The Straits Times
Published on Nov 23, 2012

Rain-battered Britain prepares for floods


LONDON (AFP) - Swathes of Britain were hit by heavy rains and strong winds for a second day on Thursday, with authorities warning of worse flooding to come at the weekend.

More than 80 flood warnings were in place, mainly in southwest and central England, and more 100 homes evacuated after torrential rains swept in on Wednesday with winds of up to 110kph.

Roads across much of Britain were deluged, leaving hundreds of drivers stranded.

The Met Office weather agency said some areas saw up to 60mm of rain falling on already saturated ground, and forecast more downpours across the country on Saturday and Sunday.