UK to be hit by heavy rain, gales brought by US storm Jonas

Published on : Monday, January 25, 2016

Heavy rainfallWith the arrival of the storm that brought blizzards to the US, it is now time for the UK to brace up for heavy rain and gale-force winds. Warnings have been issued for the west of the UK by the Met Office to be prepared for heavy rain on Tuesday with 100mm (four inches) expected in parts of Wales and England.

The storm’s arrival in the UK would bring the heaviest rain and severe gales to western parts, BBC forecaster Steve Cleaton said.

There is a warning in place for heavy rain for Northern Ireland on Wednesday, when gale-force winds are also expected.

Rain of 20-40mm and up to 60mm in the most exposed areas is forecast in Scotland.
Winds blowing at a speed of 70mph were likely along south-facing coasts of south-west Scotland with large waves also expected on Tuesday.

The Environment Agency said flooding is expected and 15 flood alerts have been issued. Rivers in Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire were already at record levels following the wettest ever December and were likely to be at risk of flooding.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) currently has 10 flood warnings and four flood alerts in place.

Earlier, the deathly blizzard brought near-record snowfall from Washington to New York in the US.


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