TORRENTIAL rain brought flash flooding and disruption to many parts of Britain yesterday.
There were 70 flood warnings and 184 flood alerts in force by 10.30am.
Police declared a ‘major incident’ when a coastguard helicopter was brought in over the village of Laxey on the Isle of Man to help people trapped in their homes after a river burst its banks and surged through the streets.
Witness Julie Graham tweeted about ‘horrendous conditions’, but said: ‘The emergency services are doing an amazing job.’ On the mainland, Northern Rail said the line between Hexham and Carlisle was blocked after a reported landslip at Wetherall.
Heavy flooding was also reported in the village of Cossington, Leicestershire.
Forecasters were expecting up to 2in of rain in a few hours in some areas.
Fine weather is predicted today, which will give way to further wind and rain as the remains of Hurricane Lorenzo lashes the UK from later on tomorrow.