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Areas in England and Wales have been warned to prepare for stormy weather and localised flooding, after several people in Cornwall needed to be rescued overnight following flash floods.
Thunderstorms and heavy rain caused flooding in the coastal village of Coverack in Cornwall on Tuesday, as water swept through the village, leaving roads into the village impassable and around 50 homes and businesses affected.
The Environment Agency said 100mm of rain fell in the area over two to three hours.
Adam Paynter, the leader of Cornwall council, told BBC Radio Cornwall: "With things like this, money won't be a problem - we do have reserves we can use for this type of incident.
"It's been absolutely unbelievable to see. I think it's going to take a little while to get this sorted out and tidied up but obviously the main thing is that nobody's been injured and everybody is OK in the village.
Emergency vehicles after flash flooding in the Coverack. Credit: PA Images
"The council and the emergency services have done a great job. They've been here all night to ensure that everybody is safe and they are doing what they can to make sure everything can get back to normal as soon as possible."
Fire and rescue crews remained in Coverack on Wednesday morning.
"Cornwall Fire and Rescue remains in attendance on scene, working with the community to salvage," a Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said.
"Reliefs are being arranged for crews on scene. It is expected that the fire service will remain in attendance until midday, assisting the community."
Following thunderstorms across the country on Tuesday, the Met Office said that 'further, possibly severe storms may break out again this afternoon, probably focused over parts of north-east Wales, central and northern England', with continued bad weather expected to hit the morning and evening rush hours on Thursday.
Lightning flashes in Portsmouth overnight. Credit: PA Images
They added that rainfall could reach 30mm in an hour in some places and more than 50mm in a two to three hour period.
Steven Keates from the Met Office told the Telegraph that commuters in the Midlands and east of England could be caught up in downpours on Wednesday, while those in north-east Wales and the North West will be hit in the afternoon.
"This morning it's probably going to be parts of the Midlands and eastern England that see potential for some heavy rain, some thunderstorms, and then a bit of a lull," he said.
"Then just in time for the evening rush hour, a different location, this time across parts of northern England, north-west England in particular by the looks of it, will see the worst of the weather in places."
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