London floods: Alerts in place after Storm Claudio brings downpours

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Several flood alerts are in place across the country after a night of heavy rain.

Parts of the UK have continued to be battered by Storm Claudio, which has brought downpours and blustery winds.

There are reports of rush hour problems, especially around London, where standing water has made some roads unpassable.

A weather warning for rain remains in place for England’s south coast until mid-afternoon.

As of 7.30am, there are 21 separate flood alerts active for parts of the capital, coastal towns and areas near swollen rivers.

One severe flood warning is place for the village of Buxted in Sussex, where nearly a month’s worth of rain fell in the early hours of this morning.

The Environment Agency has warned the River Uck ‘is high and rising’ and that flooding will ‘affect fields, rural roads, gardens and riverside properties’.

Traffic struggling to navigate the A41 Hendon Way in North London after heavy rain (Picture: LNP)

A motorist climbs out of his vehicle stuck in a flood on the A41 Hendon Way London. Picture by Jeremy Selwyn / SelwynPics +44 7836 200711 03/11/2022

One driver was seen clambering out of his vehicle after it became stuck during a downpour (Picture: LNP)

?? Licensed to London News Pictures. 03/11/2022. London, UK. Commuters attempt to shelter during heavy rain in Greenwich, South East London. A yellow weather warning for rain is in place in for parts of South East England. Photo credit: George Cracknell Wright/LNP

Most in the south of England woke up to some grim weather this morning (Picture: LNP)

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Drivers struggle through a flooded road in Barnham, West Sussex, following heavy rainfall overnight. Picture date: Thursday November 3, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story WEATHER Autumn. Photo credit should read: Joe Sene/PA Wire

There is heavy rush hour traffic across parts of southern England because of sitting water (Picture: PA)

More rain is expected throughout this morning but it’s hoped the river will begin to recede as things become drier this afternoon.

Other warnings for areas around the Esk, Brathay, Rothay, Winster and Wye rivers have been stood down despite flood fears overnight. 

Cars were trapped in high water after flash flooding inundated the A41 Hendon Way in North London last night.

There are severe delays and partial suspensions across the Tube network, according to Transport for London.

Fooding has caused signalling problems, leaving to cancellations and long waits at the busiest time of the day.

Footage posted on social media showed Turnpike Lane in north London is flooded, with one use saying it ‘takes a bit of paddling’ to make it to the station.


The fire brigade was called in to deal with a flooding incident in North Acton (Picture: Ealing.News)

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Flood alerts and one flood warning is in place across the country (Picture: Environment Agency)


Some roads have been impacted by heavy downpours in the north of London (Picture: Environment Agency)

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The scene outside Finchley Road station in North London last night (Picture Twitter/@yoosof_farah)

The Met Office has also warned of strong winds across the north coast of Scotland.

Conditions are expected to improve as the day wears on but some will see more rain this morning.

A Met Office spokesperson said heavy outbreaks are expected across southeast England and East Anglia early doors. 

There’s sunshine and showers elsewhere, with a chance of thunder in the south west.

It’s generally going to be a less windy days but forecasters says some gale force gusts are still expected in coastal areas.

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