Ministers insisted that the authorities were doing "everything possible" and the military was on standby as the country braced for further heavy rain and gale force winds.
Severe flood warnings, where there is a danger to life, remain in place along stretches of the River Thames west of London and on the Somerset Levels. Severe flood warnings remain in place along stretches of the River Thames west of London.
Hundreds of people have been evacuated from homes along the Thames after its burst its banks in Surrey and Berkshire, with thousands more at risk as water levels are expected to rise even further today.
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Rain becoming heavy at times this afternoon before clearing tonight. Dry with hazy sunshine tomorrow but feeling fresher.
Mild with cloud and patchy rain at times. Heavy rain this evening, then dry, bright and feeling fresher tomorrow.
More than 800 sailors died when two battleships, Repulse and the Prince of Wales, were sunk by the Japanese.