Warning of heavy rain and strong winds in wake of Storm Angus

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Wind and rain will continue to blight parts of Britain after torrential downpours caused flash-flooding and travel chaos across most of the country.

In the wake of Storm Angus many areas across the UK, particularly the South West, Wales and North West, suffered under the fresh deluge of precipitation.

The extreme weather saw a ferry carrying passengers stranded at sea, roads and schools closed, homes flooded, cars submerged, people rescued and railway lines engulfed by the rising water.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said the heaviest and most persistent rain will move north-eastwards throughout Monday night, with overall weather improvements not expected until later in the week.

"Behind all the rain, across the rest of the UK, there is a lot of showers and some of these are heavy and thundery at times - these will gradually clear as we go through tomorrow.

"It will be a better day, but it is still going to be quite windy."

Heading into Tuesday he said there are wind warnings for the North and North West, valid from 9pm until 6am, and a warning for the South Coast from Hampshire eastwards valid from 1am to 9am, currently in place.

Mr Burkill said across the South Coast gusts of between 50-60mph could be seen with up to 70-80mph on the most exposed coastal parts, with 50-60mph expected in North East England with up 70mph on the highest grounds.

"Even though the worst of the rain is clearing northwards, we have still got some pretty strong winds to deal with which will likely cause some further problems," he added.

Mr Burkill said it will "turn more settled" throughout the week.

More than 72 flood warnings were put in place across the South West, the Midlands, North East, North West, Wales and the East of England by the Environment Agency on Monday evening, with a further 215 flood alerts issued across England and Wales.

A Stena Europe ferry which failed to dock at Fishguard at 12.30pm after leaving Rosslare, Ireland at 9am on Monday is expected to attempt a second docking at midday, a Stena Line spokeswoman said.

The company said 87 passengers and 59 crew members remained on board the vessel overnight and stressed the health and safety of all on board is "paramount".

Police in South Wales looking for 69-year-old Russell Sherwood who disappeared during Storm Angus will resume the search for the pensioner on Tuesday, after fading light and treacherous weather conditions halted efforts.