Heavy downpours have caused flash flooding across the UK and left residents trapped in their homes on the Isle of Man, where a major incident was declared after a river burst its banks.
While Wednesday was expected to bring a day’s respite from the rain, forecasters predicted the deluge would continue on Thursday and Friday, when the remnants of Hurricane Lorenzo – the most powerful ever recorded in the far-east Atlantic – tracks over the UK.
The heaviest rainfall on Tuesday was in Pennerley, Shropshire, where the highest hourly rainfall figure was 25.6mm. The figure, recorded in the afternoon, represented more than a quarter of the average rainfall for that part of the country in October. It was also more than double the country’s second highest total on Tuesday; the 11.6mm recorded at Coton in the Elms, in Derbyshire.