UK weather: heavy rain and strong winds from Storm Aurore hit southern England with reports of flooding

The Met Office has forecast more unsettled weather for the rest of the week

Southern England was hit overnight by heavy rain and strong winds from Storm Aurore, with emergency services receiving a high number of calls from people reporting flooding.

The Met Office issued a yellow rain warning covering most of the south for Wednesday night and into Thursday.

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At a glance: 5 key points

  • People living in the south of England could see transport delays, flooding and power issues today after a night of heavy rain.
  • It came as a low-pressure system named Storm Aurore moved in from France, bringing up to 50mm of rain and 45mph winds in the worst affected areas.
  • Essex Fire Service said they had received more than 120 calls up till 2.30am regarding flood-related incidents.
  • Forecasters predict there to be more persistent rain over the weekend, with the heaviest rain expected in western Scotland, where 40-60mm could fall in 24 hours.
  • Northern Ireland, northern England and Wales, could see up to 20mm of rain, while southern and central areas will see light rain.

Background

The Met Office issued yellow rain warnings for the southern counties and Channel Islands until 3am on Thursday, but said the most severe impact of the storm would be over northern France.

It added the unsettled weather was likely to continue for the rest of the week.

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