Heavy rain and strong winds set to cause disruption

The River Esk in Langholm, South Scotland swells after heavy rain. Credit: Lucy Towers/ITV News

The UK is braced for more storms with a wave of heavy rain and strong winds set to cause disruption as 2014 begins.

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings as the UK is braced for further storms. Credit: Lucy Tower/ITV News

Flood warnings have been issued by the Environment Agency as already-sodden land, yet to recover from the Christmas storms, is expected to struggle to cope with further rainfall.

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Residents along Thames prepare for more flooding

The Environment Agency has warned communities along the River Thames throughout Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire of the risk of further flooding, after it burst its banks. There are currently more than 70 flood warnings in place.