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Last Updated: Monday, 9 August, 2004, 13:28 GMT 14:28 UK
Heavy storms sweep across Britain
Lightning strikes
Parts of Scotland have been the heaviest hit in the storms
Heavy rain has battered the UK as a system including the remains of Hurricane Alex caused torrential rain and thunderstorms.

Parts of Scotland were the heaviest hit, with homes losing power and residents fighting back floodwater.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for south and west Scotland as well as eastern England.

The grim conditions are expected to remain in many parts of Britain for most of the week.

BBC weather forecaster Michael Fish said Scotland and England's eastern counties could expect more heavy rainfalls on Monday night and into Tuesday.

The storm system was pushing eastwards to north-east Scotland and the eastern edges of England, although rain was also expected in the south-west on Monday night.


Scottish Power reported almost 1,000 homes had lost electricity in the storms, mainly in rural areas of the country.

Power was not expected to be restored in most homes until Monday night.

The rain has brought localised flooding to parts of western Scotland, which has made driving dangerous on some roads.

Strathclyde Fire Brigade said it had been busy coping with traffic accidents caused by the stormy weather.

It said Helensburgh had been the worst hit by floodwater, but properties in parts of Inverary, Kilbirnie and Ayr were also badly affected.

A Met Office spokesman said "prolonged and torrential rainfall" had also been reported in eastern England.

The rain is expected to persist for the next few days as the remains of Hurricane Alex, which came across the Atlantic, continue to hover to the west of the UK.

Storms brought chaos across Britain last week, with flash flooding bringing traffic to a standstill in many areas.

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