Flood warnings issued as heavy rain expected

Flooding on Fairway, Copthorne, near Crawley, East Sussex, 17/01/2014
Image caption Flooding has closed some roads in parts of southern England

Parts of Scotland could see flooding as heavy rain is expected to fall on saturated ground, forecasters say.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning, meaning "be aware", for rain in Angus, Perth and Kinross and Aberdeenshire, in force until 14:00 GMT on Sunday.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has flood alerts for Aberdeenshire, Angus and Tayside.

The Environment Agency has 30 flood warnings in place, for southern and eastern England, and the Midlands.

Outbreaks of rain

Flooding has closed some major roads in Surrey, West Sussex and Kent, while National Rail says several routes are disrupted because of flooding:

  • Rail services have resumed between Tonbridge in Kent and Redhill in Surrey after they were cancelled on Friday due to flooding at Nutfield
  • Southeastern said there were cancellations to services between Hastings and Tunbridge Wells because of a landslip near Wadhurst
  • Meanwhile, the effects of recent storm surges and flooding are continuing to disrupt services between Horsham and Dorking, Ryde and Shanklin on the Isle of Wight, and Pwllheli and Machynlleth
  • Buses are replacing trains between Cardiff Airport and Bridgend due to flooding between the airport and Llantwit Major.

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