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Torrential rain in England kills 1; floods streets

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People cope with flood water on a residential street in Doncaster, England, as parts of England endured heavy rain, with some scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, and travel plans thrown into chaos, Friday Nov. 8, 2019. Torrential rain has drenched parts of north and central England, forcing some to evacuate their homes and stranding a small group of people in a shopping centre overnight. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP): People cope with flood water on a residential street in Doncaster, England, on Friday Nov. 8, 2019. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

People cope with flood water on a residential street in Doncaster, England, on Friday Nov. 8, 2019. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)
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LONDON (AP) — Torrential rain drenched parts of north and central England, swelling rivers, forcing evacuations and disrupting travel. One woman died after being swept away by surging waters.

Floods hit the city of Sheffield, where the River Don overflowed after 3.4 inches (85 mm) of rain fell on Thursday. Some 30 people sought refuge in the Meadowhall shopping center after flood waters stranded shoppers who had turned up to see Christmas lights switched on.

"Some places have seen a month's worth of rain in one day," Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said.

As of Friday afternoon, the agency said 73 flood warnings were in place, as well as six severe "danger to life" warnings near the River Don.

Emergency services in Derbyshire, south of Sheffield, recovered the body of a woman near the River Derwent after reports of a woman being swept away by flood water.

The Environment Agency said the highest rainfall on Thursday was registered in Swineshaw, in the Peak District — 4.4 inches (112 mm).

A police roadblock near Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield, England, where some people were forced to stay overnight after heavy rain and flooding caused local roads to become gridlocked, Friday Nov. 8, 2019.  Torrential rain has drenched parts of north and central England with a month’s worth of rain falling in 24 hours, forcing some to evacuate their homes and stranding a small group in a shopping centre overnight. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP): A police roadblock near Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield, England, where some people were forced to stay overnight after heavy rain and flooding caused local roads to become gridlocked, Friday Nov. 8, 2019. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP) © Provided by The Associated Press A police roadblock near Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield, England, where some people were forced to stay overnight after heavy rain and flooding caused local roads to become gridlocked, Friday Nov. 8, 2019. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)
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