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A month's rainfall in a day - and more to come.

WEATHER forecasters warned of more heavy downpours today after areas of eastern England were hit by a month's of rain in a day.

Eight flood warnings are in force on rivers across East Anglia after yesterday's torrential rain in Cambridgeshire, Essex and Kent.

A spokesman at the PA Weather Centre warned that more rain was on the way.

"There could be as much as 10mm - that's over half an inch - in some of the areas already badly hit. It could cause more problems."

Between 50mm and 60mm of rain fell in many parts of Kent, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

An Environment Agency spokesman said it would take some time for water in East Anglia to clear.

"It's moving down reasonably well, but as so much of it is due to a great deal of surface water running off, our main rivers are running fairly full, some extremely full," he said.

"We are hoping that things will become better, but it all depends."

Regional flood watch manager Jonathan Wortley said: "The biggest problems for us are in the Braintree area, where we had 60-70mm of rain."

A number of roads were closed in Essex, including the A12 at Kelvedon and the A120 at Braintree.

Traffic turning off to Stansted airport had to queue on the M11 as minor roads and the airport approach road were flooded.

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WET FEET: A car stranded in floods in Caldecote, Cambridgeshire, yesterday after the downpour
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