UK weather: Month of rain to fall tonight with flooding to leave communities cut off

UK weather: Month of rain to fall tonight with flooding to leave communities cut off

Forecasters have issued yellow weather warnings as thunderstorms, violent gales and 80mm of rain is set to fall over the weekend. The torrent of horrendous weather is expected to cut off power to some villages and see terrifying flash floods up and down the country. Met Office forecaster Becky Mitchell said: “There’s going to be a lot of rain in Scotland and Northern England.

“Some parts of Scotland could see as much as 80mm, as well as thunderstorms. We’re also going to have really strong wind in coastal areas – we’ve already recorded gusts of 64mph.”

Meteorologist Bonnie Diamond added: “There has been a lot of rain over the last 24 hours with more heavy showers to come on the way today and tomorrow.

“So we will certainly see an impact in terms of localised flooding, difficult driving conditions and transport delays.”

Just last week, residents living near the Whaley Bridge Dam were evacuated from their homes after the dam, putting the lives of residents in danger and prompting a mass evacuation of the area. 

The dam has since been temporarily restored with sandbags while new Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited the area to speak to residents and businesses in the Derbyshire village.

Residents have since been allowed back but the dam is yet to be repaired. 

Mr Johnson said grants would be made available to flood-hit communities. 

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for most of the nation.

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The Sun reports Cumbria saw 38.6mm of rain, which amounted to more than half of England’s August 69mm average.

Gwent in Wales recorded 34.8mm of rainfall, which amounted to a third of the country’s 107mm average for August. 

The Environment Agency warned people to “stay away from swollen rivers” and not to drive through flood water as “just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car”.

The agency also reminded the British public to use Google Search to check for flood warnings in their areas.

The warns come as floods brought many train lines to a standstill, which is expected to continue with reports of more bad weather during this weekend’s weather washout.

Heavy rain and tumultuous weather conditions are causing travel chaos as train operators have been forced to shut lines, including the one connecting Scotland to England.

This means until rain stops, England and Scotland have been cut off from one another. 

Network rail confirmed Scotland have said the West Coast mainline between Scotland and England has been closed due to flooding on the tracks between Carlisle and Lockerbie. 

The company said it could take until the evening to resolve the issue.

Published at Sat, 10 Aug 2019 23:03:00 +0000