HAMPSHIRE is on flood alert this morning as heavy rains sweeps across the county.

Motorists are being warned to take extra care travelling to work as slow moving downpours threaten to cause flooding in some areas.

The Environment Agency has warned that over the coming days more than two inches of rain is forecast to fall in the worst hit areas and with ground already saturated there is a risk of rivers and groundwater flooding - putting Hampshire on amber alert.

Strong winds which are also forecast for the next few days could increase the risk of surface water flooding as wind-blown leaves and debris could block drains.

A spokesman said: “We are looking at 15-30mm (0.6-1.2 inches) quite widely across that area and up to 40mm (1.6 inches) in the worst-hit areas.

“There's pretty saturated ground following the rain around today, so there's the possibility of seeing some localised flooding.”