The Met Office has issued warnings after the extreme weather is expected to hit parts of the UK. Warnings for wind and snow are in place across northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and two flood warnings have been issued in the West Midlands. The turbulent weather has the potential to be named Storm Gladys, making it the fourth storm named after Storm Dudley, Eunice and Franklin.
Yesterday a yellow warning for wind was in place for parts of northeast England, Cumbria, North Yorkshire and parts of Scotland from 6am to 3pm. A second yellow warning is in place until 3pm today for parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland with 10 cm of snow and 70mph winds are expected to hit parts of the coast.
The environment agency is warning people to expect flooding following Storm Franklin especially those along the Rivers Severn and Ouse. Severe flood warnings have been issued meaning there is a danger to life where it is feared levels could over top defences.
As Storm Eunice ripped across the country last week with 122 mph winds, 1.4 million were left without power and four people died. Dudley and Franklin also left millions of households without electricity, some for up to 72 hours. Speaking to The Independent, Katharine Smith, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, warned that people may face significant flooding in the coming days.
She said: “We are still facing a significant flooding risk, and we are urging people to remain vigilant and take extreme care.Heavy rain, affecting already wet areas, is likely to cause significant river flooding along the River Severn over the next few days. So far we have received reports of around 400 properties having flooded over the past few days. Our thoughts go out to all those affected – flooding can and does have a devastating impact on people’s lives.
“We have teams out on the ground taking preventative action, closing flood gates, deploying temporary barriers and moving pumps and other response equipment to areas of highest risk. Environment Agency defences have protected more than 40,000 properties despite record river levels. We advise 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.”
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Met Office predictions for today say: “Rain, heavy in places, with risk of some sleet, across southern areas clearing during the morning, then all parts cold and windy with sunny intervals and squally wintry showers. Some heavy snow showers and isolated thunderstorms in the north.”
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