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Flooding latest: heavy rain hits with major incident in Nottinghamshire

  • By James Gregory & Michael Sheils McNamee
  • BBC news

Parts of the UK are experiencing another day of severe weather, with heavy rain and hundreds of flood warnings in place.

The Met Office’s yellow warning for rain covering southern England comes into force at midday and will last until 03:00 GMT on Friday.

The warning, which extends from Cornwall to East Anglia, said there could be power cuts and travel disruption.

It comes just days after parts of Wales and England were hit by Storm Henk.

The Met Office said it was possible that 20 to 30mm of rain would fall within six to nine hours on Thursday across parts of the area covered by its warning, with some places seeing up to 50mm possible.

“Impacts are more likely due to the current very wet ground across the region,” the weather service added.

Rainwater falling on already saturated ground could lead to localized flooding, with the Met Office warning there is a “slight possibility” communities could be isolated.

At 13:00 GMT, there was 215 flood warnings are active across England, two in Scotland and one in Wales, where there is also a severe flood warning on the River Ritec at Tenby. There are also more than 270 flood warnings in place across England and Wales.

Nottinghamshire County Council declared a major incident due to flooding and a risk of further flooding.

This decision was taken by the authorities due to rising river levels along the River Trent. The council has warned levels could reach near record highs in 2000.

The agency is advising people living in areas at risk of flooding to evacuate.

According to the Environment Agency, including England, people living in areas with flood warnings should take action by turning off gas, water and electricity supplies, moving furniture upstairs or to safety. , and move family, pets, and cars to safety.

Great Western Railway, which connects London with south-west England and south Wales, said more trains could be canceled after its services were disrupted earlier this week.

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GWR services between Swindon and Bristol Parkway remain closed due to flooding on the tracks during Storm Henk, with services diverted via Bath or Temple Meads, adding up to 40 minutes to passenger journeys.

The rail provider said further disruption to its passengers could occur if heavy rainfall returns to areas that were hit by severe weather earlier this week.

In a statement, the company said: “With further flood warnings and rainfall forecasts, Network Rail has identified key locations in Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall as being at risk of flooding from around 15 :00. Trains may not be able to operate through these areas.”

Services between Paddington and Swindon will operate but may be affected by flooding elsewhere.

GWR said customers with tickets for later trains on Thursday can use them on earlier trains.

BBC Weather presenter Sarah Keith-Lucas said the flood situation could worsen in many southern counties from Cornwall to Norfolk.

“Strong, gusty winds will also be a hazard, especially near the south coast and for the Channel Islands, where gusts can reach speeds of over 50mph,” she explained.

“The rain and wind will shift eastwards, eventually clearing the East Anglia coast tomorrow morning.

“Over the weekend, higher pressure will gradually build, which will bring us a much-needed spell of drier, calmer and colder weather, although it will take several days for some areas to flooded and dried up.

“Next week’s forecast is for less rain, more sunshine but also a drop in temperature. Frost and fog are likely to return in some places.”

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The River Great Ouse in Harrold, Bedford, has burst its banks

The UK Health Security Agency has issued a cold weather warning for all parts of England, which will come into force on Saturday and last until next Tuesday.

Storm Henk made landfall in the UK on Tuesday, bringing winds of up to 81 mph and heavy rain.

Gloucestershire Police said a driver in his 50s was killed by a falling tree near the town of Kemble in the Cotswolds.

The country’s rail and road networks have also suffered delays due to flooding and power outages.

Farmers are calling on the government to invest more in river protection in rural areas to protect UK food production.

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