Over 20 cars were trapped in torrential downpour last night on the A27 in West Sussex after torrential downpour saw over half a month’s rainfall in over 48 hours. Motorists have since been warned to stay off the roads as cars have been stuck in flood water.
News has since followed that the UK is set to suffer “miserable conditions” over the next two days.
The A27 was closed in both directions between Emsworth and Chichester yesterday evening as West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service worked to free the waterlogged vehicles.
The service posted on Twitter: “A27 CLOSED both ways from Fishbourne, Chichester to Havant Around 20 cars stuck in flood water.
“We are extremely busy dealing with multiple flood-related incidents, including rescuing people from cars and flooding in buildings.”
The Met Office issued weather alerts as a band of rain, which arrived in Cornwall on Wednesday afternoon, travels across the country.
It will be passing over Scotland’s east coast on Friday.
The forecaster explained that conditions may be “atrocious” for the England, while the Scottish highlands will see some snow.
“Police on the scene and the road closed in both directions. We are attending with specialist equipment to help bring people to safety. AVOID THE AREA and only travel if necessary,” they said.
Motorists were also being warned of heavy delays by travel service Romanse.
The hold-ups were taking place around the A27 and A3M near Havant, Hampshire, due to flooding caused by rain.
Police in Winchester, Hampshire, have also advised of a large tree coming down and blocking a road in Swanmore.
At the same time, the Environment Agency issued three flood warnings and 43 flood alerts mostly across the South Coast.
The Met Office’s first weather warning will kick in at 5pm, covering a southeast area stretching from Southampton and the Isle of Wight in Hampshire to the coast in Kent.
It will last until 6am on Thursday.
Forecasters warn that roads, homes and businesses could be flooded and transport services disrupted.
Another yellow rain warning then comes into force across a large area of the UK for the whole of Thursday, from 12am until 11.59pm.
Various locations flooded with water caused by downpours in the UK