UK Flood Alert: More Heavy Flooding this weekend for Great Britain / UK News

The UK is set for more bad weather this weekend with South and west Wales and the West Country bearing the brunt of it.

A Land Rover is driven past a car and bus stranded in flood waters from the River Soar near Mountsorrel, central England November 23, 2012.

A Land Rover is driven past a car and bus stranded in flood waters from the River Soar near Mountsorrel, central England November 23, 2012.

The UK is set for more bad weather this weekend with South and west Wales and the West Country bearing the brunt of it.

A deep area of low pressure is set to move in over the weekend, bringing more heavy rain to areas already badly hit by Thursday’s downpours.

Sky weather producer Joanna Robinson said: “England and Wales could see 15 to 25mm quite widely, with up to 50mm possible in some spots.”

The Environment Agency has issued more than 50 flood warnings and over 150 less serious flood alerts.

South and west Wales and the West Country will be worst affected. Strong winds and possible severe gales are expected on Saturday night and Sunday morning,

“There’s still some uncertainty about where the strongest winds will be, but it looks like southern counties of England will bear the brunt, with exposed parts seeing gusts up to 70mph,” said Robinson.

TAUNTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21:  A train waits to pass along flooded track close to the village of North Curry on November 21, 2012 near Taunton, England. Heavy rain overnight has brought widespread disruption to many parts of the UK particularly in the Somerset and Wiltshire and weather forecasters have warned of more wet and windy weather to come.

TAUNTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: A train waits to pass along flooded track close to the village of North Curry on November 21, 2012 near Taunton, England. Heavy rain overnight has brought widespread disruption to many parts of the UK particularly in the Somerset and Wiltshire and weather forecasters have warned of more wet and windy weather to come.

The risk of flooding is increased as many areas are alreadt saturated by the persistent rainfall earlier in the week.

The AA’s head of special operations, Darron Burness, said: “With more heavy rain forecast across the Midlands, Wales and the South West, road conditions in the affected areas are likely to only get worse as the ground is so saturated.

“Even if you think you know your local roads, don’t be complacent, as flash-flooding continues to be a real risk and is catching people out.”

Meanwhile, Network Rail said trains were likely to be suspended between Exeter and Bristol until Monday.

The majority of the UK was battered by storms on Thursday leaving hundreds of drivers stranded and thousands of homes without power. More than 100 people had to be evacuated as winds reached more than 86mph.

An elderly man died after becoming trapped in his 4×4 in floods in Chew Stoke in Somerset.

In Torquay, Devon, several homes were evacuated after a landslide. Part of a cliff face was hit by a landslip after netting was washed away.

A monkey at a sanctuary in Looe, Cornwall had to be resuscitated after falling ill due to the bad weather. The illness to one-year-old Pepper was the latest setback for Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary affter it suffered serious flood damage on Thursday.

 

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