'Danger to life' weather warning as torrential rain to batter parts of UK

Severe weather warnings have been issued for large parts of the UK, with the Met Office saying there is the potential for danger to life from flooding.

The yellow warning covers much of Wales and the South West of England, and is in place from 7am tomorrow until 3am on Saturday.

Forecasters said that a band of heavy rain will come in over the areas covered, with disruption likely.

They warned people to be wary of the potential for homes and businesses to be flooded causing damage to buildings, fast flowing or deep floodwater ‘causing a danger to life’, delays or cancellations to train and bus services, spray and flooding leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

In addition, some communities may be cut off by flooded roads while there could be power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses.

The Environment Agency has issued 32 flooding alerts, saying ‘flooding is possible – be prepared’.

Rivers which could be affected include the Severn, the Tamar and rivers in North Cornwall.

Early morning on Saturday the rain will clear to the east, leaving bright spells and blustery showers over the weekend, wettest in western areas.

The Met Office said it will be chilly on Sunday night before cloud and rain arrives for Monday.

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