More than an inch of rain inundated North Yorkshire in just a span of hours, the UK’s Met Office wrote on Twitter. Roads were washed out across the region, and a road bridge collapsed near Grinton.
"The roads were a raging torrent and there were sheds and household oil tanks floating down them," Steve Clough of Swaledale Mountain Rescue told Sky News.
A couple climbed 100 feet up a coastal cliff to escape the sudden tide surge at a beach in Filey Brigg Tuesday afternoon, the BBC reported. The man and the woman were found “clinging on by their fingertips” when rescuers arrived. The pair didn’t suffer any injuries, officials told the outlet.
Meanwhile, floodwaters swept through the streets of Bellerby as citizens defended their homes with sandbags. Rescue workers were seen helping a child over the rushing water.
"It started about half-past two, three o'clock, and the rain really started tanking down with hailstones and it got blacker and blacker,” said Dave Ward, a member of Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team. “And within about half an hour I started to defend our cottage because it was just coming off the hills at the back. And within about half an hour the road started flooding up and it's never stopped."
Gareth Walls, of Ripon, described the hail that pummeled the region as “like pickled onion,” and posted a picture of a large hailstone in the palm of his hand.
The Met Office said Wednesday that rain and “thundery downpours” could continue in some places.
Britain has been getting wetter, according to the Met Office’s U.K. Climate report, with 13% more summer rain falling in the 21st century than the 20th.
The Met Office also said that since records began in 1884, the 10 warmest years in the U.K. have all occurred since 2002. The 10 coldest years were all before 1964.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.