Weather: Snow, heavy rain and 65mph gales as killer Storm Barra batters Britain with 10 flood warnings issued

SNOW, heavy rain and 65mph gales are expected today as Storm Barra batters Britain.

Ten flood warnings have been issued as heavy rain and showers affect most areas with more than 50 flood alerts in place.



Met Office Spokesman Graham Madge told The Sun Online rain fall is expected around most of the country for at least the next few days.

Strong and gusty winds are expected, especially in the south and west.

There may also be wintry showers in some places and snow is expected on higher ground.

Some short-term loss of power is possible due to the wind.

Temperatures will be mild for the time of year on Wednesday, with London predicted to see 7C, 8C in Cardiff, 4C for Edinburgh and 6C in Belfast.

Dozens of flood warnings have been issued across the UK in the past few days with at least 10 still in place.

The Environment Agency has issued five flood warnings for England at locations including Christchurch Habour Side, Dorest coast at Preston Beach and West Bay Harbour.

There's also 44 flood alerts in place, indicating rising waters are possible in areas such as Irish Sea from New Brighton to Hoylake, Lower River Medway North, Medway North Sea Coast at Bridlington and River Trent in Derbyshire.

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has three flood warnings and five alerts in place for areas in the north-east of Scotland and the south-west.

Natural Resources Wales has also issued two flood warnings and nine alerts, mainly covering coastal areas.

The Met Office said a few icy stretches in the north on Wednesday morning with scattered showers and hail in places.

Forecasters say Storm Barra is not expected to cause as much chaos as Storm Arwen – though it has already sparked travel delays and school closures in Scotland.

Disruption to the travel network is likely, with snow and heavy rain in some areas until Wednesday.

ScotRail has already warned that some Wednesday services will be cancelled due to the storm.



Aberdaron in Gwynedd, Wales, which is covered by the warning, was battered by gales of 86mph on Tuesday, while Orlock Head in Co Down, N Ireland, faced 76mph gusts.

A number of fronts will continue working their way across the UK this week.

Madge said: "There is a system that is moving across the UK Thursday but that will be working its way east by the early hours of Friday morning that will have worked its way into the North Sea."There are not yet any plans for warnings for that front but it will be a wet period as it passes.

On Sunday to Monday there is a prospect of a system developing to the north west of the UK but there's still a lot of uncertainty about the exact positioning yet. 

Madge said: "There may be fronts that extend down south from that system and will bring rain to parts of Wales, northern England and the south west but the clarity on that is not certain."

Over the weekend, further rainfall coming in especially to Northern Ireland, western Scotland and the north west of England on Saturday coming in from the west again and that will be moving across the UK west to east with the heaviest rainfall in the north but some still in the south.

POWER RESTORED

Power has been restored to all people who had been cut off because of Storm Arwen, provider Northern Powergrid said.

The company met a deadline set by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to restore power to the more than 1,000 homes in the North East which were still without power by Tuesday "at the latest".

The company said on Tuesday night: "We are pleased to confirm that, despite the additional challenges presented by today's difficult weather, we have completed the work that our customers needed us to do to restore power tonight. Thank you for your patience as we battled to reconnect customers following the disruption caused by the worst storm in over 20 years.

"We have reconnected 240,000 homes and businesses that were without power because of the extensive storm damage caused to our electricity network.

"We're sorry that we couldn't get it done quicker, because we know that it has been very difficult for our customers to be without power for such a long time."

But the company did warn that the damage caused by Arwen "will take some time to put everything back to normal", adding: "Many of our customers are currently being supplied by generators which will need to be removed as we complete the permanent repairs. We expect to be working well into the new year to bring our network back to full strength.

"With supplies restored, our next step will include moving quickly to make compensation payments for those customers without power for more than two days and to make any remaining payments needed to honour our financial support package. We understand the strain this has placed on our customers at a difficult time."

The same homes are now expected to be hit by Storm Barra, which has already made its effects felt across the UK and Ireland, with gusty winds battering communities.


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