UK weather: Britain hit with 44 flood warnings as Brits brace for intense rain over week

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Storm Barra battered large swathes of the United Kingdom earlier this week but 30 to 40mm of rain threatens to cause flooding across England and Wales as agencies put out alerts and warnings on either side of the River Severn. The Environment Agency has confirmed England faces two flood warnings, both due to “heavy rainfall”.

The agency identified River Vyrnwy at Melverley, located along Shropshire’s Welsh Marches, and Cheshire’s River Bollin and Agden Brook at Little Bollington as the two places affected by the flood warning.

But 31 other areas are highlighted as at risk of flooding.

Kempsey Village, Lower Derwent, Lower Dove, Lower River Cam, Lower River Soar, Lower River Arrow, River Bollin catchment, River Churnet and River Tean, River Dee, River Erewash, River Lugg, River Rye, and the River Severn in Gloucestershire, Shropshire and Worcestershire could be affected by “possible” flooding.

Other areas at risk of “possible” flooding include the Severn Vyrnwy confluence, Somerset coast at Porlock Weir, South East Somerset Rivers on Upper Reaches, Tern and Perry catchments, the tidal Rivers Bure at Ant and Thurne, Upper Avon River Swift and Clay Coton Brook, Upper Dove, Upper River Derwent, Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Dervent Water and Upper Teme.

Natural Resources Wales added an extra 11 warnings and alerts to the British total.

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They point out the River Severn at Llandrinio, Criggion and Pool Quay and Trewern are three areas “expected” to be hit by flooding.

River Wye and Monnow in Monmouthshire, River Wye in Powys, Vrynwy catchment, Upper Severn in Powys, Upper Teifi, Lower Dee catchment, Upper Dee catchment and Dyfi catchment have all been classed as areas where “flooding is possible” and therefore have been issued with flood alerts.

The Met Office has also warned the UK will be hit by even more rain as it enters the weekend.

Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell told “The rain gets a bit more intense as we head into the weekend.

“On Saturday we’ve got a heavy band of rain moving in from the west.

“The areas that are going to see the most rainfall look likely to be parts of Wales, where we could see 30 to 40mm.”

This could be accompanied by gusts of wind up to 40 to 50mph around the south west coast.

Ms Mitchell also confirmed the north west of England could face similar levels of rain as Wales.

However, Friday could even bring to Britain hail in areas close to the Irish Sea, including the west of Scotland, west of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

While Scotland has not yet issued any flood warnings or alerts, those living north of the border should look out for icy patches this morning following low temperatures and showers.

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Scotland could also be hit by galeforce winds of up to 60mph on Sunday night.

Ms Mitchell said: “We’ve got some strong winds coming into Scotland on Sunday evening so that’s a possibility for a warning that we are keeping an eye on at the moment.”

When asked about how drivers should respond to the rainfall, Ms Mitchell stressed: “Where we do see any heavy showers or heavy rain over the next couple of days for anyone taking longer journeys it’s always worth checking the conditions on the road before you set off.”

On the icy patches alert in Scotland, she added: “Take extra care on the roads and perhaps drive with extra caution in the morning.”

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