Wednesday, 21 Oct 2020

Fears of flooding as Met Office issues severe weather warning

The Met Office has warned of heavy rain and flooding just days after Storm Alex battered the UK.

A 12 hour yellow weather warning applies to Wales and parts of the West Midlands and the North West of England.

Britons have been warned that heavy rain between 9pm tonight and 9am means homes and businesses are likely to be flooded.

Commuters have been warned to prepare for transport delays while drivers are urged to take extra caution on wet and slippery roads.

It comes days after Storm Alex caused havoc in parts of the UK, with ‘danger to life’ amber weather warnings put in place in Wales, the West Midlands, South West England and parts of Scotland.

Some places in Somerset and Hampshire have already had more than a month’s worth of rainfall in 42 hours.

In Billericay, Essex, a family of four had to be rescued by firefighters from a road on Saturday morning after their car became trapped in floodwater, while police forces across the country issued warnings to drivers after a number of crashes on waterlogged roads.

However, washout weather across the country didn’t stop revellers from hitting pubs and bars in Newcastle, Liverpool, London, Leeds and Manchester before the 10m curfew time.

Partygoers were pictured with their handbags and coats over their heads as they braved the grim weather over the weekend.

The impact of Storm Alex was more devastating on the continent, with four people killed in France and at least three in Italy, authorities said yesterday.

Houses and bridges were swept away in some regions after what was described as ‘historic’ levels of rainfall.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex warned the situation is so bad ‘there are very many people of whom we have no news.’

Bernard Gonzalez, prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes region, attempted to reassure the public: ‘Just because their loved ones haven’t been able to get in touch doesn’t mean that they have been taken by the storm.’

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