Large parts of the UK are on flood alert as Storm Alex continues to batter the country with inches of rain and strong gusts over the weekend.
Amber warnings are in place for Wales, the West Midlands, southwest England and eastern Scotland on Saturday.
Yellow warnings cover the whole of the southeast, west, and east of England with rain set to persist into Sunday, according to the Met Office.
Many regions will see 25-50mm of rainfall, with 70-90mm expected in parts of Wales and southwest England and over 120mm possible in Snowdonia, Exmoor and high ground in eastern Scotland.
Storm Alex moved in from France and reached the South on Friday, bringing heavy rain and high winds of up to 71mph as recorded at Berry Head on the Devon coast.
Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said ‘it is going to be raining and horrible all day’ on Saturday.
He added: ‘If you have to travel, take extra time on your journey. The roads will be pretty treacherous at times with poor visibility due to the heavy rain.’
Roadside assistance firm Green Flag told the BBC it is expecting an average of nine breakdowns a minute between Friday and Sunday, with peak disruption on Saturday.
Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said that as the strong winds and rain linked with Storm Alex clear out, another low-pressure system is moving into the UK from the east.
He said it will bring ‘further very heavy rain to many over the weekend as well as some strong winds’.
Autumn leaf fall could worsen flooding risks and road conditions by blocking drains.
RAC Breakdown spokesperson Rod Dennis said road conditions will be ‘miserable if not downright dangerous’ for drivers throughout the weekend weekend.
He warned of an ‘ugly mix’ of surface spray and gusty winds on the roads.
Carol Holt, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, said: ‘We urge people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive though flood water – it is often deeper than it looks and just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float your car.’
The Met Office added that ‘conditions will improve for many’ on Sunday though are ‘still likely to remain wet and windy’ for others.
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