UK News Storm Dennis: Homes face 'significant flooding' with a month's rain to fall in 24 hours

00:05  21 february  2020
00:05  21 february  2020 Source:   inews.co.uk

Wales set to get the wettest weather as Storm Dennis warning upgraded to amber

  Wales set to get the wettest weather as Storm Dennis warning upgraded to amber Alerts have been issued across the UKThe Met Office warns that the storm will bring major bouts of bad weather, with gusts of hurricane-force winds, flooding and travel disruption from Saturday to Monday.

Deluged communities in parts of the UK are facing more heavy rain as they struggle to cope in the wake of Storm Dennis . A month ' s worth of rain in 24 hours is also forecast to hit north Wales and north-west England, falling on ground that is already saturated. Eight rivers have reached record

Some areas are still flooded after the wet weather caused by Storm Dennis . Parts of the UK are facing more heavy rain with nearly 120 flood warnings in place across the country. In north Wales and north-west England a month ' s worth of rain is forecast for just 24 hours , falling on ground that is

a herd of sheep walking along a river next to a body of water © Provided by The i

Large areas of Britain are braced for more flooding misery on Friday, with a “significant” threat in the north of England and Wales seeing a month’s rain in just 24 hours.

The Environment Agency has warned of worsening conditions across the Pennines and parts of Yorkshire and said continued river flooding remains probable around the River Severn.

A 62-year-old woman had to be rescued after spending 12 hours stranded on the roof of her car in floodwater in Gloucestershire and 20 firefighters also saved a woman who was clinging to the branch of a tree in Brecon.

A man was also pulled from the water near Worcester Cathedral by a boat rescue team.

Storm Dennis to be an 'explosive' record breaker as North Wales put on Amber alert

  Storm Dennis to be an 'explosive' record breaker as North Wales put on Amber alert Storm Dennis could become one of the deepest Atlantic low pressure systems in modern records . It is now developing in the north Atlantic and is about to undergo a period of explosive cyclogenesis - the central pressure forecast to drop 50-60mb in 24 hours to around 917mb with the current record standing at 914mb. These weather warnings come just one week after the country was battered by Storm Ciara with severe floods affecting large parts of North Wales.

More than a month ’ s worth rain could fall across parts of the UK inside 24 hours even as the country battles back from the aftermath of Storm Dennis Flood water surrounds Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire. Severe flood warnings remain in place in the wake of Storm Dennis , with more rain

Meanwhile, heavy rain has been falling across southern Scotland leading to three severe flood warnings for the Hawick area in the Scottish Borders. The Environment Agency has warned flooding is likely to be worse this weekend as already saturated ground is met with a "perfect storm " of heavy

Threat of a month's rain

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Flood water at Tewkesbury Abbey, in Gloucestershire, and there's more on the way (Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire)

The Environment Agency said there were 89 flood warnings in place for England on Thursday afternoon plus six severe warnings indicating lives were in danger in communities near the Welsh border.

Persistent rain has seen the Met Office raise yellow weather warnings for Friday for Yorkshire, the North East and much of Scotland, where heavy rain is expected to cause travel disruption. Further warnings are in place for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England for Saturday.

England has received 141 per cent of its average February rainfall with eight days to go before the end of the month.

WATCH: Dramatic footage shows ferry caught in storm Dennis

  WATCH: Dramatic footage shows ferry caught in storm Dennis A ferry swaying heavily at sea as storm Dennis batters parts of the country has been caught on camera. © Provided by The Scotsman Stuart Bell was visiting the Isle of Arran when he filmed the ferry approaching the Calmac Ferry Terminal. The unnerving footage shows the huge boat rocking side-to-side during the extreme weather as it approaches the terminal. Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to blast the country for the remainder of this week as the storm hits.

As Dennis spread rain across northern Europe, it led to areas of localized flooding , but the heaviest was concentrated across England and Wales. Rounds of downpours caused rivers to rise across the region along with hundreds of flood warnings and alerts across the U.K., with a record number of

COMMUNITIES across the UK already rocked by floods now face a month ’ s worth of rain in one day, the The village of Capel Curig in north Wales received 54mm of rain in 24 hours , compared to an Rescuers pulled OAPs from care homes and ferried stranded residents to safety on inflatable boats in

The Rivers Colne, Ribble, Calder, Aire, Trent, Severn, Wye, Lugg, and Derwent are among the many rivers where records have been broken.

'Long lasting impact'

Capel Curig, in north Wales, saw 54mm of rain in 24 hours, compared to the month’s average of 97mm. Shap, in Cumbria, which recorded 120mm in February 2019, saw 52mm fall before day broke on Thursday.

Caroline Douglas, director of incident management at the agency, said: “Flooding has a long lasting impact on people's lives and our thoughts remain with all those who have been flooded.

”Further spells of rain in northern England from Friday and into the weekend may lead to further significant river flooding, particularly across the Pennines, while ongoing river flooding remains probable for the lower Severn.

”This is the third weekend we have seen exceptional river levels and stormy weather, and with the effects of climate change, we need to prepare for more frequent periods of extreme weather like this. People need to be aware of their flood risk, sign up to flood warnings, make a flood plan and not to drive or walk through flood water.“

Flights cancelled amid flood alerts as second storm in week hits Britain

  Flights cancelled amid flood alerts as second storm in week hits Britain Flights cancelled amid flood alerts as second storm in week hits BritainThe heavy rain and strong winds from Storm Dennis hit barely a week after Storm Ciara caused disruption to transport, flooded homes and left thousands without electricity.

Flood -hit towns prepare for yet another deluge - but will barriers protect their homes ? Craig Snell, from the Met Office, said: “Hot on the heels of Storm Dennis , we have now got this next weather “ Rainfall totals are not too high at the moment. But if we are looking at the situation in 24 hours ’ time

It never rains but it pours: Flood areas face another deluge as Storm Dennis results in a record-breaking number of severe flood warnings with forecasters warning of a risk to life along major Forecasters have warned that a month ' s worth of rain could fall over 24 hours in the worst-hit areas.

Hereford Fire and Rescue personnel talk with a resident in St Andrew's Church yard in the village of Hampton Bishop in Herefordshire, as heavy rain threatens further flooding (Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty)

a man standing in front of a brick building © Provided by The i More weather warnings are likely on Friday with heavy rain expected across western Scotland, Yorkshire and parts of Cumbria. Gusty winds are also expected to strengthen.

Bridgend council said engineers were checking 41 former coal mining sites in the Ogmore, Garw and Llynfi valley to ensure they were safe.

This week's floods on the River Wye in Hereford have been declared the worst in 110 years by more than half a metre.

Flooding in Shropshire, where places including Shrewsbury, Clun, Ludlow and Bridgnorth suffer wide-scale flooding, has been the worst since 2000.

Rescue operation

In Worcestershire, a vintage bus company was using a 1956 double-decker to ferry people to Bewdley, where a bridge has been shut. A boy in Bewdley handed out daffodils to Environment Agency workers.

Workers were also working to clear a collapsed wall between Holt Fleet and Ombersley in Worcestershire.

Storm Dennis: what do flood warnings and alerts mean?

  Storm Dennis: what do flood warnings and alerts mean? Record number of alerts in place after second storm in seven days causes chaosThe current warnings include five severe warnings in England, which mean there is a danger to life.

Residents in Severn Stoke, Worcestershire, were facing another day cut off by flood water, with more rain expected.

Meanwhile, fundraising efforts have continued for those affected by the floods, with multiple communities in Wales starting collections. The Welsh Rugby Union has set up a fund to help clubs affected by flooding.

On Wednesday, Good Omens actor Michael Sheen launched a campaign to raise money for affected communities in Wales, raising half of its £10,000 goal within the first five hours.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks with Richard Oliver whose home was flooded in Pontypridd, Wales (Photo: Matthew Horwood/Getty)

a castle surrounded by a body of water © Provided by The i Jeremy Corbyn has criticised Boris Johnson over the Prime Minister's failure to visit flood hit communities.

The Labour leader also warned that Mr Johnson was showing his “true colours” having failed to hold a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee.

Mr Corbyn visited Pontypridd in South Wales on Thursday to meet residents and volunteers in communities swamped by Storm Dennis, where he said people have been “badly let down time and again”.

Ahead of the visit, he called the Government's response to recent flooding “wholly inadequate” and accused ministers of failing to grasp the scale of the climate crisis.

Flood-hit communities in England, Wales brace for more rain

  Flood-hit communities in England, Wales brace for more rain Communities in England and Wales are shoring up flood barriers and bracing for more heavy rain after the damage caused by Storm Dennis. Areas hit hard by downpours and high winds during Dennis could see more flooding due to already their full rivers and catchments, Britain's Met Office weather service said Wednesday. “There's a lot more water in the river systems,'' said Kate Marks, a deputy director at the U.K. Environment Agency. “In particular, we are worried about the Rivers Severn, Teme and Wye.

His visit was taking place after the business minister Nadhim Zahawi defended Boris Johnson.

Mr Zahawi told Sky News: ”He is now Prime Minister and is leading the team as the Prime Minister but quite rightly, rather than having a sort of jamboree of media and your whole entourage going, he wants to help people by getting the funding to them.”

‘We have lost tens of thousands as fields submerged’

A young farmer from Herefordshire has spoken out about how floods have hit his family’s farm causing “tens of thousands” of pounds’ worth of damage.

Ally Hunter Blair, who runs a farm in Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire, said many of their crops had suffered as a result of the recent downpours, as the land was submerged in floodwater.

“We have 160 acres under 4ft of water of which half was growing crops. They have drowned,” he told i. Mr Blair said the rainfall had been “relentless” over recent months.

“Roughly we’re looking at a loss of income somewhere in the tens of thousands, plus the cost of trying to replant something in the spring,” he said. “We’ve had a record-breaking flood, so high in fact the Environment Agency river gauges have broken as the river is too high.”

The seeds on his farm planted in autumn, including much of the wheat and oilseed rape crop, have been lost due to the rain, Mr Blair said. “To have this water go through your home must be absolutely terrible.”

'Significant flooding' risk as heavy rain moves north .
Northern England has been warned to prepare for potentially more "significant flooding" as further downpours are expected to hit already saturated areas. © Other Yellow rain and wind alerts for Friday The Environment Agency (EA) says the Pennines and parts of North Yorkshire are most at risk from Friday through to next week due to "probable" worries the lower River Severn could burst its banks.There are currently five danger-to-life flood warnings in place in the Midlands, with two covering Hampton Bishop, Herefordshire, due to the nearby rivers of Lugg and Wye.

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