Status Red Alert Lifted After Feeling The Force Of Storm Jorge

Status Red Alert Lifted After Feeling The Force Of Storm Jorge

Status Red Alert Lifted After Feeling The Force Of Storm Jorge

Storm Jorge is the third storm to hit the United Kingdom this month, with 15 rivers in the Midlands, Yorkshire and Lancashire recording their highest levels on record this winter.

It said 1,000 staff per day have worked on maintaining flood defences and pumps, clearing debris and repairing damaged barriers.

Damage is being assessed and the clean-up is continuing after Storm Jorge.

A yellow weather warning for wind remains in place in Northern Ireland until 15:00 GMT, with a yellow snow/ice warning in the Republic of Ireland until 09:00 local time.

And today there are wind warnings across Northern England, North Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The Met Office warned the third named storm of February will bring heavy rain and winds of up to 70mph to coastal areas from today.

Persistent snowfall was forecast over higher parts of Scotland, with up to 30cm predicted in some places, with warnings in place until noon on Monday, the Met Office said.

On Saturday, flooded roads were closed in Wiltshire, people were rescued from cars stranded in water in Devon and Somerset, and the Ouse Bridge in Humberside was closed to high-sided vehicles and the speed limit lowered to 40mph amid fears of strong winds.

South Wales Police said, "Following flooding and severe weather related incidents which have occurred overnight and through the course of the morning, a critical incident has been declared".

Last night a total of 86 flood warnings were in place - mostly in the South West and along the English-Welsh border and in Yorkshire - while 215 "flooding is possible" alerts were also in force.

Although the worst of the rain, in terms of prolonged rain, will clear this morning, with just showers over the next few days, the flooding risk in the north and west will remain over the coming days, as all the rain over the past 24 hours works it's way down rivers, with rivers recently vulnerable to flooding, such as the Severn, Wye and Aire probably peaking again over the next few days after falling a little. The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs said more than 3,300 properties in England were thought to have flooded as a result of Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis, which hit the country earlier in the month.

More than 600 homes and a similar number of businesses have been hit in Wales, accounting for around a quarter of affected properties in the UK.

Rainfall data from the Met Office has shown that last month was the wettest February since records began.

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