TfL Tube latest: London Underground trains flooded as commuters face delays
Wet and windy weather has been causing havoc for commuters across the UK this morning as flash flooding closed roads and cancelled public transport.
And forecasters have warned Britons to ‘get their ice scrapers out’ and prepare for frost this week as temperatures are due to drop to -2C in parts of the UK tomorrow.
The rain has mostly affected the South East, where earlier today flooding blocked sections of the M25, A41 and A1 in London and caused long delays on the Underground.
The capital is heavily congested due to many closed roads while drivers have been pictured abandoning their cars on waterlogged roads, having attempted to drive through deep water.
The fire brigade in London was called out to more than 11 flooding incidents an hour between 5am and 9am today.
They rescued a man and two children who were trapped in a car by flood water in Harrow, north-west London.
Videos posted online from London showed commuters on buses with their feet in water and residential roads submerged by more than a foot.
A yellow weather warning remains in place across the South East until 3pm this afternoon but another warning is in force from 8pm.
A new weather warning is being issued for tomorrow, predicting thunderstorms along the southern coast from Kent to Dorset and much of Wales overnight.
The Met Office revealed 55mm (2.2 inches) of rainfall fell in Lamberhurst, Kent, overnight. The UK’s national average for November is 89mm (3.5 inches).
In London, the Bakerloo and District lines are part suspended, while the Metropolitan, Overground, Circle, Hammersmith and City and Piccadilly lines are all facing delays.
Heavy rain has been falling across parts of the South East overnight and has continued to pour down this morning. Pictured: A motorist climbs out of his vehicle stuck in a flood on the A41 Hendon Way, London
A council member of staff attempts to clear floodwater in a street in Moulsecoomb, Brighton, where household waste bins are floating down the road
A man was filmed appearing to try and unblock a drain which has caused flooding on Turnpike lane in Haringey, north London
London commuters appeared unbothered when floodwater started to enter their bus on their way to work this morning
Floodwater fills a subway next to the A41 Hendon Way in north London which is now completely closed following torrential rainfall
Traffic attempts to pass through flood water on a residential street in Queen’s Park, north London, this morning
The Met Office said spray and flooding on roads could disrupt journeys, with bus and train services possibly affected, and some flooding of homes and businesses possible
Up to 40mm of rain could fall in coastal areas, the forecaster said, and there are dozens of flood alerts across the UK
Several cars became stuck after appearing to try and drive through floods this morning near Isleworth Station, west London
A Nandos restaurant in Park Royal, north-west London, was flooded last night due to the heavy rain and workers used brushes to try and keep the water out
TomTom’s traffic report for London shows that congestion was nearly 78 per cent higher than usual this morning
A workman stands in floodwater on the A41 Hendon Way in north London which is now completely closed after torrential rainfall
Footage emerged of a plane struggling to land amid furious winds caused by Storm Claudio at Bristol Airport yesterday afternoon
People make their way through the rain on their way to work. A yellow weather warning for rain is in place for parts of South East England
Meteorologist Marco Petagna revealed: ‘There are still some heavy bursts on the radar (later today) but it will gradually pull away to the East. There will be some respite this evening then further heavy showers.
‘Another weather warning for the South East is being drafted which is likely to be in place from the middle of this evening until tomorrow morning.
The London Fire Brigade revealed it attended around 45 flooding-related incidents in just four hours between 5am and 9am this morning.
Firefighters had to rescue someone from a stranded vehicle on Chandos Road in Park Royal, north-west London, and nearby Old Oak Lane became submerged in around 2ft of floodwater.
A burst water main caused an underground car park to flood in St Katharine Docks near Tower Bridge.
The London Fire Brigade warned people in a tweet: ‘Heavy rain has caused water levels to rise in parts of London.
‘Don’t drive through floodwater, avoid trying to walk through it and don’t let children or pets play in it.’
There is an ‘act now’ warning for residents in Buxted, East Sussex, after nearly half a month’s rain, 40mm, fell overnight and into this morning.
The Met Office said Northern Ireland and western Scotland have been experiencing a very wet and windy day, with heavy rain and gusts of up to 60mph in coastal areas.
Chief meteorologist Neil Armstrong said: ’30 to 40mm of rain is expected to fall in some areas, and where it falls over ground already wet from recent rainfall as well as fallen leaves there may be spray and flooding on the roads as well as travel delays.
‘Much of the UK can expect a spell of strong southerly winds on Wednesday, but the warning area highlights where gusts of up to 65mph will be and therefore where there are likely to be some travel delays.’
London has been hit by flash flooding in several areas amid the heavy downpours this morning
A cyclist makes his way through a puddle as London’s roads flood after heavy rain throughout the night
Heavy rain and flooding has been causing traffic chaos in Kent (pictured) this morning
Temperatures dropped to as low as -2C last night (left), while maps on the right show the outlook for the weather at 5pm today
In the last 24 hours wind speeds reached 79mph in Capel Curig, Wales, not too far from Libanus where 52.6mm of rain fell
A flytipper reportedly caused a flood on a street in Bristol by dumping a large amount of bricks over the drain
Vehicles drive through a large puddle during heavy rain in Greenwich, south east London
The Met Office has warned that heavy rain will lead to roads flooding and potential disruption of public transport
Vehicles drive through a section of flooded road during heavy rain in Greenwich, South East London
Flooding in Bow, London, left pedestrians unable to walk through an underpass earlier today
A workman stands next to a stranded vehicle in flood water on the A41 Hendon Way in North London
Cars were badly damaged after scaffolding fell into the road – blown over by Storm Claudio.
Photos released by Avon Fire and Rescue Service show the scaffolding unit lying on top of parked cars.
The damage was caused by Storm Claudio, which battered the UK with rain and high winds, thankfully nobody was injured in the incident, and fire crews quickly set about dismantling the scaffolding.
Bedminster Fire Station confirmed that some vehicles were badly damaged after the collapse, they wrote on twitter: ‘Our pump attended this collapsed scaffolding in Knowle overnight.
‘No casualty but a couple of badly damaged vehicle. #notjustfires’
A spokesperson from Avon Fire and Rescue Service added: ‘Crews from Bedminster were called at 1.33am (Tuesday, November 1) to reports that scaffolding had fallen from a building on Cleeve Road, Knowle.
‘On arrival, firefighters found scaffolding in a dangerous position on top of a car blocking the roadway.
‘Crews made the scene safe by cutting away plastic sheeting and taking the scaffolding down.’