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    On friday evening we drove up to Ripon, what a terrible night rained all the way, at about 7.30 we were on the A1 northbound just passing junction 45, i was doing about 50mph as the rain was pouring down i was traveling in the slow lane thank god, kept a good distance between the car in front, when all of a sudden a cloud must have burst right above me and what seemed like thousands of gallons of water just fell on my romahome and no matter how fast the wipers were going they were no use at all, i could not see a thing this lasted for a least 5 seconds i know that does`nt sound a long time but when your doing 50mph and you can`t see a thing it seems like forever, the only way i can describe it, it was like driving through a waterfall tunnel, i can honestly say i have never been so frightend in my life and i have driven in all weathers, i just thank god there were no cars directly in front or behind me, i would hate to think what could have happened, i hope i never experience anything like that again.
    Has anything like this ever happened to you?

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    That sounds absolutely horrendous, I have been in really heavy rain before but not as bad as you describe, as you say thank goodness nothing had stopped in front of you.
    Graham
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      #3
      Wow, you described it very well, but have never experienced anything like that. Heavy rain yes, but I can imagine what you got as being a bit of a phenomenon. Scary and well done for keeping your cool.

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        #4
        Scary stuff! Happened to me years ago on the way to London on the M40. I pulled over on to the hard shoulder under a bridge until it passed over; I remember it feeling like a waterfall though. Glad you're ok.

        Di

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          #5
          Yes, yesterday!!! I was driving on the A27 to Southampton and it had begun raining heavily anyway, then at about 2pm it absolutely threw it down, the road had become the M27. This is around Portsmouth, it elevates and becomes exposed and four lanes, I let my speed fall away gently, remained in lane and stuck the hazard lights on, others were braking hard and changing lanes to avoid massive sheets of water.... it was pretty scarey as visibility was ridiculously low so suddenly, it was probably at full strenght for less than a minute. The pattern repeated itself over fifteen minutes but people either pulled on to the hard shoulder or dropped to 15/20mph after the first episode.
          I've been driving for a long time and hadn't encountered a storm as ferocious, violent and sudden as that one!
          I also got a wet arm as the customery drip from the ariel point above the windscreen turned into a thin stream of water
          Stay dry
          Andyvan

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            #6
            Happened to me years ago on M25,flooded the engine and we ground to a halt,nasty.Glad you are OK.
            Young men sow wild oats.Old men grow sage.

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