Friday, August 19, 2011

Flash-flooding across southern Britain as the coast is deluged by a fortnight's rain in 30 MINUTES

A mid-summer monsoon-style downpour caused flash flooding across the South today as a fortnight's worth of rain fell in just 30 minutes leaving homes, shops and roads underwater.
The force of the rainwater caused huge cracks to open up along main roads and lifted
manhole covers clean off, leading to fountains of water gushing out.
At a beach in Bournemouth - which is normally crowded with holidaymakers at this time of the year - water was flooding off the road, along the beach and into the sea.

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I don't like to be beside the seaside: A torrent of water swept onto the beach causing lifeguards to run for cover. If you have any pictures of the downpour, please send them to mailonlinepictures@dailymail.co.uk
I don't like to be beside the seaside: A torrent of water swept onto the beach causing lifeguards to run for cover. If you have any pictures of the downpour, please send them to mailonlinepictures@dailymail.co.uk
Water floods out of a drain as the sewage system fails to cope with the sudden downpour in Bournemouth
Water floods out of a drain as the sewage system fails to cope with the sudden downpour in Bournemouth

THREE-DAY FORECAST

TOMORROW: Scotland will see some sunshine with a few early showers in the east. It will then cloud over from the west with some
drizzle or light rain by the evening.

Elsewhere it will be, a fine and dry day with some lengthy spells of sunshine around. Feeling warmer.
SATURDAY: Central and southern England should be mostly dry with some warm sunshine. However, there could be the odd heavy shower, especially during the evening. Elsewhere, plenty of cloud with the chance of rain.
SUNDAY: There will be unsettled showers or longer spells of rain, some heavy and thundery, especially across south-east England. Potentially very warm and humid over
south-eastern areas.

The capital also came in for a soaking, with authorities warning of traffic problems on the M4 leading into London because of excess surface water.
Bournemouth's pleasure gardens were turned into a lake after being flooded, with barely a blade of grass visible.
Meteorologists said 30mm of rain - just over an inch - fell in a few hours which is just over half of a month's rainfall.
Some areas had a month's worth of rain in a morning - with over 60mm falling in Bournemouth between 6am and midday. 56mm of rain falls in Bournemouth in an average August.
An army of 100 firefighters worked to
pump floodwater away after being inundated with more than 70 reports of
flooding in a 30-minute spell.
A ceiling at the Bournemouth International Centre concert venue collapsed under the sheer weight of water.
A
three mile section of the A338 - the main road into the seaside town -
was also closed after being swamped by 3ft of water, bringing travel
chaos to thousands of motorists.


Driving rain: Roads in and around London were also flooded, with motorists on the A41 near Hendon struggling to get through the downpour
Driving rain: Roads in and around London were also flooded, with motorists on the A41 near Hendon struggling to get through the downpour
A man paddles across Bournemouth gardens past the bandstand in a kayak today after a sudden downpour caused flash flooding
A man paddles across Bournemouth gardens past the bandstand in a kayak today after a sudden downpour caused flash flooding
The canoeist appears to be in difficulties as he paddles across Bournemouth pleasure gardens today. This picture was provided by MailOnline reader Amy Matthews
The canoeist appears to be in difficulties as he paddles across Bournemouth pleasure gardens today. This picture was provided by MailOnline reader Amy Matthews
Going nowhere: Water laps up to the doors of a police car as it lies stranded in the rainwater
Going nowhere: Water laps up to the doors of a police car as it lies stranded in the rainwater

The road cracked open in Bournemouth as thousands of gallons of water poured into the drains as two weeks rain fell in half an hour
The road cracked open in Bournemouth as thousands of gallons of water poured into the drains as two weeks rain fell in half an hour
An August morning? With a darkened sky this car was forced to put its headlights on as it edged through Bournemouth this afternoon
An August morning? With a darkened sky this car was forced to put its headlights on as it edged through Bournemouth this afternoon

MONSOON-LIKE CONDITIONS

The heavy downpour which hit southern England today came so quickly it was likened to a monsoon.
The sudden downpours are common to countries with tropical weather in parts of south-east Asia - but not Britain.
Monsoons are caused by sudden changes in air pressure and different temperatures at land and sea.

Kris Wingfield-Bennett, a 26-year-old technical consultant, said: 'It was absolutely surreal. The shops were all flooding and owners were putting down their shutters in a bid to keep the water out.
'There were loads of people grabbing any sort of shelter they could find, some were paddling in the water streaming down the streets.
'The central gardens were completely under water and huge cracks opened up in the main road in the town centre.
'I heard a loud crack but it was only when the water level started to drop I saw the crack was about 20ft long. It was chaos.'
Flooding: A roundabout is flooded in MAIDENHEAD, Berkshire, today as more than 40mm of rain fell in the area in the space of a few hours
Flooding: A roundabout is flooded in MAIDENHEAD, Berkshire, today as more than 40mm of rain fell in the area in the space of a few hours
Flash flood: Bournemouth pleasure gardens were almost completely underwater after a fortnight's worth of rain fell in just half an hour
Flash flood: Bournemouth pleasure gardens were almost completely underwater after a fortnight's worth of rain fell in just half an hour
A road is flooded underneath a railway bridge in READING, Berkshire, after a huge downpour today
A road is flooded underneath a railway bridge in the centre of READING, Berkshire, after a huge downpour today

Heavy rain also caused flooding in DUNBAR, East Lothian. Here a cyclist struggles to make his way down the road following flooding
Heavy rain also caused flooding in DUNBAR, East Lothian. Here a cyclist struggles to make his way down the road following flooding
The whole of Britain was hit by a heavy downpour. Here there is flooding in DUNBAR, East Lothian
The whole of Britain was hit by a heavy downpour. Here there is flooding in DUNBAR, East Lothian
Hospital appointments were cancelled at the Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital after rainwater flooded in through the ceiling.
'Flash flooding in the Bournemouth area has meant we have had to temporarily close the Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital to incoming patients,' a spokesman said.
'Staff are currently contacting all patients due to visit the Hospital today for both in and out-patient treatment, to inform them not to visit and to explain that all consultations and treatments have been suspended until further notice.'


A bus station is flooded in the centre of Bournemouth. A whole months worth of rain had fallen by early afternoon
A bus station is flooded in the centre of Bournemouth. A whole months worth of rain had fallen by early afternoon
A road is partially flooded in Bournemouth after half an hour of heavy rain
A road is partially flooded in the seaside town after half an hour of heavy rain
Washout: Firefighters were called out 70 times in an hour as tourist attractions were drenched in rainfall
Washout: Firefighters were called out 70 times in an hour as tourist attractions were drenched in rainfall
MailOnline reader Michael Hansford provided this picture of flooding in the centre of Bournemouth which was hit by a fortnight's rain in half an hour


MailOnline reader Michael Hansford provided this picture of flooding in the centre of Bournemouth which was hit by a fortnight's rain in half an hour
Underwater golf: A crazy golf course in Bournemouth begins to reappear as floodwater drains away
Underwater golf: A crazy golf course in Bournemouth begins to reappear as floodwater drains away
Tourists and locals who had gathered at the sea front to watch the opening day of the 4th Bournemouth International Air Festival have to take a detour to get into the town centre
Tourists and locals who had gathered at the sea front to watch the opening day of the 4th Bournemouth International Air Festival have to take a detour to get into the town centre
A spokesman for Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said: 'There were calls to commercial properties in the town centre, people stranded in their vehicles and buildings with water gushing in.
'Problems were reported at the Russell-Coates Museum, House of Fraser, Primark, Beales and many other shops in the town centre.
'Many people were stranded in water on the roads where police vehicles couldn't reach them, so we sent wading teams in to help.
'One car in Wimborne was seen to float away with an elderly couple inside and members of the public helped push it back onto land.'


Clear-up: Wessex Water use pumps to remove the floodwater from Bournemouth after the sudden downpour
Clear-up: Wessex Water use pumps to remove the floodwater from Bournemouth after the sudden downpour
An industrial estate is flooded in POOLE, Dorset, after the River Bourne broke its banks
An industrial estate is flooded in POOLE, Dorset, after the River Bourne broke its banks
Summer-wear: Tourists in Bournemouth, Dorset, after the downpour today
Summer-wear: Tourists in Bournemouth, Dorset, after the downpour today


Flash flooding in Bournemouth Gardens today. This picture was provided by a MailOnline reader
Flash flooding in Bournemouth Gardens today. This picture was provided by a MailOnline reader
Where's are the flowers? Bournemouth Pleasure Gardens today
Where's are the flowers? Bournemouth Pleasure Gardens today
No weather for shorts: A postman bravely cycles through the heavy rain
No weather for shorts: A postman bravely cycles through the heavy rain
Wet wet wet: Water sweeps down from Boscombe Chine Gardens to the sea after 30mm of rain fell
Wet wet wet: Water sweeps down from Boscombe Chine Gardens to the sea after 30mm of rain fell


Flooding in gardens in the centre of Bournemouth caused by the heavy rain. This picture has been provided by MailOnline reader Dan Redfearn
Flooding in gardens in the centre of Bournemouth caused by the heavy rain. This picture has been provided by MailOnline reader Dan Redfearn
Flashback: Sunseekers pack a beach in Broadstairs, Kent, two weeks ago as temperatures hit 29c
Flashback: Sunseekers pack a beach in Broadstairs, Kent, two weeks ago as temperatures hit 29c
Dr Richard Wild, from independent weather forecasters Weathernet said that the South had been hit by a huge downpour - but it will be sunny again by the weekend.
'We've had 30mm of rain this morning. The average rainfall for August in 56mm, so it is around half that in just one morning,' he said.
'Anything over 4mm of rain in an hour is considered 'heavy' so this was well beyond that level.
'The rain was forecast, caused by a warm front over the English Channel which is heading north-eastwards, but the amount was underestimated.
'The forecast for Friday and Saturday is sunny and dry but that might be of little consolation to people hit by flooding today.'


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