Summer storms result in more flooding and the need for a yacht rescue.


Summer storms result in more flooding and the need for a yacht rescue.

Keep your brolly at the ready… heavy rains continued to fall across the country yesterday, causing more flooding and a dramatic sea rescue.

As the latest in a succession of deep weather systems raced through the country, several locations were hit by torrential rain. Despite the gloom, forecasters projected a much warmer and sunnier August, thanks to a plume of air moving up from Africa.

The brunt of the rain fell in Scotland and the Midlands, where rain and thunderstorm warnings were issued in yellow and amber.

Flooding “could come quickly,” according to Met Office warnings, with the chance of structure damage from lightning strikes, hail, or strong winds.

By midnight last night, up to 4 inches of rain had fallen in certain sections of the country in 24 hours, with 2.5 inches largely forecast.

High coastal winds saw a brave maritime rescue off the South Coast as the washout continued.

A yacht lashed by severe gusts of up to 100 mph was compelled to send out a distress signal in the scary nighttime incident.

On board the 37ft catamaran, one of the three crew members received a significant head injury after it was battered by strong winds off the coast of Selsey, West Sussex. At 2.52 a.m., lifeboats were deployed after the boat reported losing all navigation aids and having its sails and rigging damaged.

The lifeboat towed the vessel into Chichester Harbour, where medical attention was given to the injured crew member.

“The lifeboat requested an ambulance meet them on arrival at the harbour,” an RNLI spokeswoman said. Heavy rain and thunderstorms have touched practically every section of the country, with London and the South-east being particularly heavily hit.

A month’s worth of rain dropped in one 24-hour period in London’s St James’s Park earlier this week, making it the capital’s second wettest July day on record.

In London, 100 patients were evacuated from a hospital after an entire block lost electricity due to flooding.

Last night, meteorologists predicted that the thunderstorms will fade away in the coming days, leaving behind more occasional showers and patchy sunshine.

Hot air from Africa is expected to send temperatures soaring in August, according to AccuWeather forecaster Alyssa Smithmyer.

“Temperatures are expected to rise in the next days,” she warned.


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