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Wind and rain warning for the East

The Met Office has issued a Yellow Weather Warning for the East of England and the East Midlands for strong winds and heavy rain. Rain is falling onto already saturated ground and is likely to cause further flooding.

Winds could gust up to 60 miles per hour during the early hours of Sunday morning which is enough to cause damage or bring tree branches down.

Gale to severe gale force westerly or southwesterly winds are expected to set in suddenly across some southern parts of England overnight and into Sunday. The public should be aware of difficult driving conditions and risk of damage to trees. The worst affected areas may be in East Anglia.

Further persistent rain will spread across England and Wales on Saturday, turning heavy at times later. Given existing levels of saturation, the public should be aware of the risk of localised flooding.

– Met Office Weather Warning

The rain on Saturday night is expected to clear away northwards by early Sunday morning and the Anglia region will have a mostly dry day on Sunday before more rain arrived on Sunday night into Monday.

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More flood warnings in place

Nineteen flood warnings and alerts are in place after heavy rain.

Suffolk and Essex are worst affected. The A12 and A120 have been closed because of flooding.

The Environment Agency has warned people living close to the River Brain from Black Notley to Witham that flooding is imminent.

The met office has issued a yellow alert for rain this afternoon.

For the latest flood warnings and alerts, visit the Environment Agency website.

Get today's weather forecast here.

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