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Hurricane Lorenzo is due later in week

On its way: Lorenzo is currently in the Atlantic with winds of up to 155mph PICTURE: NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

MORE heavy downpours are on the way for rain-hit Britain today amid warnings Hurricane Lorenzo is ready to strike later this week.

There were dramatic scenes off the East Sussex coast yesterday as ten beach huts were washed into the sea.

Bystanders took pictures of the huts being ‘carted away’ at St Leonards-on-Sea. ‘There will be a lot of damage, they were battered,’ said Cheryl Fletcher, 46.

High Wye act: River after it burst its banks in mid Wales market town of Builth Wells PICTURE: LNP

Up to 70mm of rain fell over parts of the country on top of land that is already saturated. Currently, the Environment Agency has 28 flood warnings in place for England in counties such as Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Hampshire, Sussex, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

There are two warnings in place in Monmouthshire plus 175 alerts for possible flooding across the rest of Wales.

Those concerned are urged to check the agency’s website for more information. Meteorologist Alex Burkill said: ‘A system is going to come in today, reaching south-west England and Wales and spreading eastwards.

Off to sea: Beach huts are washed away in a storm at St Leonardson-Sea PICTURE: TRIANGLE NEWS

‘By evening rush hour, much of England and Wales will be pretty wet.’

The tail end of Lorenzo is forecast to hit Britain on Thursday. The category-four storm with winds of 155mph is about 1,360 miles south-west of the Azores, the Portuguese island chain, and moving north.

The Met Office said the storm was expected to move close to Scotland with heavy rain and gusts of 70mph.