Gale-force winds to hit UK, Met Office warns

Second officially-named UK storm to bring gusts of up to 80mph to southern England and Wales on Tuesday, Met Office warns, while north-west faces more heavy rain

The River Ouse flooding waterside properties in York where flood warnings are in force, November 16, 2015
Flood warnings remain in force in parts of Yorkshire, Cumbria and Wales. The River Ouse has flooded waterside properties in York. Photo: North News & Pictures ltd

Gale-force winds will batter southern England and Wales on Tuesday as Storm Barney – the second officially-named UK storm – hits, the Met Office has warned.

Severe weather warnings were issued as the Met Office said gales would sweep eastwards across parts of Wales, southern, central and eastern England on Tuesday afternoon.

Gusts of wind could hit 80mph on the coast, especially in Wales and the Bristol Channel, and reach 60-70 mph inland, bringing the risk of fallen trees and travel disruption.

The Met Office announced the wind storm would be named Storm Barney – the second storm to be officially named in the UK, following Storm Abigail.

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Flood warnings and severe weather warnings for rain also remained in place for parts of north-west England and Wales as the Met Office said more heavy rain was expected on Tuesday.

“The public should be aware that, given the already saturated conditions, flooding is possible either from standing water or from rivers already swollen by recent rainfall,” it said.

“This could lead to disruption to travel and perhaps localised flooding to properties.”

More than 20 flood warnings from the Environment Agency remained in place on Monday, primarily in Yorkshire as well as parts of Cumbria and north Wales.

In York, the River Ouse burst its banks, flooding some properties.

Flooding in York, November 16, 2015

Flooding in York  Photo: North News & Pictures ltd


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