UK weather: third storm in a month to bring more misery in flooded areas

Amy Walker
Photograph: Richard McCarthy/PA

People living in flooded areas are facing more misery as the third storm to hit the UK in a month takes hold over the weekend.

Storm Jorge is expected to batter coastal areas with winds of up to 70mph, while downpours of up to 80mm could fall on already flooded areas.

Yellow Met Office weather warnings are in place for Friday and Saturday, with parts of Wales and northern England likely to see the worst of the rain. The forecaster has warned that further deluges are possible.

The alerts come after police warned people living along the River Severn that they could face another 10 days of flooding misery, a day after water overwhelmed the flood barriers at Ironbridge, in Shropshire, prompting an emergency evacuation.

The Met’s chief meteorologist, Paul Gundersen, said: “This weekend we’ll see another named storm bring strong winds to parts of the UK with several wind and rain warnings in place.

“On Friday a band of rain associated with Storm Jorge will move across the UK – we have issued rain warnings for parts of Wales and northern England, where rain will be heaviest and we could see 60 to 80mm possible over the highest ground.

He added: “South-westerly winds will strengthen through Saturday morning and it’ll turn widely windy except for northern Scotland, with wind warnings in place for Northern Ireland, Wales, southern Scotland and much of England.”

Storm Jorge was named by the Spanish meteorological service and it is convention for other national services to refer to storms by the same name. If the UK Met Office had named the storm, it would have been called Storm Ellen, following alphabetically from Storm Dennis.

Heavy rain across the country in February has left many homes, including in Yorkshire and Wales, as well as in the West Midlands, swamped. A record number of flood warnings were triggered a fortnight ago when Storm Dennis brought the UK to a standstill.

Meanwhile, the trail of destruction left by Storm Ciara, which hit the country over 8 and 9 February 8, is expected to cost up to £200m in insurance claims.