Flooding across the UK is set to worsen as experts warn of "substantial" rainfall on Saturday.

It will compound misery for those in areas already suffering from severe floods following the downpours earlier this week, which forced hundreds to evacuate their homes and killed one driver.

The Environment Agency (EA) has 52 flood warnings and 159 less serious flood alerts in place as England, Wales and Scotland brace themselves for one inch of rain and gusts of up to 60mph.

The EA said nearly 300 properties had already flooded across the UK since Tuesday and on Thursday night a man died when he became trapped in his 4x4 after it became wedged under a bridge in Chew Stoke, Somerset.

Many areas are already saturated with water following the persistent rainfall this week, despite yesterday's brief respite from the stormy weather.

Surface water flooding and river flooding has affected the south west, central and north west of England and Wales.

The AA said the last few days had been some of its busiest for flood-related call-outs.

Those injured in weather-related incidents included an elderly pedestrian whose head was cut after being struck by a tree, two teenage girls taken to hospital with head and shoulder injuries, and a female driver in her 50s who escaped with minor injuries after her car was crushed by a falling tree trunk.

Meanwhile, Network Rail said trains were likely to be suspended between Exeter and Bristol until Monday.