Terrifying moment car falls into huge sinkhole during storm

Terrifying moment car falls into huge sinkhole during storm

A UK driver is perhaps lucky to be alive after they drove their car into a sinkhole which opened up in a residential area in Essex following Storm Ciara. The storm has caused flooding and severe gales across the UK, and has claimed the life of at least one person, per the BBC.

Take a look at the dramatic footage which shows the vehicle submerged in the hole, as emergency workers do their best to pull it out:

The enormous hole appeared in the early hours of Monday morning in Essex, with local residents having heard unusually loud noises outside late last night.

A huge hole also appeared in a garden in Rochdale, Greater Manchester after homes in the area were evacuated due to the dangerous weather conditions, the Mail Online reports.

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While Storm Ciara is beginning to dissipate after wreaking havoc across the nation over the last few days, the Met Office warned that the weather will remain unsettled, tweeting: "Whilst #StormCiara is clearing away, it will remain unsettled with further strong winds, heavy showers, some snow, and ice."

Over the weekend, the Environment Agency had also issued more than 200 flood warnings as heavy rains continue across the UK.

One warning from The Environment Agency reads:

"We are issuing the severe flood warning for the River Nidd at Pateley Bridge due to forecast overtopping of flood defences. River levels are rising rapidly due to heavy rainfall, associated with Storm Ciara. Heavy showers are expected to continue through Sunday afternoon 09/02/2020. The river Nidd is forecast to begin overtopping flood defences in Pateley Bridge at about 12:30 this afternoon. The river level is forecast to peak at 5.1m at 2 pm on Sunday. This will lead to significant overtopping and may pose a danger to life."

Those wishing to travel by plane, train or car may face further disruption while flood warnings remain in place.