Yorkshire braces itself for floods

Yorkshire is bracing itself for heavy downpours, as the rains that blighted the South on Monday move northwards.

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and Bridlington, East Yorkshire. Meanwhile rivers and coastal areas in Cornwall, Devon, and parts of Wales are also said to remain at risk.

In Cornwall, the council's highways and environment services department received more than 300 calls about incidents caused by the severe weather in the space of a few hours on Monday. These included fallen trees, blocked drains and surface water flooding.

Homeowners and businesses are bracing themselves for water damage in the hours ahead.

Motorists should ensure theircar insurance documents are in order, and try to keep their vehicles protected from flood water.Breakdown cover will also bring peace of mind to drivers anxious about experiencing car trouble when out and about in the heavy downpours.

A spokesman for MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "The heavy rain we had in the South and the South West yesterday has pushed north-eastwards across England and Wales into southern Scotland overnight.

"Any lingering rain across England and Wales will clear this morning, but across northern and eastern Scotland it will linger for much of the day. There will be some heavy and prolonged outbursts there.

"Following that rain there will be sunny spells and showers, some of which will be quite heavy, and possibly some lightning strikes."

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