Lethal flood risk from 3pm TODAY: Met Office warns of ‘unbelievable’ deluge
The deluge begins! ‘Unbelievable’ life-threatening FOOT of rain starts to swamp parts of northwest England with rivers already raging and 36 hours of torrential downpours still to come
- Cumbria is being lashed with ‘persistent and heavy rain’, which is not likely to ease until Thursday night
- The Met Office issued an amber warning for the region, as well as for Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland
- Up to 12 inches (300mm) expected to fall in Cumbria, which typically sees an average of 6.3inches in October
Torrential downpours started to hit the north-west of England and parts of Scotland tonight, with the rain expected to move south and arrive in London from Friday.
Cumbria is being lashed with ‘persistent and heavy rain’, which is not likely to ease until Thursday night, the Met Office said as it issued an amber warning for the region.
Up to a foot of rain (300mm) is expected to fall in parts of the county, which typically sees an average of 6.3inches (160mm) in October.
‘In a 24-hour period you could see a month’s worth of rain,’ Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said, describing the weather as ‘notable’.
‘The rainfall total is much higher than the average rainfall for this time of year, definitely, and in general, for any time of year it’s a lot of rainfall in a short period of time,’ she added.
Dumfries and Galloway in south-west Scotland are also being battered by downpours, lasting until 9am on Thursday.
The Met Office said there could be a ‘danger to life from fast-flowing or deep floodwater’.
The amber alerts also warn of potential damage to homes and businesses from flooding, dangerous driving conditions and travel disruption.
Communities could be cut off by flooded roads and face power cuts, according to the service.
Videos showed the lethal gushing rivers in Cumbria this evening, after forecasters warned that flooding was 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.
The flood warnings issued for Cumbria and Scotland today and tomorrow mean that residents should move vehicles to higher ground and move themselves, their pets and important belongings upstairs in their homes. There could also be disruption to travel.
The Met Office warned: ‘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.’
Torrential downpours started to hit the north-west of England and parts of Scotland tonight – before rain is set to move south and arrive in London from Friday. Above: Borrowdale in Cumbria This evening
The Met Office earlier said an ‘unbelievable’ 10inches of rain was expected to fall within the next 36 hours and has issued an amber warning – meaning that downpours could cause ‘flooding and disruption’ – for Cumbria. Above: The fast-flowing river in Borrowdale, Cumbria, this evening
The Environment Agency issued four flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected, as well as 15 flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, with the number expected to rise significantly as rain falls overnight.
Ben Lukey, flood duty manager at the government department, said: ‘A slow-moving band of heavy and persistent rain could bring surface water and river flooding and disruption to travel, to communities in Cumbria and parts of the north of England from today (Wednesday) through to Friday and Saturday.
‘Working with our partners in local resilience forums, Environment Agency teams have been out on the ground clearing waste grilles and screens, and stand ready to operate flood defences if needed.
‘They are also ready to support local authorities in their response to surface water flooding.
‘We are urging residents and visitors, especially holidaymakers in the Lake District, to stay alert and check their flood risk by signing up for free flood warnings on the Gov.uk website and via @EnvAgency on Twitter, which offer the latest updates.’
Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said residents should ‘be alert to the dangers of flood water’.
‘Never enter flood water on foot or in a vehicle. Call 999 if life is at risk – we’re here to help,’ the service tweeted.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) tweeted: ‘Heavy & persistent rain across southern Scotland overnight into Thursday is likely to lead to river & surface water flooding in eastern Dumfries & Galloway & western Scottish Borders – expect flooding of low-lying land & travel disruption.’
The agency issued seven flood warnings and three flood alerts.
Network Rail said speed limits and reduced services would be in place on some routes between Wednesday and Friday, with disruption to the West Coast Mainline.
Passengers travelling between Glasgow or Edinburgh and Carlisle are being advised to travel only if the journey is ‘absolutely necessary’.
Liam Sumpter, Network Rail Scotland route director, said: ‘Extreme rainfall can pose a serious risk to the railway, causing landslips or damaging our infrastructure and bridges.
Fast-flowing waters were filmed on the River Kent in Kendal, Cumbria, on Wednesday evening as the rain continued to fall. Twitter user Stuart Atkinson said: ‘The river Kent in Kendal tonight… Already raging… And a day and a half more rain to come down yet…’
There are amber warnings in place for rain in Cumbria and east of Dumfries in Scotland, with yellow warnings also in force
‘The safety of our passengers and colleagues is our main priority during periods of poor weather, and slowing services down and running fewer trains will help us manage these conditions for everyone.’
The rain lashing the UK is due to a stream of warm moist air that has moved up from the tropics, Ms Shuttleworth said.
On Thursday, south-west England and Wales are forecast to be hit, with a yellow weather warning for rain across much of Wales until Friday afternoon.
Some disruption is expected, particularly in the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia, though not as widespread or impactful as other affected areas of the UK, according to the Met Office.
The warnings issued in Cumbria cover the town of Keswick and the village of Grasmere, near the River Rothay.
Amber alerts also cover parts of Cumbria, including areas near the Cocker, Marron and Derwent rivers, where water levels have risen sharply.
In the town of Cockermouth, which suffered horrendous flooding in 2009, sandbags have been delivered to the library.
However, the Cockermouth Emergency Response Group earlier said river levels are lower than had been initially forecast.
Fast-flowing waters were filmed on the River Kent in Kendal, Cumbria, on Wednesday evening as the rain continued to fall.
Twitter user Stuart Atkinson said: ‘The river Kent in Kendal tonight… Already raging… And a day and a half more rain to come down yet…’
Yellow warnings are also in place for most of Wales and from Burnley and Lancaster up to Carlisle on Friday.
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
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
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
It comes a week after parts of Britain were hit by major flooding 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.
Rain is se to hit the capital from Friday and will continue over the weekend: Pictured: Scenes of flooding in Bermondsey, in south-east London, last week after heavy rain the night before
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.
Published at Wed, 27 Oct 2021 22:16:19 +0000