Warnings as heavy rain and winds hit the Meridian region

There are further risks of flood damage across the south of England today, according to the Environment Agency.

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Clean-up in Paddock Wood

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Flooded orchard in Paddock Wood Credit: ITV News Meridian

Workers from the Upper Medway Drainage Board have been clearing flooded ditches and culverts as water spills from fields onto roads and into houses.

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Clearing ditches in Paddock Wood Credit: ITV News Meridian

Warning after man is rescued from car stuck in floods

This driver had a lucky escape and had to be rescued Credit: Dorset Fire and Rescue

A man has been rescued after getting trapped in a car in flood water in Dorset.

The incident happened incident at Tarrant Monkton this morning.

Dorset Fire and Rescue is advising people not to drive into any flood water.

It can be deceptively deep and only 30cm of water is enough to float a car.

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Experts warn of more storm damage

Further storms, high tides and gale-force winds are expected across many parts of the UK over the weekend as communities already hit by a trail of devastation begin to assess the damage.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings of rain in the south of England and snow in the north of England and southern parts of Scotland. Up to 30mm (1.1in) of rain could fall in just six hours, and there are more warnings of flooding and travel disruption

Residents in Chiswell and Portland in Weymouth, Dorset, were evacuated ahead of high tide last night, while around 100 people living in Aberystwyth, Dyfed, were advised to move to higher ground, with many taking shelter in rest centres.

The risk of flooding to the coast will continue over the next few days, especially on the south and west coast and along the Severn estuary.

– Jonathan Day, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency
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