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UK weather: Heavy rain to fall on parts of the country days after Storm Babet left at least seven people dead | UK News

A fresh deluge of rain is set to fall on parts of the UK days after Storm Babet caused widespread flooding and left seven people dead.

The warning for “heavy rain” will be in place between 3am and 4pm today.

It covers a vast swathe of England already hit by flooding and could lead to further floods in the East Midlands, including Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, as well as much of Yorkshire, including Sheffield, Leeds and York, and Humberside.

The Met Office has said there is a “small chance” homes and businesses could be flooded.

The forecaster has also warned that fast-flowing or deep floodwater could cause a danger to life and that some communities will be cut off by flooded roads.

It comes after the flood risk in England and Wales remained at medium yesterday as the number of dead from Storm Babet rose to at least seven people.

Yellow weather warning in place for Tuesday Pic: Met Office
Yellow weather warning in place for Tuesday Pic: Met Office

Rachel Ayers, Met Office meteorologist, said a few places, most likely Lincolnshire and Humberside, could see 30 to 50mm of rain, while southern England and Wales could experience 10 to 20mm.

She said there will be “some respite” across Scotland on Tuesday after its battering by the storm.

“The weather we are seeing on Tuesday is no longer associated with Storm Babet,” Ms Ayers said.

“We will see some heavy rain in areas affected by flooding during Storm Babet though the worst impacted areas in Scotland will remain mostly dry on Tuesday.”

She continued: “Within the warning area we could see some travel disruption due to spray and flooding on roads.

“There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life, or that some communities could be cut off due to flooded roads.”

Hundreds left homeless after storm

Reports of floods to the Environment Agency (EA) reached the highest level since 2015/16 at the peak of the storm, Rebecca Pow, an environment minister, told the House of Commons on Monday.

The EA issued more than 300 flood warnings and received more than 1,800 calls to its flood line, she said.

Hundreds of people have been left homeless in the wake of Storm Babet, with about 1,250 properties in England flooded, according to the EA.

Ms Pow said investigations are expected.

A total of 13 areas broke their daily rainfall records for October last week, including sites in Suffolk, South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Wiltshire, Kincardineshire, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Northumberland, Derbyshire and Humberside, the Met Office said.

Meanwhile, Environment Secretary Therese Coffey visited flood-hit Retford in Nottinghamshire on Monday and said residents were asking “why stuff hasn’t happened” since the last major floods in 2007.

She told Sky News: “[Since 2007], between 2015 and 2021 we’ve invested £2.6bn in flood defences right across the country, that was over 300,000 homes. We’re partway through a programme of spending a further £5.2 billion over a six-year time period.”

Ms Coffey added that it may take “several months” for some people to move back into their homes after the flooding.

She said: “But let’s see what we can do to try and speed some of that along and that’s why our officials have already been in touch with insurers and similar.”

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Members of the emergency services help local residents to safety in Brechin, Scotland, as Storm Babet batters the country
Members of the emergency services help local residents to safety in Brechin, Scotland, as Storm Babet battered the country

Tragedies throughout storm area

The number of deaths rose on Monday as police recovered the body of a man after reports that a person was trapped in a vehicle in floodwater near Marykirk, Aberdeenshire, on Friday.

Police Scotland said that formal identification is still to take place, however next of kin have been informed.

On Saturday, 83-year-old Maureen Gilbert was found dead in her flooded home in Tapton Terrace, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Mrs Gilbert’s neighbours said five feet of water had engulfed the inside of their properties “within minutes” of the River Rother bursting its banks.

The scene in Rotherham where homes have been evacuated
The scene in Rotherham where homes were evacuated

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Storm Babet: Son finds mother’s body

Wendy Taylor, 57, also died after being swept into the Water of Lee, Glen Esk, on Thursday.

Mrs Taylor was described as “the beloved wife, best friend and soulmate in life to George, mother to James, Sally and Susanna and Granny to India and George”.

Her family said she was “a ray of sunshine for everyone who was fortunate enough to know her” in a tribute issued through Police Scotland.

Flooding in Midleton, Co Cork caused by Storm Babet
Flooding in Midleton, Co Cork caused by Storm Babet

Two women also died after a five-vehicle crash on the M4 on Friday which is believed to have been weather-related.

Four cars and an HGV were involved in the crash on the eastbound carriageway between junction 17 for Chippenham and junction 18 for Bath.

A 56-year-old driver, John Gillan, died when a tree fell on his van near Forfar in Angus on Thursday and a man in his 60s died after getting caught in fast-flowing floodwater in the town of Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire, on Friday.

Mr Gillan’s family said he was a loving husband, dad, grandad and son.

Storm Babet: Woman who died after being swept into river at Glen Esk named as Wendy Taylor | UK News

A woman who died after being swept into a river during Storm Babet has been named as Wendy Taylor.

The 57-year-old’s body was recovered from the Water of Lee at Glen Esk in Scotland.

She had got into difficulty there on Thursday after heavy rain caused by the storm.

Her family said they were “absolutely heartbroken to lose Wendy in such tragic circumstances”.

“Wendy was a beautiful, kind, funny and caring person. She was a ray of sunshine for everyone who was fortunate enough to know her,” said a statement.

“Wendy was the beloved wife, best friend and soulmate in life to George, mother to James, Sally, and Susanna and granny to India and George.”

Police Scotland attended the river at around 1.45pm on Thursday and her body was recovered at around 4pm.

The force said there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

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Why Storm Babet brought so much rain

Mrs Taylor is one of four people confirmed to have died as a result of Storm Babet, which brought immense rain and devastating flooding across parts of the UK.

Among the other victims is 83-year-old Maureen Gilbert, whose home in Chesterfield was flooded.

Her son told Sky News how he found her body floating in the water at the property.

Elsewhere, a search continues in Aberdeenshire after a report of a man trapped in a vehicle in floodwater.

While the rain has mostly subsided, the Environment Agency has warned major rivers in affected areas, including Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, could be flooded until Tuesday.

Two severe flood warnings are in place around the River Idle, near Retford, meaning risk of death or serious injury.

Train services in parts of Scotland, Yorkshire, and East Anglia also remain disrupted.

Major flooding could continue until Tuesday after Storm Babet, Environment Agency warns | UK News

Flooding from major rivers could continue until Tuesday following Storm Babet, the Environment Agency (EA) has warned.

Despite the worst of the storm now having passed, rivers in North Yorkshire, the Midlands and the South West could continue to overflow, the agency said.

“Ongoing flooding is probable on some larger rivers including the Severn, Ouse and Trent through to Tuesday,” said EA flood duty manager Katharine Smith.

Derby City Council said there were record-breaking water levels in the River Derwent and said the clean-up could take several days.

Pictures gathered by a Sky News team in Rotherham and Catcliffe in South Yorkshire showed cars submerged up to the tops of their doors.

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Why so much rain has fallen on UK

In Scotland, where there was a red weather warning in the east of the country on Saturday, a large number of homes that lost power have been reconnected.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks said it restored power to 36,000 of its customers by 4.45pm on Saturday following a “day of progress” and was making a “final push” to “reconnect the remaining 700 properties”.

The most vulnerable customers are being “spoken to directly and are being offered practical help, support and accommodation where necessary”, it added.

The last remaining Met Office weather warning, for rain, expired at midnight.

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Rugby pitch submerged under floodwater

In the North Sea, off the coast of Aberdeen, a company operating a drilling platform said it had removed non-essential personnel after four of the platform’s eight anchors became detached in severe weather caused by Storm Babet.

Stena Drilling Limited said two coastguard helicopters and a search and rescue helicopter were “mobilised to transfer 45 non-essential personnel from the drilling unit to neighbouring platforms and to Sumburgh on the Shetland Islands”.

The Stena Spey platform remains secure and stable, the company added.

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A car on a bridge washed away near Dundee
A car on a bridge washed away near Dundee

In London, King’s Cross station was closed on Saturday afternoon to “manage passenger numbers”.

Managers said it was because Storm Babet had brought “severe disruption to the rail network”.

A retired man with Parkinson’s disease said there was a “high chance of a crush” during overcrowding at the central London terminal.

John Hinson, 61, from North Ferriby in East Yorkshire, said people were “crashing against the barrier” as they tried to reach their trains.

“It was just so dangerous,” he said.

UK weather: Red warning in place for third day as train operators urge people not to travel during Storm Babet | UK News

Storm Babet is continuing to batter the UK – with another red “danger to life” warning in place for parts of eastern Scotland and four severe flood warnings across England and Wales.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland have had warnings in place since Babet first hit on Wednesday, but eastern Scotland has suffered the worst of the storm which has left three people dead.

Train operators around the UK have advised customers not to travel due to widespread disruption following the storm.

Meanwhile, thousands remain without power as the adverse conditions continue.

A rare red weather warning is in place for parts of eastern Scotland for a third day on Saturday, with the country’s First Minister Humza Yousaf to warn: “We have not seen the last of this.”

Mr Yousaf has also posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, to urge people to heed the red weather warning and evacuate if instructed.

It comes as an amber warning for rain, meaning “extensive flooding to homes and businesses is possible”, is in place for parts of northeast Scotland covering Aberdeen and Cromarty.

The red warning is in place until 6pm.

Read more: Full list of warnings – follow live storm updates

Meanwhile, the Environment Agency has issued three severe “risk to life” flood warnings around the River Derwent in Derbyshire.

They are the highest level of warning and are in place at Derby City Water Treatment Works, Little Chester, Eastgate and Cattle Market, as well as Racecourse Park at Chaddesden.

There were 282 flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected, and 220 flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, across England as of 12 noon on Saturday.

The fourth severe flood warning has been issued for the River Severn at the village of Llandrinio, nearly Welshpool, in northern wales.

It also covers isolated properties in the Severn-Vyrnwy confluence area including Hendre Lane, Haughton and Haimwood.

Wales had eight further flood warnings in place as well as 14 flood alerts as of 12 noon on Saturday.

In the northeast of England a yellow weather warning for wind, meaning there was a small chance of fast-flowing or deep floodwater, was in place until midday.

The warnings in place for Saturday
The warnings in place for Saturday

Train operators urge people not to travel

It comes as London North Eastern Railway (LNER), Avanti West Coast and Northern Rail have all warned against travelling as lines are widely flooded.

LNER has said there is “an extremely limited service” in place due to flooding between Doncaster and Wakefield.

The service has also been impacted by speed restrictions in Scotland and trains and crews being out of position after extensive disruption on Friday.

There are no LNER services north of Edinburgh on Saturday and rail replacement services are not available because of road closures.

The train operator said remaining services may be subject to short-notice cancellations.

A man uses his homemade boat to rescue elderly residents from their home in the village of Debenham, Suffolk
A man uses his homemade boat to rescue elderly residents from their home in the village of Debenham, Suffolk

Members of the emergency services help local residents to safety in Brechin, Scotland, as Storm Babet batters the country. Flood warnings are in place in Scotland, as well as parts of northern England and the Midlands. Thousands were left without power and facing flooding from "unprecedented" amounts of rain in east Scotland, while Babet is set to spread into northern and eastern England on Friday. Picture date: Friday October 20, 2023.
A woman is helped to safety in Brechin, Scotland

Northern Rail said all lines between Cheadle Hulme and Wilmslow are blocked due to damage to the overhead electric wires.

Services are also not able to run from Sheffield to Nottingham or Lincoln due to flooding.

Trains are also unable to travel between Leeds and Doncaster, Harrogate and Bradford.

The line between Newcastle and Morpeth is also closed due to viaduct damage, Northern Rail added.

Avanti West Coast has said its services are also severely disrupted and it has asked customers to not travel between Crewe and North Wales and that people should only travel between Preston and Glasgow or Edinburgh if absolutely necessary.

Thousands still without power

The Energy Networks Association said around 100,000 customers had been affected by power cuts due to Storm Babet but as of Saturday morning 96% had been reconnected, leaving 4,000 still without power.

Around 55,000 people were left without power on Friday as a result of the storm.

Some 45,000 people were reconnected to the grid as of the evening, the Energy Networks Association said.

A man with a dog sits on dinghy as emergency services assist in the evacuation of people from their homes in Brechin
A man with a dog sits on dinghy as emergency services assist in the evacuation of people from their homes in Brechin

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River turns into raging torrent as Storm Babet hits.

Babet leaves three people dead

A man in his 60s died after getting caught in fast-flowing flood water in the town of Cleobury Mortimer in Shropshire on Friday.

Police Scotland previously said a falling tree hit a van near Forfar in Angus on Thursday evening, killing the 56-year-old driver.

A 57-year-old woman also died on Thursday after being swept into a river in Angus.

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Residents in tears as severe floods hit Brechin

The council in Angus said it was in uncharted territory dealing with “extreme and really challenging conditions” on Friday – with people rescued from 60 homes in and around Brechin.

The village of Edzell was completely cut off with no emergency access except via helicopter, the council said.

Meanwhile, a major search was under way following reports of a man trapped in a vehicle in floodwater in Aberdeenshire.

Police Scotland said the alarm was raised at 3am on Friday near the village of Marykirk.

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Plane skids off runway at Leeds Bradford Airport

It comes as the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) warned a second major river could breach in the country on Saturday.

Aberdeenshire Council has said the latest SEPA modelling indicates a considerable risk of flooding on the River Don at Inverurie, Kemnay and Kintore between 10am and 2pm.

Hundreds of homes in Scotland have already been flooded after the River South Esk breached its banks

Leeds Bradford Airport has said it is “working hard to reopen” at 2pm today and has urged people not to travel to the terminal before that point. The airport closed on Friday after high winds forced a passenger plane to skid off a runway.

Tui customers who were due to travel from Leeds Bradford on Saturday are being directed to Manchester Airport, the airline has said.

UK weather: Storm Babet forces evacuations in red alert area of Brechin due to floods | UK News

All residents have been told to leave the town of Brechin in Angus due to flooding from Storm Babet.

A severe flood warning is set to be put in place for the Brechin River and South Esk area, Angus Council has said.

Those in the affected areas should leave their homes.

The council will be going door to door shortly.

It comes as severe weather warnings are in place in parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland as Storm Babet sweeps the UK.

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A workman clears the drains in the village of Edzell, Scotland, ahead of Storm Babet
A workman clears the drains in the village of Edzell in Angus

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UK weather: Storm Babet to bring heavy rain and strong winds to UK as Met Office issues warning | Weather News

Storm Babet is set to hit the UK this week, bringing heavy rain and strong winds, with “significant and widespread disruption” possible in Scotland.

The Met Office said the storm, named on Monday, is forecast to bring “impactful heavy rain” to the UK from Wednesday.

Strong winds will accompany the storm.

There is a “chance of extremely heavy rain to cause flooding and disruption” – as well as “strong south-easterly winds”, which would “exacerbate” any impacts, the forecaster added.

A yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office for central and eastern Scotland, where some “exceptional” rainfall levels could build up over two or three days.

Check the latest five-day forecast where you are

Yellow rain warnings are in place from 6am on Thursday until midnight on Saturday, mainly in the Grampian region.

Scotland saw heavy flooding last week with major travel disruption and 10 people airlifted to safety after extreme rainfall caused multiple landslides.

Deputy chief meteorologist Steven Keates said the rain forecast for Scotland later this week could fall on ground “already saturated after recent heavy rainfall”.

“This could lead to some significant and widespread disruption,” he said.

The Met Office said the worst of the rain was expected over higher ground and further warnings would likely be issued later in the week.

Sky News meteorologist Chris England said: “Gusty winds will bring a risk of severe gales to parts of northern and eastern Scotland, especially to the lee of the mountains.”

He added that while there is the chance of localised flooding, details are uncertain at this point.

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The rest of the UK will see a change to “milder but much more unsettled conditions from midweek”, he said, with strong winds and prolonged heavy rain expected across much of the country.

Storm Babet is the second named storm of the season, after Storm Agnes swept through the UK and Ireland in late September.

Storms are named when they are deemed to have the potential to cause ‘medium’ or ‘high’ impacts.