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Flood warning as rain bands hit UK
A severe flood warning has been issued as forecasters said up to a month's rain could fall over 24 hours.
The Environment Agency has urged communities in the north and east of England, the Midlands and much of Wales to be prepared for flooding as two bands of very heavy rain were set to cross the UK on Friday and into Saturday.
The agency said the risk of flooding was expected to be the highest of a so-far wet year, with properties and transport in some parts of the country likely to be hit. Yorkshire, the North East, the Midlands and East Anglia are likely to take the brunt of the severe weather, the Environment Agency said.
Craig Woolhouse, head of flood incident management at the Environment Agency, said: "We are expecting some very significant flooding in the coming days across large parts of the country and would strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings, keep a close eye on the forecasts for their area and be prepared for flooding."
Nick Prebble, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the Press Association's weather division, said one indication was that up to 100mm (3.9 inches) could fall over central and southern England in a 24-hour period but it was likely to be less.
He said: "There is quite a large area of rain edging in from south-east England and making its way westwards through the course of today. Much of England and Wales will be affected by rain."
The Met Office issued an amber weather warning - the second highest, and meaning "be prepared".
A music festival that could have welcomed 30,000 revellers over the weekend has been cancelled due to safety concerns. The Human League, Texas, Bob Geldof and Cher Lloyd were all booked to play the two-day MFEST concert at Harewood House in Leeds.
In a statement, the event organisers said: "It is with our deepest regret that due to the adverse weather conditions leading up to this event in conjunction with the extreme weather warning as issued by the Met Office for the weekend, we were left with no other decision than to abandon this weekend's MFEST. "
Meanwhile, a man using a mobility scooter was rescued from an underpass that was three feet deep in water, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service confirmed. He was lifted out of the water near the railway station in Goole and he suffered no injuries, they said.