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UK weather: Met Office issues yellow warning with almost three inches of rain forecast | UK News

Nearly three inches of rain could fall over parts of England and Wales on Wednesday, forecasters have warned.

A yellow weather warning has been issued for parts of south-west England and Wales from early on Wednesday morning, through to midday.

Homes and businesses could be flooded, with some interruption to power supplies and other services, while bus and rail services may also be affected, leading to longer journey times.

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Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said: “We could see quite widely across western parts of the UK 10 to 20mm (0.4 to 0.8in) of rain.

“But over those higher ground spots of parts of Wales, south-west England in particular, we could see 40 to 50mm (1.5 to 1.96in) and then locally 60 or 70mm (2.36 to 2.75in) of rain.”

The yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office for rain in south west England and parts of Wales on Wednesday, 21 February. Pic: Met Office
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A yellow weather warning has been issued for south-west England and parts of Wales. Pic: Met Office

He said the heavy rainfall could cause some flooding.

“This falling on the back of what has been a wet winter, wet month… we could see some flooding develop as we move through tomorrow morning,” he said.

The afternoon will bring respite from the rain, with sunny spells in parts of the country.

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“It becomes much brighter into the afternoon through Wednesday with sunny spells,” he said.

“It takes time to clear across some central southern parts of the UK so it might stay cloudy here and then some parts of southern England may continue to see rain through the day.”

Strong winds could also bring gales around coastal areas.

Temperatures across the country will generally range between 12C to 14C, he added.

UK weather: New warning for heavy rain and floods covers whole of England and Wales | UK News

Yellow weather warnings have been issued for rain across England and Wales, amid fears flooding could cause widespread disruption.

Heavy downpours will push east across most areas during Saturday and Sunday, according to the Met Office.

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Forecasters say some homes and businesses may suffer flooding and travel could be affected by surface water – including bus and train services.

Powers cuts are also likely.

A yellow warning for rain has been issued by the Met Office covering England and Wales from Saturday afternoon to Sunday evening.
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The Met Office said: “An area of persistent and occasionally heavy rain is expected to move from west to east across the warning area during Saturday and Sunday, falling on already saturated ground.

“Rain will clear western areas early Sunday, whilst rate of clearance from east and southeast England is open to some uncertainty, but all areas should become dry by evening.”

The Environment Agency, which covers England said: “Land, roads and some properties will flood and there will be travel disruption.”

Natural Resources Wales said: “Local flooding from surface water is probable, and local flooding from rivers is also possible, on Saturday and Sunday across Wales.

“Land, roads and some properties could flood and there could be travel disruption.”

UK weather: Scotland faces snow warning as hundreds of flood alerts remain in place for England | Weather News

People in Scotland are bracing for more snow and ice-related disruption, while those in the south of England have been told homes and businesses could be flooded in the coming days.

The warnings come after dozens of schools in northern England and North Wales were closed and travel was disrupted on Thursday.

While amber weather warnings for Wales and the Pennines have passed, yellow warnings for snow and ice are in place for much of Scotland for Friday and Saturday.

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The Met Office has said roads and railways are likely to be affected, and there is also a chance people will experience power cuts and disruption to mobile phone services.

Ferry operator Calmac, which operates services between the Scottish mainland and isles, has announced cancellations and delays due to adverse weather.

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Schools closed as snow hit the UK on Thursday

Two flood warnings have also been issued for Scotland – covering north and south Luce Bay in Dumfries and Galloway – while 81 flood warnings are in place in England, mostly in the South and the Midlands.

A total of 294 less severe flood alerts are in force in England while 19 are active in Wales.

Rain is set to arrived across the UK later today. Pic: Met Office
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Rain is set to arrive across the UK later today. Pic: Met Office

Flooding in York. Storm Jocelyn will thrash the UK with more wind and rain after Storm Isha left two people dead and one seriously injured. Picture date: Tuesday January 23, 2024.
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The warnings come weeks after areas like York were flooded during Storm Isha. Pic: PA

Dozens of schools in northern England and North Wales closed due to snow on Thursday.

The Met Office measured 10cm of snow in Kirkwall, Orkney, while 9cm was recorded in Bingley, West Yorkshire.

In Harbertonford, south Devon, a total of 43.2mm of rainfall was measured – almost half the average for the area in February.

Trains between Bath and Swindon were also disrupted due to flooding.

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A snowboarder makes the most of the weather in Allenheads, Northumberland. Pic: PA

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School children pushing a bus in Sheffield. Pic: Chris Mann/PA

Temperatures across the UK have been fluctuating with a low of -13.8C (7.2F) being recorded in the Scottish Highlands in the early hours of Thursday, while a high of 13.6C (56.5) was recorded in Exeter later on the same day.

Met Office meteorologist Dan Stroud said: “We’ve still got rain and many have snow making its way northwards, we have got further weather warnings in force.

“Temperatures are recovering a little, across the far South it’s generally mild.

“We’ve got a second band of cloud and rain moving northwards, it makes for challenging driving conditions.

“We’ve had the worst of it but it’s still not completely clear. Where we have falling snow we see there is a risk of a few icy patches on roads.”

He added that as the focus “is probably starting to shift more towards ice, people should still be cautious”.

UK weather: Snow on the way with yellow warning for large parts of England and Wales | UK News

A yellow weather warning for snow has been issued for large parts of England and Wales.

The Met Office said snowfall could bring some disruption on Thursday and into Friday morning.

It warned there was a chance of travel delays on roads, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel.

There was also a chance some rural communities could become cut off, it said.

“A band of rain, sleet, and increasingly snow, will push north on Thursday bringing up to 2cm snow at lower levels, 2-5cm on ground above 200m, and perhaps as much as 10-20cm above 400m,” the Met Office said.

“The snow will ease later in the day, and may turn back to rain or drizzle, especially in the south and east of the area.”

It said there was some uncertainty about the northern limit of the snow and said details may change in the coming days.

The warning will be in effect for 24 hours from 3am on Thursday.

It comes after a yellow weather warning remains in place for Scotland until 9pm on Monday night, with up to 170mm (6.7in) of rain possible.

The Met Office said there is a “small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded”, which may result in damage to buildings.

The warning covers most of the Scottish Highlands but reaches as far south as the outskirts of Glasgow.

There is also a yellow warning for ice covering northern Scotland from midnight on Tuesday until 9am.

UK weather: Yellow warning issued for Scotland with up to 170mm of rain possible | UK News

A yellow weather warning is in place for rain in Scotland until 9pm on Monday night, with up to 170mm (6.7in) of rain possible.

The Met Office said in its warning there is a “small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded”, which may result in damage to buildings.

Between 40 to 80mm (1.6-2.4in) of rain is expected, with 120 to 170mm (4.7-6.7in) possible overnight in the wettest areas, which may include parts of Argyll, Lochaber and Wester Ross. Strong winds are also forecast.

Where flooding occurs it could also lead to delays or cancellations on train or bus services, as well as difficult driving conditions, the Met Office warned.

The warning covers most of the Scottish Highlands but reaches as far south as the outskirts of Glasgow.

As of 9.30pm on Sunday, there were 10 flood alerts and six flood warnings across Scotland.

Heavy rain and wintry conditions are also due later in the week across the whole of the UK.

A Met Office yellow rain warning for Scotland. Pic: Met Office website
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A Met Office yellow rain warning for Scotland. Pic: Met Office website

“It turns colder across northern areas with showers, which will turn wintry at times especially over higher ground but potentially to lower levels too as the week progresses,” the Met Office said in a statement.

“There is a chance of wintry conditions developing more widely through the second half of next week as rain pushes up from the south for a time, but there is still uncertainty about the details of this.”

Scotland has had to endure repeatedly wet conditions that have resulted in flooding this winter, including after Storm Babet in October when four hundred properties across Angus had to be gutted.

Achfary in northwest Scotland recently recorded a new provisional maximum temperature record of 19.9C for January.

Edinburgh care worker receives warning for going to work twice under the influence of alcohol | UK News

A care worker has been reprimanded for drinking alcohol hidden in a water bottle while on duty and later falling asleep on shift.

Sinead Collins has received a two-year warning on her registration for turning up to a residential care home twice under the influence of alcohol.

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) said her bad behaviour occurred in June 2020 and December 2022 while working in Edinburgh as a deputy service manager at Share Scotland.

The SSSC found Collins’ fitness to practise impaired.

In a written ruling, the SSSC said: “During the first occasion, you proceeded to drink alcohol disguised in a water bottle while in your place of work.

“You also fell asleep while on shift and neglected your duties to the residents within the service.

“You put residents at risk of unnecessary harm, and it was only due to the actions of your colleagues that meant you were not allowed to work alone with residents and were in fact sent home.

“Acting in such a way falls below the standard that is expected of social service workers.”

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The SSSC said Collins had a good employment history but had not shown any insight or regret and had failed to apologise for her behaviour.

The care watchdog stated Collins had shown “poor judgment”, adding: “You abused the trust placed in you by your employer and the residents by attempting to work while you were under the influence of alcohol.”

The 24-month warning came into effect on Thursday.

UK weather: Govt told to ‘wake up and smell the flood water’ amid warning more homes will be affected | UK News

The government is being urged to “wake up and smell the flood water” following Storm Henk – amid fears that climate change is making extreme weather events more common.

More than 1,800 properties have flooded after heavy downpours fell on already sodden ground, and the Environment Agency has warned more homes will be affected as river levels remain high.

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Hundreds of homes submerged by floods

Mary Long-Dhonau, a long-time campaigner for flood resilience, has told Sky News that she believes the government has failed to do enough to prepare for such a storm.

She is urging Rishi Sunak to visit flooded communities, and see first-hand what homeowners are going through after their properties were “absolutely devastated”.

“Having filthy, stinking flood water violate your home is absolutely awful. Your home is your castle and people naturally want to look after it,” Ms Long-Dhonau said.

The campaigner, who has experienced the impact of flooding for herself, warned affected families will now have to “project manage a building site” while their homes are repaired.

She also called for farmers to receive greater support after their fields were inundated with water, and said natural flood management measures must be introduced nationwide.

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Mary Long-Dhonau

The government has unveiled a financial package for eligible areas in England that have suffered exceptional localised flooding.

Flooded households can receive £500 in cash to assist with immediate costs, council tax relief for at least three months, and up to £5,000 to make their properties more flood resilient in the future.

Support is also being made available to businesses – with grants of up to £2,500 so they can reopen.

Meanwhile, farmers who have suffered uninsurable damage to their land are eligible to receive as much as £25,000.

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‘Biblical’ flooding scenes in Nottinghamshire

‘Remain vigilant,’ Environment Agency warns

While rainfall has subsided, river levels remain elevated and are expected to stay this way for several days.

According to the Environment Agency (EA), parts of the River Thames in Oxfordshire – as well as the River Trent near Nottingham and the River Severn including Glocuester – are cause for concern.

As of 1am on Sunday, 192 flood warnings – meaning flooding is expected – are still in force. There are also 207 flood alerts that indicate flooding is possible.

Emergency responders are using temporary pumps, barriers and defences in an attempt to stop further homes and businesses from being flooded.

EA flood duty manager Katharine Smith said: “We urge people not to drive through flood water… it is often deeper than it looks and just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float your car.”

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Sky News weather presenter Jo Wheeler says showery rain in the North and North East will fizzle out over time – and there will be a few showers in the South and South East, too.

She added: “Elsewhere, it’ll be dry with some good sunny spells where the fog clears.”

Daytime temperatures are set to remain below 5C (41F) for many – and the UK Health Security Agency has a cold weather alert in force until Friday.

However, the weather is set to be fairly settled over the next few days, and the Met Office currently has no warnings in force.

Weather warning issued for parts of UK – Eurostar warns of more delays as trains resume | UK News

Eurostar trains are set to resume this morning after “unprecedented” flooding in a tunnel brought travel chaos for thousands of people – as a severe weather warning was issued for large parts of the UK on New Year’s Eve.

Eurostar said all services would run to Paris, Brussels, London and Amsterdam on Sunday – but warned there could still be delays and packed stations.

Southeastern and Thameslink rail are also predicting serious disruption.

With New Year’s Eve celebrations hours away, the Met Office warned severe gales and heavy showers may lead to disruption.

A yellow weather warning for wind is in force from 10am until around midnight tonight.

The warning covers the south and southwest of Wales, much of the south of England, including the Isle of Wight, and the South West.

People have been told to expect gales and severe gales, with heavy showers potentially leading to disruption to road, rail, air and ferry journeys.

Bus and train journeys may also be affected and short term losses of power are possible in some areas.

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In London and the south, winds are expected to strengthen, while scattered, blustery showers are expected to develop throughout the day, possibly thundery along southern coasts.

Some brighter spells are possible between showers.

Eurostar problem ‘under control’

Travellers were stranded yesterday when all Eurostar trains to and from London St Pancras were cancelled.

Many were forced to frantically arrange a last-minute flight, ferry or road journey – with some people’s holiday plans ruined.

A man in St Pancras was seen holding an iPad reading “taxi to Paris”, while images showed the track near Ebbsfleet in Kent being deluged by a burst pipe.

Thames Water said it believed it was caused by a “fire control system and not a Thames Water pipe”.

However a spokesman for HS1, which operates the track, said: “The source of the flooding will be the subject of an investigation, but at this stage we have no evidence to suggest that the fire control system was related to the issue in any way.”

Eurostar said trains would soon resume after the problem was “brought under control”, adding that it was “sorry for the inconvenience”.

“At least one tunnel can now be used”, it announced, while still warning “some speed restrictions” in the morning could cause more delays and “very busy” stations.

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Passengers were left stranded at a packed St Pancras station in London

Southeastern rail services were also disrupted by the flooding – and the company said problems were likely to linger on Sunday with a reduced service between St Pancras and Ashford.

“Whilst service recovers, trains running between these stations may still be cancelled, delayed or revised to terminate at Ebbsfleet International,” it said.

Thameslink is also predicting “major disruption” until the early hours of 1 January – due to a “shortage of train crew”.

Services between Bedford and London, Brighton and London, and Three Bridges and London are expected to be worst hit.

There will also be no overnight services on the network for people heading back from New Year celebrations.

A spokesperson for HS1 also confirmed the Eurostar line “will be operational in the morning”.

“We understand how frustrating this has been for passengers and apologise for the inconvenience caused at such an important time of the year,” the firm added.

The Met Office said bad weather was unlikely to have been the cause of the tunnel flood as there hadn’t been any heavy rain in the area at the time.

People stand on a platform at the Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord train station, as an unexpected strike by French workers at Eurotunnel, the undersea link between Britain and continental Europe, interrupted cross-Channel rail traffic, threatening the Christmas holiday plans of many travelers, in Paris, France, December 21, 2023. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
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The first Eurostar to Paris is set to leave London at 8.01am on Sunday

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The flood happened in the tunnel near Ebbsfleet in Kent

One of many travellers whose plans were ruined by the cancelled Eurostar trains was Matthew Hulls, 40, from Colchester.

He said he was “devastated” and had to return home after a surprise trip to Cologne for his partner was scuppered.

“My partner and I are big ice hockey fans of the local team and I’d purchased VIP tickets as a surprise for her, so (I’m) pretty devastated,” said Mr Hulls.

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It’s the second time this month that people have been left stranded due to Eurostar problems.

All services were temporarily suspended in the days before Christmas after an unexpected strike by French staff unhappy about their end-of-year bonus.

Phone scam warning: EE network issues urgent message to users today | Science & Tech News

Millions of mobile phone users are being warned of potential text scams in the lead-up to Christmas, peaking today on what is being dubbed “Super Saturday”.

The BT-owned EE network has said cyber criminals could try to take advantage of the busy last-minute shopping period to issue delivery-style scams, suggesting parcels are waiting to be dropped off or their delivery has been missed.

The techniques could trick recipients into clicking links through which they may unwittingly install malware (malicious software), or be taken to a phishing page aimed at harvesting personal and financial data.

EE said it managed to block around three million SMS scams that were heading to customers’ phones on this day last year.

The company anticipates it will stop up to five million such scams this month. It also said it had blocked more than 45 million scam texts so far in 2023.

EE said in a statement: “The most common SMS scams in December are delivery-related, as shoppers rush to organise last-minute parcels in time for the holiday period.

“These include missed delivery or track delivery text scams, which prompt customers to click on links that give criminals the opening they need to steal consumers’ data or money.”

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The firm is urging consumers to remain scam-aware, especially over the next couple of weeks, when the stress of holiday preparations could “cloud judgement and result in people dropping their guard”.

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Jonny Bunt, EE’s director of regulatory affairs for the consumer division of BT Group, said: “Super Saturday is set to be the busiest day of the year for high-street retailers.

“With deliveries piling up on the doorstep, scammers will be looking for ways to take advantage of the festive frenzy.

“As one of the UK’s first lines of defence against SMS scam texts, we have clear sight of the threat level here at BT and EE and are already seeing a concerning spike in delivery scams in particular.”

It has issued some tips on how to stay scam safe:

• Never click on a link in a text from an unknown source
• Trust your instincts, and if something looks suspicious, there’s probably a catch
• Keep your device software up to date
• Never give out bank details, passwords or security codes on a website you’ve linked to
• If your bank phones you, consider calling them back on a published number or using the 159 service
• If you get an expected call from someone, if in doubt put the phone down and call back on a number you trust
• If you receive a suspicious text, forward the phone number and incident to 7726, free of charge, for your mobile provider to investigate
• Once reported, block the number and notify others of the scam, so they can avoid falling victim.

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.

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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.