Hundreds evacuated as deadly storms flood Britain
Parts of central England were pelted with just under one inch of rain in one hour on — a third of the average rainfall for the whole month of June.
Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 04:10 AM
LONDON — Britain was bracing for more disruption on June 29 after storms and flash floods in which one man died and hundreds of homes were evacuated.
A landslide near the England-Scotland border overnight brought train services to a halt as torrential rains hit large swathes of Britain in the latest bout of unseasonable weather in the country.
One man died on June 28 after being swept away by a flooded stream in western England.
Seven flood warnings issued by Britain's Environment Agency remained in place on June 29 in central and northeast England — the worst hit by the floods — though rains are expected to ease during the day.
Train services between Newcastle, in northeast England, and the Scottish capital Edinburgh were canceled on June 29 because of flooding and a landslip near the border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.
More than 40 schools remained closed in northeast England as a result of the downpours.
Parts of central England were pelted with around 22 mm (just under one inch) of rain in one hour on June 28 — a third of the average rainfall for the whole month of June — while 15,000 homes in the area were left without power overnight.
Meanwhile, southern England enjoyed dry weather and sunshine on June 28, with temperatures up to 28 degrees Celsius (82 Fahrenheit).
Copyright 2012 AFP European Edition