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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) © Provided by The Associated Press 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)

LONDON (AP) — A woman died after being swept away by surging waters as torrential rain drenched parts of north and central England, swelling rivers, forcing evacuations and disrupting travel for a second day Friday.

In the city of Sheffield, 140 miles (228 kms) north of London, the River Don overflowed after 3.4 inches (85 mm) of rain fell on Thursday. About 30 people sought refuge in the Meadowhall shopping center after floodwaters stranded shoppers who had turned up to see Christmas lights switched on.

A lorry makes its way through floodwater near Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield, England, Friday Nov. 8, 2019, where some people were forced to stay overnight after heavy rain and flooding caused local roads to become gridlocked.  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) © Provided by The Associated Press A lorry makes its way through floodwater near Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield, England, Friday Nov. 8, 2019, where some people were forced to stay overnight after heavy rain and flooding caused local roads to become gridlocked. 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)

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

Kathleen Overton from Toll Bar near Doncaster, another badly affected area, said the rain had been "almost biblical."

"You were just looking out of your window in disbelief at how much of it was coming down," she said. "People's cars were getting submerged in the water, gardens were ruined, you couldn't drive anywhere. It was carnage."

People walk through 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) © Provided by The Associated Press People walk through 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)

Rain eased off Friday and the Environment Agency said levels along the Don were starting to fall, though areas downstream from Sheffield could still face flooding. About 60 warnings were in place late Friday afternoon, as well as six severe "danger to life" warnings near the Don.

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) © 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. 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)

Emergency service workers in Derbyshire county, south of Sheffield, recovered a body near the River Derwent after reports of a woman being swept away by floodwater.

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

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