Entertainment Met Office warns of torrential downpours set to bring 'dangerous' flooding across the country

23:25  28 october  2020
23:25  28 october  2020 Source:   scotsman.com

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BRITAIN is set to be battered by torrential rain this week, leaving homes at risk of flooding . “ Across the warning area accumulations of 30-40mm of rain can be expected, while isolated areas Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said a weather front from the West will bring six to eight hours

THUNDERSTORMS are set to batter the UK this week and spark more life-threatening floods , the Met Office After an extremely wet weekend saw flooding hit some areas, much of the country will The new weather warning follows a weekend of heavy downpours with half a month's worth of rain

Forecasters say large waves, heavy rain, strong gales and potential river flooding will affect the west coast of England, much of Wales and parts of Scotland from Thursday.

a group of people walking down a street holding an umbrella © People walking in the rain on the Royal Mile

A yellow rain warning has been put in place in these areas and across Scotland which will last until Sunday evening.

The downpours are due to impact Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire and Renfrewshire on Thursday and on Saturday and Sunday, all of Strathclyde, Central, Tayside and Fife,

Highlands and Eilean Siar, South West Scotland and Lothian Borders will also be affected by the bout of extreme weather.

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Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more Another band of rain set to hit the south easterly coast tomorrow morning with more flash flooding expected. In Scotland motorists battled flooded roads amid torrential downpours Met Office experts warned of a month's worth of rainfall yesterday 50mm (1.97in) in England and 100mm

Experts warn the areas most affected by the upcoming spell of bad weather are already saturated which will increase the risk of flooding.

A statement on the Met Office website reads: “There is the potential for some very unsettled weather through the coming weekend, especially across southern, central and western Scotland with periods of heavy rain expected through Saturday and, after a respite overnight, Sunday."

The Met Office said the weather could cause damage to homes and businesses, travel cancellations and power cuts.

It is thought that up to 150mm of rain could fall in the mountainous regions of Wales and Cumbria within two days.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna told the PA news agency: “On Thursday and Friday, a band of low pressure will start to sweep in from the north-west, and will affect areas from Cornwall to Northern Ireland.

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The Met Office issued alerts warning the storms could cause danger to life, sudden flooding and power cuts. Gatwick Airport said on Twitter: "Adverse weather across Europe is affecting flights in and outbound Live updates as Met Office warns downpours could cause flooding . Lightning.jpg.

Water could quickly flood homes following torrential downpours and thunderstormsCredit: Jon The storms are set to arrive on Sunday and following two days of dry and sunny spells tomorrow and on Issuing the yellow weather warning on its website, the Met Office said: "Thunderstorms may develop

“There is likely to be incredibly heavy wind and rain in these regions, with gales of 50-60mph in exposed areas, perhaps leading to waves of around 10-11m.

“Around 40mm of rain could fall each day in some parts”.

On Wednesday, waves brought on by Hurricane Epsilon are believed to have reached near historic highs of between 10 and 15 metres in Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, Ireland.

It comes as forecasters said Londoners could experience the wettest month for more than 150 years.

October 2020 is already the ninth rainiest month in London since 1862.

Mr Petagna said: “It could be the case that the next few days of rain could make this one of the wettest October’s London has had.”

Britons have also been warned of life-threatening floods set to impact certain regions over the weekend, as more rain falls on the already saturated ground.

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Some residents weren't warned of worst flooding for 40 years because staff were under too much pressure .
Twelve flood warnings were not issued when they should have been, and six were issued late . Storms Ciara, Dennis, and Jorge devastated parts of the country in February, leading to more than 3,100 properties being flooded, 2,527 of them households in Wales, over the course of the month. Following Storm Dennis in the third week of February, residents in areas like Nantgarw said they had to be woken up by neighbours in the early hours of the morning, unaware their homes were filling with water and having been caught unaware of the risk the storm had posed.

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