LONDON – Residents on many of Britain’s coasts braced for more deadly storms Monday as forecasters predicted high winds and waves of up to 32-feet striking southwest England, Wales, and western Scotland.
At least three people have died in a wave of stormy weather that has battered Britain since last week, including a man killed when his mobility scooter fell into a river in Oxford, southern England.
Weather forecasting body the Met Office warned of wind gusts of up to 70 mph, accompanied by heavy rain, and exceptionally large waves, along the coasts of Wales, southwest England and Northern Ireland Monday.
Some towns along the coast were evacuated and rescue centers set up after storm warnings. Roads were closed and trains delayed or cancelled in several areas as hail created hazardous driving conditions. Weather services predicted up to an inch and a half of rain in some regions.
Mother Nature has pounded Britain with storms for the last week and the soaked ground has contributed to mass flooding. The Environment Agency issued a severe flood warning -- suggesting there is a threat to life and property -- for the county of Dorset in southwestern England, as well as more than 300 less serious flood warnings and alerts.
A 47-year-old man was the third person to die in the storms over the weekend. The unidentified victim died when his mobility scooter fell into the swollen River Thames in Oxford, Saturday.
Rescuers continue to search for missing 18-year-old student Harry Martin, who was last seen leaving his home near Plymouth, Thursday afternoon to take photos of the storms.
A 27-year-old man was found on a beach in Cornwall after he was swept out to sea on New Year's Eve night, and a woman died after being rescued from the sea in north Devon.
Experts say the storms are the worst to hit Britain in 15 years.
The Associated press contributed to this report.