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You Weather Believe It - Torrents To Deliver More Transport Trauma

Flooding and transport chaos has been caused by heavy rain

The torrents of rain, especially in the South-East, that have brought fears of flooding and transport chaos as roads and rail are affected, will last all week (ending June 14) according to the Met Office.

Intense rain and thunderstorms will be a feature of the week of very unsettled weather that is expected to affect many parts of England and Wales. Those rain and thunderstorms will be particularly intense across southern and eastern parts of England.

The Met Office issued a series of National Severe Weather warnings running until Thursday June 13.

 

Monday

Monday 10 saw the Met Office issue an Amber rain warning for London, Kent and adjoining areas from 3:00pm until 11:00pm. And they called it spot on as the rain revealed two massive sink holes on the M25. They were spotted on the central reservation near junction 4-5 by officers who were called to the scene of an unrelated accident.

The motorway was closed overnight. Unsuspecting commuters and those with no other choice of route were forced to endure long delays as local roads became gridlocked as traffic was diverted around the blockage.

 

Further M25 closure

Some reports suggested the sink holes were still to blame for a further closure of the M25 on Tuesday morning when in fact Highways England had effected repairs by 6:00am and the motorway reopened by 6:30am.

A further closure of both sides of the M25 at junctions 3 and 4 was caused when Kent Police were called at 5:17am because of a distressed man on a footbridge above the motorway near Swanley.

The man left the scene and was arrested ifollowing a short pursuit on the M2. No injuries have been reported and  enquiries are ongoing.

 Both carriageways reopened at around 9:30am.

 

Trains

Thameslink Southern Rail both issued warnings to commuters to avoid travelling if possible as train lines became flooded by the heavy downpours.

 

Cause

The heavy weather is being triggered by a combination of heat across parts of central Europe and a low-pressure system approaching the UK from the south. As the low-pressure system moves closer, it will draw in warmer air from the continent. This combination of warmer, moist air and low pressure provides the ideal conditions for the rapid development of intense rain and thunderstorms.

Steve Ramsdale is duty Chief Meteorologist for the Met Office.  He said: “We have been able to indicate the likelihood of further spells of heavy rainfall for the rest of the week but the exact details will remain uncertain until nearer the events. We will update warnings accordingly but we urge people to continue to check the forecast for updates during this period.

"There is a chance that heavy prolonged rainfall could lead to local flooding and disruption to transport. The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings."

John Curtin from The Environment Agency said: There could be issues all week because the heaviest downpours are still to come - with eastern parts of the country and the Midlands next to get hit."

Picture: Flooding and transport chaos has been caused by heavy rain.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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