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Cars submerged in flood water as Angus storms across the UK

Cars submerged in flood water as Angus storms across the UK

Cars have been submerged by floodwater as heavy rain swept across parts of Britain already battered by Storm Angus.

Amber weather warnings were issued in Devon and parts of Somerset where a "significant amount of rainfall is expected", with further warnings issued across south-west England and in the North East, the Met Office said.

Residents in Bristol were shocked as deep floodwater trapped cars in Whitchurch Lane.

Lee Gitsham, 43, set off for work as an office supply manager at 8am, only to be confronted by 2ft-3ft (0.6m-1m) of water which had left several cars submerged.

He said: "I had to go through an alternative route because the bottom of the road was flooded. Parked cars were submerged in water. There were two drivers who tried to get through but got stuck. It was at wing mirror level so it must have been about 2ft-3ft of water.

"I have lived in that area for nearly 10 years. I have seen it as bad as that. We have had a bit of flooding where the water has covered the pavement but never where it covered car bonnets."

He said he was lucky and managed to get in to work, but, with road and building works taking place nearby, many people trying to find alternative routes got stuck.

He added: "I saw a white van with a black car behind it. They tried to drive through and got stuck. Driveways were flooding."

An Avon Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "We had reports of heavy floodwater in Whitchurch Lane. Everyone had been able to get out of their vehicles safely and no-one was trapped."

The Met Office said 0.9in (21.6mm) of rain had fallen between 9pm and 9am on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, while Liscombe in Somerset saw 0.8in (19.2mm) of rain.

Spokesman Grahame Madge said amber weather warnings have been issued in Devon and parts of Somerset, valid between 5am and midnight on Monday.

Between 0.8in (20mm) and 1.2in (30mm) of rain could fall during a three to six-hour period in these areas, with the possibility of 1.6in (40mm) to 2.4in (60mm) locally across the whole day.

Yellow "be aware" warnings are also in place across the majority of south-west England until midnight.

Similar warnings have been issued for the North East of England up to the Scottish border from midday until 6am on Tuesday.

Mr Madge said: "What we have is a system gradually moving north and that is bringing rain as it travels north.

"The warning areas reflect the progress of this particular weather system - this low pressure as it goes through."

He added that there could be strong winds associated with the weather system in parts.