Britain hit by flash floods after three days of devastating torrential rain

Cars have been submerged and villages and towns devastated by surging floodwater that followed torrential downpours this weekend.

Britain is braced for several days of "persistent" rain and the tail-end of record-breaking Hurricane Lorenzo is set to bring gale force winds later in the week.

The 600-mile-wide hurricane became the strongest this far east in the Atlantic region overnight bringing winds of up to 160mph.

The Met Office has issued three days of yellow 'danger to life' warnings with more than 100 flood alerts in place across the UK.

More than 30 flood warnings – meaning flooding is expected and immediate action is required – have been issued by the Environment Agency.

A further 175 flood alerts, urging people to be prepared for possible flooding, are also in place.

And some areas could see as much as 70mm of rain, equivalent to three weeks of the September average of 96mm.

The downpours will bring further misery to millions across the country who are already struggling.

In Caerphilly, Wales, several cars were submerged underwater – including one that had it's roof just poking out and its windscreen wipers still on.

Amid the flood alert the Met Office is also predicting Hurricane Lorenzo could hit the UK later this week.

Met Office Meteorologist Alex Burkhill said: "There’s a lot of uncertainty about where the hurricane will hit – it could either go over Iceland or hit France.

"It won’t be a hurricane by the time it hits the UK but if it does hit, it will be very wet and windy and will likely hit the west."

Today will see the heavy rain over parts of Wales and England with flooding in some places.

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