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Sunday, December 29, 2013
Forecasters are predicting strong gusts of wind in our region by dawn tomorrow with winds touching gale force on the coast on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
But our region is set to miss the worst of the weather.
The latest storm pushing in from the Atlantic is due to arrive in the west tonight before spreading north-eastwards overnight, causing disruption in the morning.
The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning over fears of severe gales of up to 80mph affecting Wales and the south west and southern England.
George Goodfellow, a forecaster for MeteoGroup, said: “Normally, we would say this is a typical winter storm but because we’re still recovering from a string of other storms it is likely to cause more disruption and flooding.”
He said the south west will continue to bear the brunt of the storm.
And the unsettled weather looks set to continue into the new year after the Met Office issued a severe weather warning for rain on New Year’s Day, affecting southern England and western Scotland.
Some 1,300 properties have been flooded during the recent storms in England, the Environment Agency (EA) said.
The EA has warned the predicted rainfall meant there is a “continued heightened flood risk” across southern England, especially south west England where river levels remain high and the ground is already saturated.
Large rivers such as the Thames, Severn and Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire are most at risk of flooding, while high water levels on the River Medway and Stour in Kent will cause continued flooding and travel disruption, the EA said.
Some 69 flood alerts and six more serious flood warnings remain in place across the country.