As emergency services battle flooding and landslides brought about by Storm Dennis, experts have warned people to be prepared for further heavy rain, with a record number of flood warnings issued.
Parts of the UK have been battered by 90mph winds today, with more than a month’s worth of rain falling in 48 hours.
Despite storm Dennis beginning to move away, the Environment Agency (EA) is urging people to remain vigilant and said ‘significant’ river and surface water flooding is expected to continue into next week.
A Met Office yellow warning for high winds covering the whole of Scotland is in force until 11:00 tomorrow.
Flood duty manager Caroline Douglass added: ‘Storm Dennis will continue to bring disruptive weather into early next week, and there are flood warnings in place across much of England.
‘We urge people to check the flood risk in their area and remain vigilant.’
A man in his 60s was swept to his death after falling in to a swollen river in South Wales this morning as the storm claimed its third victim.
Two bodies were pulled from the sea yesterday.
A teenage boy lost his life after being swept away in Herne bay, off the coast of Kent, while a man died after falling from a fuel tanker near Margate Harbour, following aggressive waves bought about by the storm.
Roads and railways were flooded on Sunday morning after torrential downpours and high winds caused by the second storm in just over a week.
The situation was described to be ‘life-threatening’ in South Wales, where the Met Office issued a red warning due to heavy rainfall and flooding risk until 11am.
EA’s flood and coastal risk management executive director John Curtin said that there were a record number of flood warnings and alerts in force.
The agency said on Sunday afternoon that there had been more than 600 flood warnings and flood alerts in place across England – covering an area from Scotland’s River Tweed to the rivers of west Cornwall.
The Met Office said that winds of more than 80mph were recorded across parts of the country, with the highest measuring 91mph in Aberdaron in North Wales on Saturday.
A total of 156.2mm of rain fell at Crai Reservoir in Powys in the 48 hours from Friday to Sunday morning, it added.
The average monthly rainfall for February in Wales is 111.1mm, the Met Office added.
However, Meteorologist Craig Snell said that while Storm Dennis was moving away from the UK, wet and windy weather would continue – with scattered showers and winds of around 50mph to 60mph.
He added: ‘We are not out of the woods yet with wind.
‘We have got to get all this water through the river system so even though the warnings from us may expire, flood warnings are likely to remain in force for the next 24 hours.’
Severe flood warnings have also been issued for the rivers Neath and Taff in South Wales, as well as the River Teme further north.
Pictures on social media show the Taff bursting its banks and flooding parts of Pontypridd, while rescue workers were using boats to get families to safety after further flooding in nearby Nantgarw.
South Wales Police said it had declared a major incident due to the flooding and severe weather.
Some streets had to be evacuated with the help of a lifeboat in the worst-hit areas and people moved to emergency rescue centres after their properties and businesses were devastated by water from overflowing rivers.
One of the worst-hit areas in South Wales was the village of Nantgarw, Rhondda Cynon Taff, near Cardiff, which had seen entire streets left under water since the early hours of Sunday morning.