London, August 17 (IANS): Roads in parts of the UK were flooded as heavy rain and thunderstorms battered the country for a second day in a row.
The Met Office issued a yellow thunderstorm warning for England and Wales on Tuesday, warning of further flash flooding as well as transport disruption and power cuts, news agency dpa reports.
The weather warning will remain in place on Wednesday for southern England, where communities could be cut off by flooded roads, and the risk of rapid or deep flood water could be life threatening.
The Environment Agency has issued 19 flood alerts across parts of the Midlands and South East England.
It comes amid an abrupt end to last week’s heat wave and follows weeks of little rain, which has caused drought and left land parched.
Authorities moved Yorkshire to official drought status on Tuesday, following parts of South West, South and Central England and East England.
Experts said heavy rains flow over very dry land, creating flooding of surface water, and will not penetrate the ground to relieve drought-stricken areas.
Images and photos shared on social media showed torrential rain and flood waters sweeping towns across southern England and Wales, including Newquay in Cornwall, Bishop’s Tawton in Devon, Haywards Heath in the West Sussex, Port Talbot in South West Wales and Bridport in Dorset.
Scotland also experienced travel disruption on rail and road networks on Tuesday following heavy downpours.
ScotRail has warned passengers to expect delays on some routes, with certain speed restrictions in place, while in Perth Network Rail said it faced flooding at the station.
Meanwhile, bathers have been warned of sewage and pollution on several beaches on the English coast, linked to heavy rain.
According to data collected by environmental campaign group Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), there have been storm sewage spills into beach waters in Cornwall, Devon, Sussex, Essex, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Northumberland and Cumbria.
A SAS spokeswoman said the other pollution warnings in place may not be linked to heavy rain, and people visiting the coast are advised to check its interactive map on their website before swimming.