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Waves crash into buildings in Cawsand, Cornwall
By Tim Dodd
BBC England

An exceptionally high tide combined with strong winds has caused flooding and travel disruption in the UK.

Some coastal roads were left impassable, seaside businesses were damaged, and rail services were affected.

Weather warnings in England and Wales have expired, but flood warnings and alerts remain in place.

A yellow rain warning for parts of Scotland continued until 18:00 BST.

Flood warnings mean flooding is expected, whereas alerts mean it is possible.

There are 42 such warnings and 182 alerts in England, with one flood warning and 19 alerts in Wales.

In West Sussex, one person was taken to hospital and 180 people were evacuated from Medmerry Holiday Park overnight, after the River Arun burst its banks.

One holidaymaker, Ed Marsh, who had to flee the caravan park just outside Chichester in the middle of the night with his family, said there were “beds floating and [it was] up to armpits when leaving the house”.

Flooding also hit parts of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and many coastal roads were left impassable, including Castle Street, East Cowes, and Western Shore near Southampton.

Heavy rain flooded the A4 Portway by the Avon gorge near Bristol

The Humber Bridge linking East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire remains closed in both directions to high-sided and vulnerable vehicles.

But the M48 Severn bridge linking England and Wales has reopened after it closed in both directions due to the strong winds.

Rail services from the north of England to Scotland and Wales have also been affected by flooding, including those from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Newcastle, Crewe to Holyhead, as well as trains from Carlisle to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Some delays are expected to last into the evening.

Trains were also unable to run on the line at Lymington Pier in Hampshire due to flooding, and in Bristol, water rose above the train tracks between Clifton Down and Severn Beach, as well as on the A4 Portway linking the city centre with the M5.

The Met Office had warned rain and wind could cause disruption to rail and road travel across England, as driving conditions worsen because of slippery road surfaces and limited visibility.

In addition to the yellow warning for parts of south and east Scotland, it has issued another affecting the east of the country on Wednesday.

A Dutton Surf amphibious kit car makes light work of the flood water in Littlehampton, West Sussex

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