Published On: Mon, Oct 5th, 2020

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Heavy rain and strong winds will continue to batter the UK even after Storm Alex moved on to the continent. The new warnings apply to the southwest Midlands and southern England, and areas of Fife and Moray in Scotland.

The first warning reads: “A band of rain will become slow moving and heavy across Wales, the West Midlands and into western parts of southern England.

“This is likely to bring flooding and some disruption to travel.”

“Many places will see 25 to 50 mm of rainfall (one to two inches), with totals of 70 to 90 mm (2.7 to 3.5 inches) expected over higher ground of Wales and southwest England as well as the potential for over 120 mm (4.7 inches) in some of the most exposed high ground of Snowdonia and Exmoor.

“The unusual wind direction associated with the rainfall will mean that the peak rainfall totals are likely to occur in some areas that are usually well sheltered and drier during unsettled spells of weather.”

The second warning for Scotland will see the heavier rain restricted to higher ground.

The Met Office said: “An area of rain is expected to move into Scotland from the east on Saturday morning and persist though to Sunday before clearing westwards.

“This will bring widely 40 to 70 mm (1.5 to 2.7 inches) of rain to this area with over 120 mm (4.7 inches) likely over the high ground and to flooding and travel disruption – particularly across parts of Aberdeenshire and Angus.”

Scotland’s amber warning is in place for 12 hours – from 6pm Sunday to 6am today.

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“The unusual wind direction associated with the rainfall will mean that the peak rainfall totals are likely to occur in some areas that are usually well sheltered and drier during unsettled spells of weather.”

Deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, Laura Ellam, issued a warning about tree leaves and debris potentially blocking drains and causing floods.

She said: “At this time of year, trees are in full leaf and drains can become blocked from tree debris – with many places seeing 25-50mm of rain and around 70-90mm over high ground, there is a heightened risk of flooding and very difficult driving conditions this weekend.

“In areas with Amber warnings, such as Snowdonia, Exmoor and eastern Scotland, over 100mm of rain could fall over the weekend – this is likely to lead to significant impacts from flooding.”



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