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Over 200 flood warnings issued for Brits after heavy rain causes chaos

Over 200 flood warnings have been issued after heavy rain hit Britain and people are being advised to take precaution.

The warnings were issued on Thursday morning, after heavy downpour across England and Wales.

Initially, a yellow Met Office warning was in place stretching over East Anglia, across Leicester, parts of Birmingham and north London, and through to mid-Wales and Cornwall.

However, The Environment Agency (EA) has now issued 94 flood warnings where flooding is expected and immediate action is required in the south east.

The EA also issued a further 149 flood alerts, which warn of possible flooding and urge preparedness.

Nottinghamshire Police said emergency services had been called to a report of a landslide near some homes in a former quarry at 11.40pm on Wednesday.

No properties have been evacuated, though police, fire and ambulance services, along with Mansfield District Council officials, remain on the scene at Bank End Close in Mansfield conducting safety assessments.

According to a Natural Resources Wales gauge, 60.4 mm of rain fell within 13 hours at the Trevethin reservoir in southern Wales on Wednesday.

44.6 mm of rain was also detected in Corby, Northamptonshire, in the same period according to Environment Agency figures.

The heavy rain caused disruption to travel, with many areas including Cardiff reporting surface water on the roads.

On Wednesday night, Gloucestershire Police warned drivers of road closures and poor road conditions in the county, including in Cheltenham, due to the weather.

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Police in Rutland also warned drivers of impassable conditions with one officer tweeting a video that he himself had become stuck due to the adverse weather.

National Rail also warned passengers of the adverse conditions affecting train lines, with Transport for Wales advising customers not to travel on routes in the south of the country.

Alex Burkill, a meteorologist for the Met Office told the PA news agency: "There's been a lot of wet weather around, we've had a heavy rain across much of England and Wales, particularly southern parts of Wales but also further east.

"Most places in England and Wales have been really wet and we've seen strengthening winds too, there have been some gales in exposed parts, so quite unpleasant really."

Mr Burkill later said the rainfall would cease overnight into Christmas Eve.

He said: "The wet weather we've got over us at the moment that's all going to clear away towards the south-east as we go through the night so for Christmas Eve we're going to have lots of fine weather around, with lots of sunshine and a cold northerly flow."

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