Storm Eunice: Reporter get soak during live broadcast
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A total of 102 flood alerts and three warnings are in effect on Saturday in England and Wales. Three flood warnings are in effect in England, with none in Wales, for the weekend after Eunice from the Met Office and Environment Agency (EA).
The areas affected include Bosham and West Itchenor; Climping; and River Severn at the Showground and The Quarry, Shrewsbury.
Along the River Severn, the warning states: “River levels are forecast to rise at the Welshbridge river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall.
“Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland is possible from 06:00 tomorrow, 19/02/22. We expect flooding to affect offices at the showground and Gravel Hill Lane.
“Predicted peak at Welshbridge 3.0m to 3.3m on Saturday evening. We expect river levels to remain high for several days.”
Stourport, Holt Fleet, Worcester, Kempsey, Severn Stoke, Upton upon Severn, South Quay, Diglis Parade and the Hylton Road towpath all look set to be affected by the floods in the Severn.
Across the south of the UK, there are a total of 102 flood alerts, with England at 79 and Wales with 23.
In a relief to wind-battered residents, the EA said Eunice did “not result in the significant impact initially forecast” on river levels for the Severn and Wye.
Government officials on Friday night also told the Telegraph: Of the nine severe flood warnings, all have been downgraded.
“We still have around 50 flood warnings and some flood alerts. The Environment Agency is still warning the public to be very careful and stay away from the coast.”
It comes as yellow warnings have been issued through Saturday and Sunday from the Met Office.
Saturday has a yellow wind warning in effect from 6am to 6pm, which said: “A short-lived area of strong winds looks likely to track quickly eastwards across southern parts of England and Wales on Saturday, accompanied by a spell of heavy rain.
“The strongest winds are expected through the Bristol Channel and along the south coast of England with gusts of 60 mph likely here, and 40 to 50 mph inland.
“The winds themselves could cause minor disruption; but given the expected impact from Storm Eunice on Friday, these conditions on Saturday may hamper any clear-up operations.”
Steve Ramsdale, Met Office Chief Meteorologist, said the weekend will feature ongoing winds and rains, albeit weaker less impactful than Storm Eunice.
He said: “Winds will decrease from their exceptionally high levels on Friday, but there’s a continued wet and windy theme for many through the weekend.
“The south will see wet and windy conditions on Saturday, before areas to the north and west, including Northern Ireland, see some more potentially disruptive conditions on Sunday.
“Weather warnings have been issued but should be checked throughout the weekend for any ongoing updates.”
Maps from WXCharts also show that from midnight on Sunday, an Atlantic front of rain begins to push westwards in the UK, with Northern Ireland soaking overnight in 3mm an hour.
Snow will buffet much of Scotland overnight, with 18cm an hour in Fort William and 6cm an hour in Glasgow.
Moving into Sunday morning, Scotland snow will turn to rain as much of the UK is set to soak.
By midday, some of Scotland and the southeast of England will see clearer skies but a majority of the UK will see 3mm an hour rainfall.
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