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article imageFloods kill UK man, 20, in Northumberland

By Melissa Horrocks     Jul 7, 2012 in Environment
It is British Summertime, yet the weather is anything but sunny. In fact, there have been floods across the UK, in a week of chaos. One man lost his life when his car came off the road.
A man has sadly died in the recent floods, because his vehicle came off the road. There has been torrential rain across the UK and it is being advised not to drive, if at all possible. Sky News reports that the man, who was in his early twenties, was confirmed dead at the scene of the collision in East Tynedale, Northumberland, in the early hours of this morning.
There have been three major flood warnings and nearly 140 flood alerts from the Environment Agency for England and Wales, 13 flood warnings were issued in Scotland for Edinburgh and the Lothians and in the Borders.
It is the Southwest of England that has been placed on alert to the three major flood warnings. They are the most serious of their kind as forecasters thought around 100mm of rain (4in) would be dumped across certain areas of the country within 24 hours.
According to BBC News river levels are increasing after heavy rainfall. Environmental experts said that lives were at risk in parts near the River Axe in Devon and Burton Bradstock, Dorset.
Thousands of fans had to be turned away at Silverstone on the Northamptonshire/Buckinghamshire border who wanted to watch the Formula 1 Grand Prix qualifying sessions on Saturday due to excessive mud in its car parks. Everyone who has tickets for Sunday's Grand Prix has been told they can attend, but must allow a lot of time to get to the circuit.
Met Officers have given amber warnings of rain for Dorset, Somerset and areas of Devon. This is unusual weather for summer time in Britain. These areas would usually be hot at this time of the year.
The Guardian reports that, a man has died after his car came off the road following torrential rain as downpours continue to wreak havoc across Britain with homes flooded, roads closed and trains cancelled.
Britain is in uproar with properties flooded, roads closed and trains cancelled.
The British Red Cross emergency response teams were on standby to support flood-hit communities and stressed that people should pack their bags so they could leave their homes at a moment's notice.
Residents in Sheepy Magna, a village in Leicestershire, were evacuated from their properties after heavy floods. A spokeswoman for the Red Cross spoke about helping residents out of 13 homes. Some of the residents were vulnerable individuals.
Delays and cancellations struck the railways and there were problems in Devon, Hampshire, Manchester, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. Due to flooding in Totnes, Devon the CrossCountry and First Great Western services between Plymouth and Exeter St Davids, both in Devon, were delayed by up to 60 minutes, and flooding at Sway, Hampshire caused journeys between Bournemouth in Dorset and Brockenhurst in Hampshire to be delayed by up to 60 minutes.
Drivers faced appalling conditions on the roads, and the M50 motorway in Gloucestershire was partially closed in each direction.
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