March 12 2014 Latest news:
Friday, December 27, 2013
As much of the country looks set to be hit by storms again today, Norfolk is predicted to escape the worst of the weather.
Phil Garner, a forecaster at UEA-based Weatherquest, said today looked set to be breezy and blustery but that the county should get away relatively lightly compared to other parts of the country.
Mr Garner said: “Today it’s going to be a blustery day with fresh to strong winds that could bring an isolated shower but much of today should stay dry.
“It should stay fine overnight with the winds moderating and I think there’s a very small chance of a light shower on Saturday but most places will be dry with sunny spells and lighter winds than today.”
Nationally, heavy rain and gales of more than 100mph returned to Britain overnight - just days after the last storm caused Christmas misery for tens of thousands of people.
The Met Office has issued yellow and amber weather warnings, indicating “severe or hazardous weather” with potential to “cause danger to life or widespread disruption” and urged many people to prepare for flooding.
The storm will spread east across the whole of the UK throughout the morning, with the worst-affected areas expected to be northern England and northern parts of Wales, the Met Office said.
Police and fire services up and down the country have already reported road closures because of uprooted trees.
The Met Office recorded a gust of wind in Aberdaron, in west Wales, of 109mph early this morning - with general wind speeds of between 60mph and 80mph expected in the UK.
Dublin Airport tweeted that it has had to divert six planes because of strong winds.
The Environment Agency (EA) is warning of more “significant disruption” across southern England, saying: “It is possible that heavy rain may worsen the current flooding situation in some areas with rivers responding quickly to rain falling on already saturated ground.”
The rain will exacerbate ongoing river flooding across the Somerset Levels, River Severn, River Thames and River Ouse in Cambridgeshire and rivers across Essex, as well as along the River Medway and the Kentish Stour around Ashford and Canterbury.
There are 52 flood warnings and 157 flood alerts in place, but the EA said the number of alerts may increase as rivers respond to the further band of rainfall.
It comes after more than 43,000 people were left without power following Monday night’s storm and around 1,200 properties were flooded in England.
Lara Gunn, a forecaster for MeteoGroup, said the latest weather system is pushing in from the west overnight resulting in widespread rain of up to an inch and forceful winds of up to 80mph along the coast and up to 60mph inland.
“Almost everywhere will be affected by the widespread gales and rain but it will clear throughout the morning,” she said.
The storm is expected to cause fresh travel problems for airlines, train operators and bus companies as well as for drivers returning to work or home following the Christmas break.