UK weather: Rain warnings as flooding hits roads and rail

Motorists are being warned to stay off roads as the UK prepares for “atrocious” conditions caused by heavy rain.

Some rail lines have been impacted, with disruption between Tonbridge and Hastings caused by flooding.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service urged people to “only travel if necessary” after 20 cars became stuck on the A27.

The Environment Agency has issued 27 flood warnings and 104 flood alerts.

A band of rain – which arrived on Wednesday in Cornwall – will travel across England before passing over Scotland’s east coast on Friday.

There is a small chance of properties flooding, communities being temporarily cut off by flooded roads and disruption to transport, the Met Office has warned.

The Met Office has issued weather alerts, including a yellow warning for rain on Thursday.

The yellow warning is in place for the whole of Thursday and covers an area stretching from Birmingham, Lincoln and Hull to north Wales, Liverpool and Manchester, as well as the east coast up to…

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