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US News Storm Jorge is 'not good news' for flood-hit parts of UK, forecasters warn

07:25  28 february  2020
07:25  28 february  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Environment Agency workers are scrambling to help towns and villages badly hit by Storm Dennis earlier this month, after forecasters warned that the latest surge of high winds and heavy rain was " not good news " for those Storm Jorge will bring 70mph winds to parts of the UK on Friday, and

Storm Dennis, the forecaster warned that fast-flowing or deep flood water could cause “a danger to life” and “During the height of that storm , it may not be possible to continue all those operations. Storm Jorge is the third to hit the country this month, coming less than a fortnight after Storm Dennis

Storm Jorge will hit the UK today with winds up to 70mph - and forecasters are warning the heavy rain is "not good news" for flood-hit areas.

A series of yellow warnings for wind and rain cover most of Wales and northwest England between now and Sunday morning - and the Met Office says 50mm to 80mm of rain is possible today.

The South West of England and Northern Ireland are also covered by some of the alerts.

a yellow boat in the water: A playground in Tewkesbury is among the areas that has already fallen victim to flooding © Getty A playground in Tewkesbury is among the areas that has already fallen victim to flooding

Met Office forecaster Emma Salter said: "It's not good news I'm afraid, given all the recent rainfall we've had.

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Storm Jorge is bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the UK , causing yet more disruption to flood - hit areas. Police called a "critical incident" in parts of south Wales on Saturday, including A severe flood warning - meaning a danger to life - for the River Severn at Ironbridge was downgraded

Flood - hit communities will face further heavy rain and strong winds as Storm Jorge makes its way across the Flooding along parts of the River Severn, which has reached close to its highest levels in some areas, is likely They want to see more funding for flood defences," he told Sky News today.

"There will be rain first thing in the South West and Wales, with a fairly dry start for most other places.

"That rain in the far South West will move eastwards and it will be raining pretty much everywhere by lunchtime."

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More flooding is possible as rain falls on already saturated ground, and a severe "danger to life" flood warning is still in force on the River Severn in Ironbridge, Shropshire.

The town is among those forecast to get more heavy rain today.

The Environment Agency said the water level had fallen from its peak on Wednesday, but it is still urging people to take action.

a close up of a map: Several yellow weather warnings for rain are in place today. Pic: Met Office © Other Several yellow weather warnings for rain are in place today. Pic: Met Office

It warned: "Flood barriers at The River Severn at the Wharfage, Ironbridge have been compromised and cannot prevent flooding of properties. Your safety, home and possessions are at risk. Act now."

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Forecasters have warned "it's not good news " for flood - hit areas as Storm Jorge will bring further heavy Parts of Wales and northern England could see between 50 to 80mm of rain today alone as the storm hits the UK . Strong winds are forecast for much of England, Wales and Northern Ireland

People living in flooded areas are facing more misery as the third storm to hit the UK in a month takes hold over Storm Jorge is expected to batter coastal areas with winds of up to 70mph, while Yellow Met Office weather warnings are in place for Friday and Saturday, with parts of Wales and northern

Winds of up to 70mph will also batter the coast tomorrow - with 60mph possible inland - as the storm moves northeast across much of the UK from Saturday afternoon until Sunday morning.

But Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said the Republic of Ireland would be hit hardest by the wind.

a small house surrounded by water: A danger to life warning remains in force in Ironbridge in Shropshire © Getty A danger to life warning remains in force in Ironbridge in Shropshire

Jorge is the third named storm in recent weeks - and the wild weather has produced the second-wettest month on record, with 179.3mm falling by 25 February. Some areas have been deluged by a month's rain in 24 hours.

This weekend's fresh rain could break the February all-time record of 193.4mm set in 1990.

Flooding also forced people in the Worcestershire town of Bewdley to evacuate yesterday after the river spilled over barriers, and East Yorkshire residents were evacuated from the village of East Cowick after the River Aire broke its banks.

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Further floods are expected in parts of the West Midlands after Storm Jorge , the Environment Agency (EA) has said. "We've just been given the very depressing news that we've got a timeline of about six to nine months to be back in the Storm Jorge : Flood - hit towns battle wettest February on record.

STORM Jorge will hit Britain with 70mph winds in the THIRD storm this month, as more flooding is feared across the UK . Already flood - hit communities will face more heavy rain and strong winds over the weekend, weather forecasters have warned .

BEWDLEY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26: Rescue workers help a woman to safety in flood waters on February 26, 2020 in Bewdley, England. Shrewsbury, Worcester and Ironbridge are among the main areas at risk of flooding and two severe flood warnings are still in place in Shropshire with the River Severn at risk of breaching defences in Ironbridge. Water is expected to keep rising throughout the day and may top Bewdley's highest ever recorded levels from back in 2000.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) © 2020 Getty Images BEWDLEY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26: Rescue workers help a woman to safety in flood waters on February 26, 2020 in Bewdley, England. Shrewsbury, Worcester and Ironbridge are among the main areas at risk of flooding and two severe flood warnings are still in place in Shropshire with the River Severn at risk of breaching defences in Ironbridge. Water is expected to keep rising throughout the day and may top Bewdley's highest ever recorded levels from back in 2000. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Some 79 "immediate action" flood warnings and 121 flood alerts remain in place in England.

The government has been criticised for being slow to send a minister to the flood-hit areas.

Visiting Ironbridge on Thursday, Environment Secretary George Eustice said the delay in going to the town was so emergency services could "deal with the immediate impacts" of the floods.

Flooding in Ironbridge, Shropshire, as residents in riverside properties in the area have been told to leave their homes and businesses immediately after temporary flood barriers were overwhelmed by water. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Wire/PA Images Flooding in Ironbridge, Shropshire, as residents in riverside properties in the area have been told to leave their homes and businesses immediately after temporary flood barriers were overwhelmed by water. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)

He also said the prime minister had not visited because he had "made it clear he wanted me to lead on this", adding: "I have kept him regularly informed with what is happening."

Boris Johnson declined to confirm on Thursday whether he would visit those made homeless and instead said flood defence was a "massive issue" for the UK and that the government would give another £4bn to address it.


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