over fears that sea defences between Hunstanton and Snettisham, Norfolk, could be breached.
It applies to 3,000 properties but the vast majority are holiday caravans.
Weather forecasters reckon large swathes of the country could be left under water.
A Met Office yellow rain weather warning covering the South remains in place until 8pm.
It said fast-flowing or deep floodwaters could cause “a danger to life”.
Some communities could even be cut off.
The Environment Agency said it had issued more than 150 flood alerts and warnings covering the UK.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said officers rescued an adult and a child trapped in a vehicle caught in floodwater in Bretby, near Burton upon Trent, at around 8pm on Monday.
At around 9pm, crews from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service went to the aid of a woman in a car stuck in floodwater in Cattal Moor Lane, near York.
Photographs taken at the Ship Inn pub in Mevagissey, Cornwall, last night showed floodwater inside the pub and nearby roads submerged.
In west Norfolk, a “precautionary evacuation notice” has been issued for the coastal areas of Hunstanton, Heacham and Snettisham.
‘DANGER TO LIFE’
The Environment Agency said a combination of a high tide due at 8.40am today and predicted force six north-westerly winds could result in flooding in the West Norfolk area.
People are being told to leave caravans and properties in the affected area between 7am and 10am on Tuesday and not to return until it is safe to do so.
They have been urged to take with them any medication, pets and anything urgent they might need over the next 48 hours.
The public are also being advised to take care along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads as large waves and sea spray could be dangerous.
In the South West, the Environment Agency told people to avoid the seafront and check flood warnings due to forecast high tides and winds.
On Tuesday it said predicted heavy showers could bring a “small chance of fast-flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life”.
Other warnings are in place along the coast in Cumbria and the North West, the North East and Yorkshire, the South East coast including Dover and Folkestone, and Cornwall in the South West.
The tail-end of Hurricane Lorenzo is then expected to give Britain a kicking on Thursday.
Met Office weather forecaster Nicola Maxey said: “It’s going to be a pretty wet and wild few days.
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‘LIGHTNING & HAIL’
“There is a yellow rain warning in place today.
“The heaviest showers will begin in the South West and Wales before moving eastwards as the day progresses.
“The concern is that this rain is going to fall on already saturated areas which could leading to localised flooding in places.
“If that wasn’t bad enough, there’s a possibility of lightning and hail mixed in with it.”
There will be some respite tomorrow before what’s left of Lorenzo arrives from the Atlantic late on Thursday.
Ms Maxey added: “By the time it reaches us it will have weakened significantly to an ex-tropical storm.”
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