Potentially lethal flooding is set to hit parts of the UK today with an ‘unbelievable’ 10inches of rain expected to fall ‘within the next 36 hours’, weather experts warn.
An amber alert has been issued for parts of Scotland and the north-west of England ahead of a huge downpour expected this evening.
Weather experts warn fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely and could ’cause a danger to life’. As much as 10inches (250mm) of rain is expected to fall within the next two days, according to Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna.
He described the amount of rain forecast to fall as ‘unbelievable’. Lead BBC Weather presenter Simon King also took to Twitter to warn that one month’s worth of rain could fall in the next two days – adding that flooding is a ‘big concern’.
And while Londoners and those in the south of England will avoid Met Office weather warnings in the coming days, rain is still on the way from Friday, with the weekend set to be a wash-out in the capital.
Alongside a possible risk to life, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s amber alert, which covers Cumbria and parts of the Dumfries and Galloway area of Scotland, also warns of homes and businesses being flooded and disruption to travel.
The Met Office warns: ‘Persistent and heavy rain is likely to bring flooding and transport disruption. (There will be) spray and flooding probably leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures. Delays and some cancellations to train and bus services are likely.’
Potentially lethal flooding is set to hit parts of the UK today with an ‘unbelievable’ 10inches of rain expected to fall ‘within the next 36 hours’, weather experts warn
Weather experts warn fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely and could ’cause a danger to life’. As much as 10inches (250mm) of rain is expected to fall within the next two days, according to Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna
The amber warning for Cumbria is in place from 3pm today until midnight. The warning for southern Scotland is in place from 9pm today until 9am tomorrow. Both warnings are followed by amber warnings on Thursday, which are in place until Friday morning.
They are also being run alongside yellow warnings for larger parts of Cumbria and the south of Scotland.
The yellow warnings, which cover the city of Carlisle and the town of Dumfries, warn of a ‘small chance of flooding’, disruption to travel and a possible ‘danger to life’.
Yellow warnings are also in place for most of Wales and from Burnley and Lancaster up to Carlisle on Friday.
According to the Met Office’s most recent forecast for today: ‘(There will be) Rain, heavy and persistent on hills, affecting southern Scotland, northern England and perhaps north Wales is likely to lead to some flooding in places.
The amber warning for Cumbria is in place from 3pm today until midnight. The warning for southern Scotland is in place from 9pm today until 9am tomorrow
‘Mostly dry to the north and in the south and east. Staying windy and very mild. (Tonight there will be) Further rain, heavy on hills, affecting southern Scotland, northern England and Wales. Mostly dry to the north and south of here. Windy and mild or very mild.’
For Thursday, the forecast says: ‘(There will be a) Band of rain, heavy on hills, sinking slowly southeast to lie southwest England, Wales to northeast England by evening. Further localised flooding in the west possible. Windy and very mild.’
It comes a week after parts of Britain were hit by major floodingt as heavy rain and strong winds from a storm moving in from France caused chaos and a mini ‘tornado’ smashed through a housing estate.
The low-pressure system named Storm Aurore barrelled along the English Channel across October 20 and 21, bringing more than two inches (50mm) of rain and 77mph winds in the worst-affected areas of the south coast and Channel Islands, while the Scottish Highlands suffered thick snow after temperatures plummeted.
The Met Office said the storm dealt a ‘glancing blow’ to southern England, and emergency services were inundated with Essex Fire Service getting more than 120 calls up until 2.30am regarding flood-related incidents.
Meanwhile in Manchester, footballer Paul Pogba‘s £300,000 Rolls Royce was nearly smashed by a fallen tree as fierce winds hit.
Flooding on the road at Bermondsey in South East London this morning after heavy rain across the capital overnight
Flooded fields near Lingfield in Surrey, after southern England was hit overnight by heavy rain and strong winds from Storm Aurore moving in from France
Paul Pogba’s wife posted an image of his £300k Rolls Royce nearly being hit by a fallen tree at their £2.9m Cheshire mansion
Police and Highways England traffic offices were called to the M26 in Kent last week after flooding hit the area
The Manchester United midfielder’s wife, Maria Zulay Salaues, posted an image of the couple’s car lying in the driveway of their £2.9million Cheshire mansion – with a fallen tree lying inches away from the vehicle.
The Bolivian model, 27, captioned the Instagram story post: ‘This happened last night’ as the image showed Pogba’s Wraith Black Badge motor was just a few yards away from being ruined by the storm.
In the North East, monster waves battered the coast, as walkers were forced to duck to avoid getting wet.
The promenade at Seaburn, in Sunderland, was drenched as huge crests of water broke onto the concrete. Waves up to 50ft high rose and fell dwarfing those taking a stroll along the sea front.
Flooding caused delays across the rail network between Exeter, Salisbury and Tiverton in the South West, and at Belmont in South London. Heavy rain also caused a landslip between Crowborough and Uckfield in East Sussex, and another between Dartford and Gravesend in Kent, causing further misery on the trains.
Much of the South was under by an ‘amber’ warning for rain during the storm, although the most severe impact of was in northern France – where 105mph was recorded at Fécamp in Normandy.