Flood disaster village braced for more

More heavy rain is set to hit the coastal area where a village was devastated by a freak deluge.

More heavy rain is set to hit the coastal area where a village was devastated by a freak deluge.

The flood-ravaged village of Boscastle in north Cornwall, England will brace itself for further downpours today, although not on the scale of yesterday’s drama where one month’s worth of rain fell in less than two hours.

A total of 75mm fell between 1pm and 3pm yesterday which led to dozens of people being airlifted to safety, while cars were swept away and at least six buildings were demolished.

PA WeatherCentre forecaster Brendan Jones said there would be no let-up in the wet weather today for the south-west of England.

He said: “A mixture of showers and sunny spells will form in the early part of the day but outbreaks of more persistent rain will follow in the afternoon and into the evening.

“It will be nothing though compared to yesterday’s downpour as that was an event which tends to happen once in about 30 years.”

Localised conditions were the probable cause for the flash floods as the village stands in a deep rift where two valleys meet, he explained.

“The narrow, heavy rain came in a line only two or three miles across, but unfortunately Boscombe took the brunt of it because of its position between the hills.”

Meanwhile, the remnants of Tropical Storm Bonnie are set to lash the UK this week.

Forecasters predict some of the worst weather over the next couple of days, with wind and a band of rain moving northwards.

Later today, there will be the risk of more prolonged rain particularly across south-west England, south Wales, and central and southern Scotland.

On Wednesday, outbreaks of rain will spread northwards across much of the UK.

Met Office forecaster and spokesman Wayne Elliott said “ex-hurricane air” from Bonnie would not go across the UK, but would give more “oomph” to the weather.

He said: “It is just the dynamics which get picked up with weather systems, it adds more impetus, more oomph to those weather systems.

“It is going to be quite an active weather system coming up through the next few days because we have this temperature contrast across the weather system from north to south.

“In this case there will be quite strong winds and heavy rain.”

He added the amount of moisture air can hold is related to hurricanes and tropical storms, which often means extra rainfall.

“It isn’t uncommon at all for the remnants of these storms and hurricanes as they once were to get involved with the weather systems over the UK.”

Last week, Bonnie picked up speed in the Gulf of Mexico and forced some companies to evacuate workers from offshore rigs and close some oil and platforms as a precaution.

As the storm moved past North Carolina, it span off tornadoes which killed three people, injuring more than 20 people, damaging buildings and causing power cuts.

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