BREAKING: Met Office issues danger to life flood warning as Brits hit by week-long washout

 A “severe” warning for rain is in place for southeast England, with forecasters saying downpours could cause a danger to life, as well as spark flooding and travel chaos  Torrential downpours hit parts of the UK but the heaviest rain is still to come, forecasters have warned  The rain swept in overnight, with the heaviest in the South East where 15mm fell in 12 hours in Sellindge in Kent, the Met Office said    But forecasters have warned that heavier and more persistent rain is likely to hit southern and eastern England on Monday afternoon  An amber warning is in place for the southwest of England for this afternoon and evening – meaning fast flowing floodwater is possible, causing danger to life   Power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses are also likely, as is travel chaos   The Met Office has also issued four yellow severe weather warnings for rain up until Thursday, saying that affected areas could see local flooding and disruption to transport  London, Peterborough, Brighton, Oxford and Nottingham have been placed on alert as they could face the heaviest downpours  The alert area covers an area from the Humber all the way down to the south coast, and from the East Midlands to Portsmouth and is in place from 4am this morning until the end of the day    Forecaster Steven Keates said the northern Home Counties, East Midlands, Lincolnshire and Humber could see some of the heaviest and most persistent rain  He added: "The rain started to push in overnight as expected but nothing particularly heavy so far  "The heaviest and most persistent rain is still to come "Probably later this afternoon into this evening and tonight we could see some of the heaviest rain  "It is going to be more the persistence of the rain in some places and the intensity for others    "Eastern and southern England in particular are likely to be seeing long and persistent bad weather  "Some places could see a month's worth of rain in two or three days, and we could see some flooding issues " The Environment Agency has one flood alert on the River Ravensbourne in London covering the boroughs of Lewisham, Bromley, Greenwich and Croydon  It said there was a risk of flooding for low-lying land, gardens and roads that are close to the river between 7am and 6pm    The EA added: "We are actively monitoring the situation and are prepared to respond if required  "Please avoid using low-lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low-lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded " The band of rain will move slightly north and west before settling, with Northern Ireland and Scotland expected to see the best of the weather  Weather warnings are in place for the whole of Tuesday and up until midday on both Wednesday and Thursday for north-eastern England down to the Wash and as far west as the West Midlands

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