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Downpours and delays make for not-so-great getaway

Most schools have now closed for the summer so roads, airports and ferry terminals were crammed full today as millions set off on holiday.

Half a million passengers are passing through Heathrow this weekend, while 300 thousand holidaymakers are expected to fly out from Gatwick.

More than 70 thousand people will travel on Eurostar to France.

More families than ever are heading overseas, but traffic hold-ups, bad weather and Operation Stack have all contributed to a frustrating start to the summer break for many.

Watch Emma Wilkinson's report:

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Environment Agency warns of possible surface water flooding

Kent and Essex are at risk of surface water flooding Credit: ITV Meridian

Heavy rain in south and east England on Friday and overnight into Saturday morning will bring a risk of localised surface water flooding, particularly for parts of Essex and Kent.

If you’re driving away for the summer holidays, as always, please remember not to drive through flood water. People are urged to check their flood risk on our website, especially if you’re holidaying in an area where you’re not familiar with the flood risk.

– John Curtin, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency

How air traffic control copes with busy airports

Today's set to be the busiest travel day of the year - with roads and airports braced for an influx of holidaymakers.

The summer getaway means air traffic controllers at Swanwick in Hampshire will be busy organising eight thousand flights through UK airspace.

ITV News Meridian has spoken to NATS control manager Wendy Howard-Allen.

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