July 08, 2012
Suffering ... rain mars Grand Prix practice. Photo: AP
TORRENTIAL rain has pelted a large swath of Britain, flooding roads, cancelling concerts and turning practice for the British Grand Prix into a puddle-churning ordeal.
Authorities issued almost 200 flood alerts or warnings across the country on Friday.
The Meteorological Office said downpours were likely from south-western England all the way up north to Glasgow in Scotland and across the Irish Sea to Northern Ireland.
Britain is even more vulnerable to flooding than usual following the wettest June on record.
Bad weather made Prince Charles an hour late for a visit to Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire, where his brown shoes became mud-splattered as he met local officials to discuss efforts to recover from floods two weeks ago.
Storm warnings also prompted the cancellation of yesterday's MFest music festival in Leeds in central England. The Human League, Texas, Bob Geldof and Cher Lloyd had all been booked to perform.
Grand Prix organisers admitted they faced a ''nightmare'' after heavy rain left thousands of fans stranded, with McLaren's Jenson Button predicting today's race could be called off.
Associated Press; Telegraph, London