Heavy rain causes floods chaos
Craig Woolhouse of the Environment Agency said: "We would urge people to remain on alert for flooding, especially in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. It has been raining heavily today, and the situation could escalate quite quickly. We would also ask people to remember to stay away from flood water, and do not walk or drive through it, as it is often fast- moving and can contain sewage and other debris."
Many parts of the country have received more than half the average rainfall for July in just one day, and the Met Office is warning of continued heavy rain on Friday evening and into Saturday.
Severe weather warnings were in place across the Midlands and northern England, Wales, and also for parts of Gloucestershire, Somerset and Devon. There were 50 flood warnings and more than 120 less serious flood alerts in place.
Meanwhile, Grand Prix fans were warned not to attend the Silverstone race track on Saturday as rain left thousands stranded in traffic jams near the site. Heavy rainfall affected race fans outside the Northamptonshire track and left some car parks unusable. Silverstone managing director Richard Phillips issued an "unreserved apology" to fans, adding the incident almost reduced him to tears.
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