People had to be rescued from their homes in Gloucestershire after becoming trapped by flood water.
Areas around Gloucester, including the village of Maisemore, have been worst hit. Several roads have been closed.
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Only handful of beaches have RNLI lifeguard cover during school holidays - the Maritime and Coastguard Agency warns.
Our Devon correspondent Seth Conway has been talking to a family who say without the hospitals, their children may not have survived.
It's going to be a windy one tonight and into the weekend - it could even touch gale force along the south coast.