Wet weekend for rain-soaked UK

Britain is bracing itself for more flooding this weekend as forecasters predict further heavy downpours. The Environment Agency says nearly 300 properties have already flooded across the UK since Tuesday.

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Met Office: Heaviest rainfall in Gloucestershire

  • Westonbirt in Gloucestershire recorded the heaviest rainfall overnight measuring 22mm between 6pm and midnight.
  • Bournemouth recorded the second heaviest rainfall overnight measuring 19mm between 6pm and midnight.
  • The highest winds were recorded at Capel Curig in Wales where gusts reached up to 86mph.
  • Most of the UK experienced gusts of wind between 60-70mph.

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Man dies after car becomes trapped in flood water

A man has died after becoming trapped in his car in flood water in Somerset.

Emergency services received a call at about 8.50pm last night to say a car was wedged under a bridge near to a ford at Rectory Fields, in Chew Stoke. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said they are still trying to identify the man and his next of kin.

"The vehicle is still stuck there at the moment, and so we are preserving the scene until the water has died down and it is safe to retrieve the car," he added.

"When daylight comes, they will look to remove it."

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