Met Office issues four weather warnings for UK as Cyclone Lee brings ‘heavy and persistent rain’

The Met Office has extended its weather warnings for the UK amid the threat of “heavy and persistent rain” from Cyclone Lee.

A total of four heavy rain and flood alerts have been issued for west Wales, parts of the north-west, Scotland and the Highlands. The warnings come after heavy rainfall caused some of the worst flooding parts of west Somerset have seen since the 1960s.

Flights have been grounded, communities quarantined and roads closed amid the peak of severe weather amid a rare thunderstorm warning for Devon and Somerset.

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The threat of heavy rain continues, and rain alerts for Wales and the North West, which were activated at 6am today (September 19), are expected to end at 6pm tomorrow. Forecasters have expanded warnings to include Scotland, where up to 60mm of rain could fall on higher ground.

Hurricane Lee will bring “heavy and persistent” rain to the western regions of the UK today, and the Met Office said the remnants of the cyclone, which hit New England in the US and eastern Canada, will particularly affect parts of western Wales, Cumbria and the Pennines. . It will not become a hurricane by the time it reaches UK shores.

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