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Britain hit by more floods in summer of storms
by Staff Writers
London (AFP) June 29, 2012

Britain was bracing for more disruption on Friday after storms and flash floods in which one man died and hundreds of homes were evacuated.

A landslide near the England-Scotland border overnight brought train services to a halt as torrential rains hit large swathes of Britain in the latest bout of unseasonable weather in the country.

One man died on Thursday after being swept away by a flooded stream in western England.

Seven flood warnings issued by Britain's Environment Agency remained in place Friday in central and northeast England -- the worst hit by the floods -- though rains are expected to ease during the day.

Train services between Newcastle, in northeast England, and the Scottish capital Edinburgh were cancelled Friday because of flooding and a landslip near the border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

More than 40 schools remained closed in northeast England as a result of the downpours.

Parts of central England were pelted with around 22 mm (just under one inch) of rain in one hour Thursday -- a third of the average rainfall for the whole month of June -- while 15,000 homes in the area were left without power overnight.

Meanwhile, southern England enjoyed dry weather and sunshine Thursday, with temperatures up to 28 degrees Celsius (82 Fahrenheit).


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