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UK storm set to batter ‘everybody’ in ‘rare’ weather cycle – as forecasters warn of flying debris | UK News

A “very widespread” storm is forecast to hit Britain with strong winds and heavy rain as multiple amber warnings come into force, the Met Office has said.

Storm Isha, the ninth storm since September, is expected to bring winds of up to 80mph, potentially causing power cuts and increased congestion as roads and bridges are likely to be shut, while rail and bus services could face delays and cancellations.

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The Met Office has issued amber weather warnings for wind for northern and western England, Wales, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland from Sunday evening into Monday.

Another warning comes into force across parts of Sussex and Kent from Monday morning.

Forecasters have also warned of large waves and flying debris being blown inland in coastal areas, posing a potential risk to life and damage to buildings.

Yellow warnings for rain and wind are in place for the rest of the country over the next two days, and eight flood warnings are already in place across England.

The heaviest rain is expected today, with 30mm to 50mm in many places and 80mm to 100mm in hillier areas.

Met Office forecaster Ellie Glaisyer said: “The main thing about this storm is it is very widespread across the whole of the UK.

“Quite often we see storms affecting the northwest or the southern half of the UK, whereas this one, later on Sunday and into Monday, the whole of the UK is covered by a warning, which is relatively rare.

“In that nature it’s a very widespread storm and it’s going to be affecting everybody. Heavy rain will affect everybody, those strong winds will affect everybody.

“That’s the main difference to previous storms we have seen.”

 Waves crash against the breakwater at Brighton Marina in Brighton, East Sussex. A weather warning for wind has been issued for parts of England and Wales for New Year's Eve while revellers in other parts of the UK have been urged to pack a rain jacket for the countdown. Picture date: Sunday December 31, 2023.
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Forecasters have warned of large waves and flying debris being blown inland in coastal areas. File pic

Ireland’s Met Eireann also has amber wind warnings in place today and on Monday, with a status red storm warning covering coastal areas in the north of the country.

“A status red severe weather warning is rarely issued but when it is, people in the areas expected to be affected should take action to protect themselves and/or their properties,” the forecaster says on its website.

High winds forced the Severn Bridge to close in both directions for a time overnight, but it has now reopened.

East Midlands Railway said it expected “significant disruption” on Sunday and Monday, while Police Scotland advised people to avoid unnecessary travel.

Ms Glaisyer said: “Anybody driving on Sunday evening and through Monday should be wary of water on the roads, lots of spray, perhaps some branches and trees may have fallen over causing roads to be blocked.

“There’s some large waves as well that could cause disruption to ferry services and the strong winds could cause some delays to trains and plane travel.”

Warmer weather will accompany the adverse conditions after a week of snow and sub-zero temperatures, with highs of 13C possible today.

However, Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said the strong winds, rain and clouds could overshadow the milder weather so it might not “feel quite so warm”.

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Mr Burkill added: “Temperatures will be on the mild side, lifting as we go through this weekend and staying mild through much of next week.

“There may be some chillier spells but I think that any frost is likely to be isolated if we see any at all.”

From Tuesday afternoon until midday on Wednesday, a yellow wind warning will be in place covering Northern Ireland, north Wales, northern England and much of Scotland.

UK weather: Thousands of homes still without power after Storm Gerrit | UK News

Thousands of homes are still without power after Storm Gerrit wreaked havoc across northern England and Scotland.

The chaotic weather has delivered everything from heavy snow to a damaging tornado, ruining many people’s journeys home from Christmas festivities.

Around 1,500 properties in Scotland are still suffering electricity outages, with people in the northeast and Shetland among the worst affected.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) hopes to restore power to the remaining households on Friday and welfare vans serving hot food and drink will be open to customers in the meantime.

Handout photo courtesy of James Matheson of a flooded road in Cupar, Fife, Scotland. Police Scotland has urged drivers stuck on the A9 due to the effects of Storm Gerrit to remain in their vehicles. Drivers have been asked to stay in their vehicles, keep warm and tune in to local radio or social media where further updates will be provided as soon as possible. It comes as travellers across Scotland endure disruption due to poor weather conditions caused by Storm Gerrit. Picture date: Wednesday D
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A flooded road in Cupar, Fife, this week

‘Absolute disaster’

The storm is also still being felt in northern England and Wales.

Stalybridge, Tameside, and Carrbrook in Greater Manchester are in a “recovery phase”, local authorities have said, after they were hit by a rare tornado that toppled trees and damaged homes.

The freak whirlwind was thought to have been caused by a supercell thunderstorm, and residents said it had left some homes looking like “an absolute disaster”.

Elsewhere, three men died after their 4×4 vehicle was submerged in the River Esk, near Glaisdale.

In Wales, 36,000 properties were left without power after lightning struck in Ceredigion.

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Residents in shock after ‘mini tornado’

Travel disruption set to continue

Storm Gerrit brought chaos to roads, railway lines, airports, and ferry services nationwide earlier in the week – and the disruption isn’t over as the weekend beckons.

The Met Office has said the final days of 2023 will see more strong wind, rain, and snow, though there are no weather warnings in place.

But the Environment Agency has 33 active flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected, covering rivers including the Severn and Ouse.

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Flying through Storm Gerrit in a helicopter

ScotRail, LNER, Avanti West Coast and London Northwestern Railway are among the train companies to have told passengers they should check before travelling in the coming days.

While many lines have reopened since the storm blew through, services could still be suspended or cancelled due to system faults and damage.

The London Euston and Watford Junction lines are not expected to be fully online until the end of Friday, while Welsh train services are expected to be hampered until Monday.

Ferries are also still expecting trouble, with journeys between Dover and France impacted by wind.

Eurostar trains to resume after French strike – as Storm Pia causes more travel disruption | UK News

Travellers heading to Europe should soon be able to resume their journey after a deal was done to end a strike that halted cross-Channel trains.

Thousands were stranded on Thursday when French workers rejected an end-of-year bonus.

Services affected included Eurostar, which runs passenger services from London St Pancras, and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, which runs vehicle-carrying trains from Folkestone.

The disruption started about midday and at least 30 Eurostar trains were cancelled, with many turning back to where they started.

Eurotunnel later said management and trade unions had reached a deal that meant services would “resume progressively this evening and Eurostar tomorrow morning [Friday]”.

Getlink, the company that manages Channel Tunnel infrastructure, said unions wanted three times the €1,000 (£866) bonus they were offered.

The problems came on a day when all services from London Euston were suspended for a time due to overhead line damage near Watford Junction.

Passengers at Euston Station, London, as travellers get an early start to their Christmas journeys ahead of the weekend. Strong winds are disrupting the start of the Christmas getaway for millions of people. Train services across large parts of Britain are being affected by Storm Pia as fallen trees and other debris damage overhead power lines and block tracks. Picture date: Thursday December 21, 2023.
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Passengers were stuck without trains at London Euston

Disruption at London's King's Cross Station
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People were also prevented from going on to platforms at King’s Cross

King’s Cross also had severe delays due to a fallen tree in the Newark area.

Large crowds massed outside the stations and on concourses, staring at their phones and trying to work out alternative routes.

At 4.30pm, Euston said the problem had been fixed and “we are working closely with train operators to get you on the move”.

However some operators, such as London Northwestern, were still reporting disruption on Thursday evening.

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Plane struggles to land in Storm Pia

Storm Pia also disrupted air travel, with some planes diverting from northern airports and British Airways grounding two dozen flights.

Video showed a pilot fighting to land his plane at Birmingham in 50mph crosswinds.

The aircraft was less than 100ft from the tarmac when it was forced to pull up – but it made it down safely on the second try.

Handout photo issued by Network Rail of a 10ft trampoline which was blown onto the main line between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh
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A trampoline was blown on to lines between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh

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Gusts of 115mph were recorded at Cairngorm Summit in the Highlands, while Brizlee Wood, near Alnwick in Northumberland, saw 81mph.

About 40,000 households were affected by electricity outages in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.

But nearly all were reconnected by Thursday evening, said operator Northern Powergrid.

Elsewhere, a man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a tree hit his car in Clifton, Derbyshire. Police in the county said a number of trees had fallen on the road.

Storm Pia, named by Danish forecasters, is set to move towards mainland Europe where its effect is expected to be more severe, said the Met Office.

Storm Ciaran: Flood warnings remain – but rain expected to pass | UK News

Flood warnings remain across England after days of heavy rain, though dryer conditions are forecast in the coming days.

As of 9.30am on Sunday, 41 flood warnings are in place in England (meaning flooding is expected), particularly along the south coast from Weymouth to Bexhill, where heavy rain fell on saturated ground on Saturday.

It comes after Storm Ciaran battered the south coast and the Channel Islands with heavy rain and gusts of up to 104mph on Thursday, leaving nearly 150,000 homes without power.

There are another 159 alerts – warning flooding is possible – with only the North West and far North East unaffected in England, while no active flood warnings are in Scotland.

Showers will mostly be in the western coastal counties on Sunday, with dry and brighter conditions in the east and no weather warnings currently issued.

There were also flood warnings near Godalming in Surrey, for the River Ouse at York and the River Waveney from Diss to Bungay in East Anglia.

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East Sussex and southeast Ken could receive 30-45mm of rainfall according to the Met Office

Other warnings remained on the River Witham near Lincoln, in the area of Marchington in east Staffordshire, and the River Dene at Walton.

There is one flood warning in place in Wales on Sunday morning, according to Natural Resources Wales, with flooding expected along the River Ritec at Tenby, Pembrokeshire.

Alerts that flooding is possible also affect South Pembrokeshire.

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The south of England saw the worst of Storm Ciaran, with strong winds battering coastal areas of Kent, and flooding across parts of Hampshire, Sussex, Devon and Cornwall.

There was also major disruption to the UK’s travel network, with ferries cancelled, roads flooded and bridges closed over concerns about high winds.

Hundreds of schools closed in Hampshire, Southampton, the Isle of Wight and across Devon and Cornwall due to the storm on Thursday, while all schools have closed on the island of Jersey.

UK weather: Heavy rain warning issued – days after Storm Ciaran caused chaos | UK News

A warning for heavy rain and showers is in force across southern England – with more than 200 flood alerts issued nationwide.

The Met Office yellow alert comes days after Storm Ciaran battered the same area with rain, flooding and winds of up to 100mph.

The ground is still saturated in many places, raising the likelihood of travel disruption.

A large swathe of the South – from Cornwall to Kent, and as far as south London – is covered by the warning from 5am on Saturday until midnight.

Up to 40mm (1.57in) of rain is possible.

Spray and flooding could make car journeys tricky – and bus and train services could be affected too, according to the Met Office.

It said large waves could also cause dangerous conditions on some coastal stretches.

A Met Office yellow weather warning for rain is in place across southern England on Saturday
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The warning is in force from 5am on Saturday until midnight. Pic: Met Office

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Chief forecaster Frank Saunders called it “fairly typical autumnal weather” – but rain falling on already sodden ground was partly why the warning had been issued.

However, it’s better news for people heading out for Bonfire Night, with Mr Saunders predicting a “largely dry and settled” Sunday – albeit colder than last week.

Vehicles are driven through a flooded road in Yapton, West Sussex, as Storm Ciaran brings high winds and heavy rain along the south coast of England. The Environment Agency has issued 54 warnings where flooding is expected, and an amber weather warning is in place with winds expected to reach 70mph to 80mph. Picture date: Thursday November 2, 2023.
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A car struggles through a flooded road in Yapton, West Sussex, earlier this week

A wave crashes over Newhaven harbour wall, as Storm Ciaran hits the English coast, in Newhaven, Britain, November 2, 2023. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra
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Newhaven harbour wall in East Sussex, pictured on Thursday

Storm Ciaran was still causing some knock-on problems for the railways on Friday.

LNER, which runs the line between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverley, advised passengers not to travel until Saturday.

Delays and cancellations were expected because trains and staff were out of position due to power failures.

Other operators also warned of disruption as they cleared debris off tracks.

Flood warnings and alerts are in place across the UK. Pic: Environment Agency
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Flood warnings and alerts are also in place across the UK. Pic: Environment Agency

Storm Ciaran had now moved into the North Sea – but its southern edge has caused chaos in parts of Italy.

Official said six people died and two were missing after rivers in Tuscany burst their banks following torrential rain overnight into Friday.

There were fears that Florence could be flooded, but the historic city avoided any major incidents.

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Tuscany hit by flooding after heavy rain

Italian Civil Protection officials said 200mm (7.87in) of rain fell in a three-hour period stretching from Livorno on the western coast to the inland valley of Mugello.

Tuscany’s president, Eugenio Giani, said it had never had so much rain in such a short space of time.

He told Sky TG24 that experts believe it was the worst downpour in 100 years.

“What happened overnight in Tuscany has a clear name: CLIMATE CHANGE,” he wrote on X.

‘Terrifying’ Storm Ciaran leaves cars smashed and homes damaged on Jersey | UK News

It has been a wild 36 hours and everyone on Jersey is talking about it.

They all experienced a storm they were all warned of – but they could never have imagined the scale.

Wandering down a side street, some 200 metres from the coast, there are crumbled remnants of family homes.

Tiles have been blown off roofs, a playground is a mangled mess of bent lamp posts, twisted fences and collapsed bricks from the neighbouring houses.

We count more than 20 windows of homes that’ve been shattered by flying roof tiles and the gale force winds.

Cars with punctured windscreens line the road as if they’ve been deliberately vandalised. The wind did this.

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The smashed windscreen of a car caused by the storm

Roger Iddon has lived here for almost 10 years. His family of five and pet dog are safe but he is in awe of what they survived.

“I thought I was going to die” he says.

He watched Storm Ciaran approach from his bedroom window – and it took seconds to cause damage.

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Tiles have been blown off roofs

“(At one point) the wind stopped blowing and it went calm – but then all of a sudden I saw this wall of debris come at the house and it was like the sound of a jet engine,” Roger says.

“(There was) just a loud deafening roar and then the window started to break in front of me and smash.

“I stood away from it and I could hear the whole house shake and the roof lifting, all the cars getting smashed up. It was just a terrifying 30 seconds.

“I thought that’s it, we’re all going to die.”

Roger’s terrifying experience is shared by those on his street. Many have been offered hotel rooms as temporary accommodation but his family and another four have decided to stay in their homes.

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Homes have been damaged in Storm Ciaran

The community is rallying together to help those displaced from their homes and to revive streets that are littered in debris.

The Salvation Army has already been helping those caught up in the damage.

Husband and wife Alice and Richard lead the team here.

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“I think as an island we’ve been through a lot,” Alice says.

“I really feel for our island, it’s sad and it’s hard and everyone just wants to feel safe and many people just don’t right now.

“I think we’ve all been affected. I’ve spoken to some people and thankfully their homes and stuff are fine, but they’re really worried about their neighbours.

“I’ve got some people who can’t work today because their place of work is not in a good state.”

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Some of the destruction caused by the storm

Richard says they’ve already seen first hand the impact it’s had on people here.

“We know there are people that haven’t been able financially… of buy enough food and stuff for their homes to ride the storm out and so they’re short now,” he adds.

“Our food banks (are) open and we’re deliberately targeting anyone who’s been unable to bulk buy.

“We’re also really aware that a lot of people haven’t got a warm, safe space, or perhaps they feel really anxious about being in their homes after a really difficult night.

“So again, we’re providing a warm, safe space here.”

The need for them and other support groups will only grow as this island rebuilds with fierce determination – something this storm certainly hasn’t hampered.

Storm Ciaran in pictures: Flooded streets and huge waves as parts of England hit by high winds and driving rain | UK News

Amber warnings were in effect from Storm Ciaran, which brought hurricane-force winds and destroyed an 180-year-old cottage.

The storm, the second to hit the UK in the last month, has caused major disruption and flooding in the south of the country.

While weather warnings for the south of England have now expired, some yellow alerts from the Met Office are still in place throughout the rest of the week.

Pictures taken today showed the impact of Storm Ciaran on the worst-hit parts of the UK. In Newhaven, large waves were seen cresting near the top of a lighthouse, while gusts up to 63mph hit Sussex.

Meanwhile, the northeast of England also saw impacts with roads in Whitley Bay flooded.

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A fallen tree is seen during Storm Ciaran in Perros-Guirec, Brittany, France, November 2, 2023. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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The tree severely damaged the surrounding area

Flood water covers a field after the River Clyde overflowed in Clyst Saint Mary, near Exeter, as Storm Ciaran brings high winds and heavy rain along the south coast of England.
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Flood water from the River Clyde covered a field in Clyst Saint Mary, near Exeter

A wave crashes over Newhaven harbour wall, as Storm Ciaran hits the English coast, in Newhaven, Britain, November 2, 2023. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra
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A wave crashed over Newhaven’s harbour wall


Waves crash over Newhaven Lighthouse and the harbour wall in Newhaven
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Waves crash over Newhaven Lighthouse and the harbour wall in Newhaven

Damage after storm Ciaran hit Jersey's Princess Place 
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Doors were burst open by the hurricane-strength gusts (via Hope Yeomans)

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A van drove through flood water in Whitley Bay

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Residents in Northern Ireland took to using sandbags to protect their homes from floodwater.

A dog stands in water as it flows through streets after heavy rain caused extensive flooding, ahead of the arrival of Storm Ciaran, in the city centre of Newry, Northern Ireland, October 31, 2023. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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A dog stands in water as it flows through the streets of Newry in Northern Ireland.

A weather warning sign alerts drivers travelling through water spray and winds on the M5 motorway
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Drivers on the M5 were affected by spray

Baby monitor camera captures moment window is blown in by Storm Ciaran
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Winds reached such high gusts, windows were blown open, captured here on a baby monitor.

Swans feeding next to submerged benches at Canoe Lake, Southsea, Portsmouth
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Swans feeding next to submerged benches at Canoe Lake, Southsea, Portsmouth

A man holds large pieces of ice which fell in a hail storm in St Helier, Jersey
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A man holds large pieces of ice which fell in a hail storm in St Helier, Jersey

Vehicles are driven through a flooded road in Yapton, West Sussex, as Storm Ciaran brings high winds and heavy rain
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Vehicles are driven through a flooded road in Yapton, West Sussex, as Storm Ciaran brings high winds and heavy rain

A walks through flood water on Market Street in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland
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A man walks through floodwater on Market Street in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland

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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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.