Risk of breakdowns from flooding

Flooding remains a breakdown risk for motorists after widespread heavy rain, although calmer weather is expected across the south of England.

Cars were abandoned and ferry services halted on Monday as storms battered the south coast. Wind speeds of 77mph were recorded at the Needles on the Isle of Wight.

MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, recorded 28mm of rainfall in 24 hours at Thorney Island in West Sussex.

The Environment Agency issued 26 flood warnings to homes and businesses, mainly in the Midlands, South West and Anglian areas, while 114 watches were in force for low-lying land and roads.

MeteoGroup forecaster Rob Hutchinson said the south of the country is now "out of the woods" in terms of very heavy rain and strong winds.

He said: "There will be some squally showers and gale force winds around north-west coasts, but it's going to be a bright and breezy type of day with lots more sunshine than of late.

"There will possibly be the odd isolated shower, but it will be calming down further over the next few days. High pressure from the west should quieten things down."

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