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Commuters and holidaymakers are facing chaos during the Christmas getaway after heavy rain and flood waters led to major travel disruption across the south .

National Rail is urging people not to travel from Brighton to London due to water on the tracks, while the M23 is also shut in both directions due to the inclement weather.

Severe Met Office weather warnings for heavy rain indicate that water on roads will cause delays in some areas on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

It comes as millions prepare to travel for the Christmas break. Last year, there was major chaos at Gatwick when drones sightings led to flights being cancelled.

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