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SEVERE flooding which has caused havoc across the area is set to be repeated over the weekend, weather experts have warned.

A month’s worth of rain fell in 12 hours yesterday – closing part of the A27 and causing four-hour delays for motorists.

QUEUES Traffic going east on the A27 last night could only go as far as the Emsworth sliproad.  Picture: Malcolm Wells (122006-1602)

QUEUES Traffic going east on the A27 last night could only go as far as the Emsworth sliproad. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122006-1602)

The Met Office said tomorrow and Thursday will be mostly dry, but yet more heavy rain is expected to fall over the weekend, because of low pressure in the atmosphere.

Met Office weather forecaster George Goodfellow said experts were preparing to issue more severe weather warnings going into the weekend and people should be on their guard.

‘Later on Thursday and into Friday it looks like it could come back,’ he said.

‘Then there could be a fair amount of rain continuing into Saturday and Sunday.

‘It is something that people should keep an eye on.

‘We have not issued any severe weather warnings yet, but people need to look out for them.

‘Conditions could be similar to what we have been seeing.

‘It looks like it could be very windy and very wet.’

A number of roads and homes were flooded yesterday and, despite teams from the Highways Agency working all day, attempts to clear water and reopen the A27 failed due to the sheer volume of water falling on the road.

Reader Michelle Quintavelle took the picture of the submerged A27 on today’s front page.

The A27’s eastbound and westbound carriageways between Emsworth and Fishbourne were shut from 6am yesterday and remained closed over night.

Whole sections of the road were under several feet of water and photographs showed that at least one vehicle had become submerged.

A spokesman for the Highways Agency said: ‘It’s not a drainage issue with the road, the issue is the amount of water that has fallen and the road’s position between two high fields.

‘The road is also below water level so all the time water is being pumped out, it’s seeping back in.’

One motorist said it took him more than 50 minutes to drive along Selsey Road to the A27 junction, only to find it impossible to join the main road.

A diversion was put in place along the A259 but there were long queues for drivers last night.

And motorists heading towards London faced severe disruption on the M25, with the section of the motorway between the A3 and the M3 junctions hit by flooding and accidents.

There were flooding issues across the area, with problems also occurring on Cosham High Street, Bramdean Drive, in Leigh Park, Castle Road, in Rowlands Castle, Milton Road, in Waterlooville, and Newgate Lane, in Fareham, at the junction with Palmerston Drive.