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Wet and windy weather has been causing havoc for commuters across the UK this morning as flash flooding caused by heavy rainfall overnight has closed roads and cancelled public transport.

The areas most affected are parts of the South East of England, where flooding has blocked sections of the M25, A41 and A1 in London and most Underground lines are facing delays or are part suspended.

A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued for an area stretching from Portsmouth to Canterbury, until mid-afternoon today.

Up to 40mm of rain could fall in coastal areas, while there are 17 flood alerts in place across England, 15 flood warnings in Scotland and an additional 13 across Wales, bringing the total to 45. 

The Met Office said spray and flooding on roads could disrupt journeys, with bus and train services possibly affected, and some flooding of homes and businesses possible.

The Bakerloo, District, Metropolitan and Overground are all part suspended, while the Circle, Elizabeth Line, Hammersmith and City and Piccadilly are all facing severe delays.

Meanwhile, a yellow weather warning for wind is in place across northern and north-western parts of Scotland.

Heavy rain has been falling across parts of the South East of England overnight and has continued to pour down this morning

Heavy rain has been falling across parts of the South East of England overnight and has continued to pour down this morning

The Met Office said spray and flooding on roads could disrupt journeys, with bus and train services possibly affected, and some flooding of homes and businesses possible

The Met Office said spray and flooding on roads could disrupt journeys, with bus and train services possibly affected, and some flooding of homes and businesses possible

A workman stands in flood water on the A41 Hendon Way in North London which is now completely closed following torrential rainfall

A workman stands in flood water on the A41 Hendon Way in North London which is now completely closed following torrential rainfall

Vehicles drive through a section of flooded road during heavy rain in Greenwich, South East London

Vehicles drive through a section of flooded road during heavy rain in Greenwich, South East London

People make their way through the rain on their way to work. A yellow weather warning for rain is in place in for parts of South East England

People make their way through the rain on their way to work. A yellow weather warning for rain is in place in for parts of South East England

A cyclist makes his way through a puddle as London's roads flood after heavy rain throughout the night

A cyclist makes his way through a puddle as London’s roads flood after heavy rain throughout the night

The Met Office said Northern Ireland and western Scotland have been experiencing a very wet and windy day, with heavy rain and gusts of up to 60mph in coastal areas.

The strong winds and heavy rain are expected to move eastwards throughout the day.

Chief meteorologist Neil Armstrong said: ’30 to 40mm of rain is expected to fall in some areas, and where it falls over ground already wet from recent rainfall as well as fallen leaves there may be spray and flooding on the roads as well as travel delays.

‘Much of the UK can expect a spell of strong southerly winds on Wednesday, but the warning area highlights where gusts of up to 65mph will be and therefore where there are likely to be some travel delays.’

 Flood Alerts are in place around the River Tone, West Dorset Rivers and Streams and South East Somerset Rivers in the south west of England.

The River Uck in East Sussex, the River Stour and Smestow Brook in the Black Country and South Staffordshire, the River Trent in Derbyshire and the North Sea Coast at Bridlington all also have alerts in place.

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Up further north, Rivers Brathay, Rothay and Winster, Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwent Water in the Lake District also have alerts in place.

In Wales, there is a flood alert for the Severn Vyrnwy confluence, with flooding to affect low lying land near to the river from the Welsh border at Llawnt to Shrawardine near Shrewsbury.

London has been hit by flash flooding in several areas amid the heavy downpours this morning

London has been hit by flash flooding in several areas amid the heavy downpours this morning

Footage emerged of a plane struggling to land amid furious winds caused by Storm Claudio at Bristol Airport yesterday afternoon

Footage emerged of a plane struggling to land amid furious winds caused by Storm Claudio at Bristol Airport yesterday afternoon

Several cars became stuck due to flash flooding this morning near to Isleworth Station, west London

Several cars became stuck due to flash flooding this morning near to Isleworth Station, west London

Vehicles drive through a large puddle during heavy rain in Greenwich, south east London

Vehicles drive through a large puddle during heavy rain in Greenwich, south east London

The Met Office has warned that heavy rain will lead to roads flooding and potential disruption of public transport

The Met Office has warned that heavy rain will lead to roads flooding and potential disruption of public transport

A workman stands next to a stranded vehicle in flood water on the A41 Hendon Way in North London

A workman stands next to a stranded vehicle in flood water on the A41 Hendon Way in North London

Forecasters have warned Brits that they should be prepared to ‘get their ice scrapers out’ and prepare for frost to cover this week.

Temperatures are due to drop below freezing in many rural parts of the north tonight before plummeting further to -2C on tomorrow.

Senior meteorologist for British Weather Services Jim Dale told Express.co.uk these conditions will last well into the middle of November. He said: ‘It’s certainly a colder week ahead – getting back to normality this week with some minor Scottish glen frosts between Wednesday to Saturday and some chilly mornings in the north especially. We are in the most unsettled period of weather since the early spring.’

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