Bridges collapse and roads wrecked as nine UK flood warnings still in place

Torrents of water gush along a road and plunge down a ditch after severe flooding.

Footage captures the wreckage of the rural road after downpours lashed most of the country yesterday.

But a further 1.6 inches of rain is expected and nine flood warnings for "immediate action" have been issued across the Midlands and parts of the north.

Met Office says "heavy rain and thunderstorms could bring a chance of flooding and travel disruption" across from parts of Norfolk in the southeast to Carlisle in the northwest.

A separate yellow weather warning says thunderstorms today will cause flooding in parts of Scotland – from the Dumfries area in the south to parts of the Caingorms in the north.

Almost one month's rain fell in four hours in rural North Yorkshire yesterday.

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Hailstones the size of sweets fell in some areas.

The clip of the ruined road was captured near Grinton in the county.

Other roads resembled rivers, cars became stranded and fields were under water.

Some roads remain shut and rail passengers faced disruption in the region this morning.

Leonie Garrard, who runs a clothing and interiors shop in Leyburn, said torrential rain caused water to come through the ceiling and left the town "cut off".

"I have never seen [anything like] this in my whole life. It has been horrendous," she told BBC News.

Josie Beszant, who owns an art gallery in the town of Masham, said: "It was a very sudden and extremely heavy thunderstorm.

"Silver Street was flash flooded and fire engines came to pump it out. The gardens are pretty devastated. It just looks absolutely drenched."

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it received around 115 calls to flooding incidents in Leyburn and Reeth on Tuesday evening.

A spokesman said: "We had several appliances as well as our swift water rescue teams and high volume pumping appliance within the area attending various incidents involving flooded properties and cars stuck in flood water."

Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team said: "Please note heavy flooding on all roads in the Swaledale area only travel if essential as many routes impassable.

"Although water levels are slowly easing some bridges are out and lots of debris on the roads."

The Brymor Ice Cream parlour, near Masham, was caught in a freak hail storm which left some customers with minor injuries.

The attraction posted on Facebook: "Earlier today along with other areas of the region the farm here at Brymor was severely affected by the storms and flash floods.

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