Heavy rain and gales batter UK, paralyse life

Published on : Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Heavy rain UKParts of the UK was battered by heavy rain and gales as ‘Jonas’ storm that brought severe blizzards to the US hit Western areas of the country. Cumbria bore the brunt where some schools remained closed and roads were flooded.

Ferries to the Scottish Islands and Isle of Wight are disrupted. Hundreds of homes across Wales have been hit by power cuts. In Edinburgh, a man was injured after a chimney was blown off a roof in high winds and smashed through a bus window. Some rail lines have been affected by flooding, including in Cumbria and Ayrshire.

A first band of heavy rain and high winds is now moving south and east, but a second band is forecast to arrive from the west overnight into Wednesday.

The Met Office has issued yellow (be aware) warnings for rain and there are more than 100 flood warnings and alerts in place.

Cumbria and south-west Scotland were lashed by the heaviest rain on Tuesday while the Welsh hills and the moors of south west England affected to a lesser degree.

Shap in Cumbria saw about 50mm (2in) of rain on Tuesday, while 12-25mm (0.5-1in) fell in other areas.

Yellow warnings have been issued for much of Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and western and southern England.

BBC forecaster Steve Cleaton said there could also be significant snowfall overnight north of the central belt of Scotland.

The Environment Agency said there are currently nine flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected: five are in Cumbria, three in Dorset and one in the Conwy Valley.

Rivers in Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire were already at record levels following the wettest ever December.

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said “all possible steps” had been taken to prepare for the storm.

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