More Weather Warnings For South Coast

It was the wettest April on record, and the Met Office warns there's more heavy rain on the way.

Rainfall in the UK was almost double what forecasters would expect for April, and a lot of that affected us here in the south.

Forecasters say people should keep alert for flood warnings in their area, as the wet weather's expected to continue today (Tuesday 1st May.)

It comes after a man died when his car became completely submerged in water as he tried to cross a ford.

Officers were called to Thornford Road, Compton Wood, Hampshire, after they received reports of the stuck vehicle yesterday morning (April 30th).

A 52-year-old man, who was a passenger in the vehicle, had to be recovered from it. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The 54-year-old woman driving was able to get free of the vehicle. She was taken to the Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital to be treated for shock. 
 
The couple are a husband and wife from the Middlesex area. 
 
The road was closed to allow the emergency services to respond to the incident and recover the vehicle, a silver Toyota Yaris. 
 
Inspector Jon Snook from Hampshire Constabulary’s Roads Policing unit said:  “We believe the car drove into the ford from the Hampshire side where it appears as though it was swept downstream and became submerged. 
 
“On arrival, we co-ordinated a rescue operation with the fire service to try and free the man. Unfortunately, he was pronounced dead at the scene. 
 
“We know that the ford was flooded and we are now conducting an investigation to establish the exact circumstances of this incident and will be preparing a file for the coroner.
 
“If you have any information that could help us with our enquiries, for example if you saw the Toyota Yaris prior to the incident, please contact the police.”
 
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Roads Policing Unit at Farnborough, quoting Operation Alcantra, on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111. Minicom users should contact 01962 875000.

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