Heavy rains and flooding continues in England

Monday, November 6, 2023



England continues to grapple with the aftermath of Storm Ciaran, which unleashed heavy rains and wind gusts reaching up to 104 mph along the south coast and the Channel Islands. The storm left nearly 150,000 homes without power and resulted in significant flooding, particularly in areas where the ground was already saturated from previous rainfall.

As of 9:30 am on Sunday, 41 flood warnings are in effect across England, indicating an expectation of flooding. These warnings primarily cover regions along the south coast from Weymouth to Bexhill, which bore the brunt of the storm’s impact. An additional 159 flood alerts are in place, signifying that flooding is possible, with only the North West and far North East of England remaining unaffected. No active flood warnings are currently issued for Scotland.

The weather outlook for Sunday indicates that showers will mainly affect the western coastal counties, while dry and brighter conditions are anticipated in the east. No new weather warnings have been issued for this period.

Several flood warnings persist in various regions, including Godalming in Surrey, the River Ouse at York, the River Waveney from Diss to Bungay in East Anglia, the River Witham near Lincoln, the area of Marchington in east Staffordshire, and the River Dene at Walton.

In Wales, one flood warning remains in place on Sunday morning, with the River Ritec at Tenby, Pembrokeshire, expecting flooding. South Pembrokeshire is also under flood alert, indicating the potential for flooding.

Storm Ciaran resulted in extensive damage and disruption in the south of England, with strong winds battering coastal areas of Kent and widespread flooding affecting Hampshire, Sussex, Devon, and Cornwall. The storm also led to significant disruptions in the travel network, with canceled ferries, flooded roads, and closed bridges due to high winds.

Schools in various regions, including Hampshire, Southampton, the Isle of Wight, Devon, and Cornwall, had to close due to the storm, and all schools on the island of Jersey remained shut in its wake. The continued flood warnings serve as a reminder of the need for vigilance and preparedness in the face of adverse weather conditions.

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