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

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

The capital is heavily congested due to many closed roads while drivers have been pictured abandoning their cars on waterlogged roads, having attempted to drive through deep water.

Heavy rainfall has forced some businesses and restaurants  to use brushes to try and keep the water out of their property.

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

Up to 40mm of rain could fall in coastal areas, while there are numerous flood alerts in place across England, Scotland and Wales.

Libanus, a village in the Brecon Beacons National Park, received 52.6mm of rainfall within the last 24 hours, while slightly further north winds speeds hit 79mph in Capel Curig yesterday. 

There is an ‘act now’ warning for residents in Buxted, East Sussex, after nearly half a month’s rain, 40mm, fell overnight and into this morning.

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

In London, the Bakerloo and District lines are part suspended, while the Metropolitan, Overground, Circle, Hammersmith and City and Piccadilly lines are all facing delays.

Heavy rain has been falling across parts of the South East overnight and has continued to pour down this morning. Pictured: A motorist climbs out of his vehicle stuck in a flood on the A41 Hendon Way, London

Heavy rain has been falling across parts of the South East overnight and has continued to pour down this morning. Pictured: A motorist climbs out of his vehicle stuck in a flood on the A41 Hendon Way, London

Traffic attempts to pass through flood water on a residential street in Queens Park, north London, this morning

Traffic attempts to pass through flood water on a residential street in Queens Park, north London, 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

Up to 40mm of rain could fall in coastal areas, the forecaster said, and there are dozens of flood alerts across the UK

Up to 40mm of rain could fall in coastal areas, the forecaster said, and there are dozens of flood alerts across the UK

Several cars became stuck after appearing to try and drive through floods this morning near Isleworth Station, west London

Several cars became stuck after appearing to try and drive through floods this morning near Isleworth Station, west London

A Nandos restaurant in Park Royal, north-west London, was flooded last night due to the heavy rain and workers used brushes to try and keep the water out

A Nandos restaurant in Park Royal, north-west London, was flooded last night due to the heavy rain and workers used brushes to try and keep the water out

TomTom's traffic report for London shows that congestion was nearly 78 per cent higher than usual this morning

TomTom’s traffic report for London shows that congestion was nearly 78 per cent higher than usual this morning

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Heavy rain and flooding has been causing traffic chaos in Kent (pictured) this morning

Heavy rain and flooding has been causing traffic chaos in Kent (pictured) this morning

Lowest rural temperatures in last 24 hours

Weather maps for today

Temperatures dropped to as low as -2C last night (left), while maps on the right show the outlook for the weather at 5pm today

In the last 24 hours wind speeds reached 79mph in Capel Curig, Wales, not too far from Libanus where 52.6mm of rain fell

In the last 24 hours wind speeds reached 79mph in Capel Curig, Wales, not too far from Libanus where 52.6mm of rain fell

A flytipper reportedly caused a flood on a street in Bristol by dumping a large amount of bricks over the drain

A flytipper reportedly caused a flood on a street in Bristol by dumping a large amount of bricks over the drain

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

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

Flooding in Bow, London, left pedestrians unable to walk through an underpass earlier today

Flooding in Bow, London, left pedestrians unable to walk through an underpass earlier today

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

Cars were badly damaged after scaffolding fell into the road – blown over by Storm Claudio.

Photos released by Avon Fire and Rescue Service show the scaffolding unit lying on top of parked cars.

The damage was caused by Storm Claudio, which battered the UK with rain and high winds, thankfully nobody was injured in the incident, and fire crews quickly set about dismantling the scaffolding.

Bedminster Fire Station confirmed that some vehicles were badly damaged after the collapse, they wrote on twitter: ‘Our pump attended this collapsed scaffolding in Knowle overnight.

‘No casualty but a couple of badly damaged vehicle. #notjustfires’

A spokesperson from Avon Fire and Rescue Service added: ‘Crews from Bedminster were called at 1.33am (Tuesday, November 1) to reports that scaffolding had fallen from a building on Cleeve Road, Knowle.

‘On arrival, firefighters found scaffolding in a dangerous position on top of a car blocking the roadway.

‘Crews made the scene safe by cutting away plastic sheeting and taking the scaffolding down.’ 

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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