SNOW and 70mph winds will batter Britain as Storm Jorge chaos sparks four days of weather warnings.

Many already flood-hit communities will face more deluge and strong winds over the weekend with heavy snow wind and rain forecast until Monday.






Parts of the country have been swept by horror floods and bitter snow showers with no let up in sight as the Met Office issue four days of yellow warnings.

Forecasters have warned "it's not good news" for flood-hit areas as Storm Jorge will bring further heavy rain and strong winds across the UK over the weekend.

Parts of Wales and northern England could see between 50 to 80mm of rain today alone as the storm hits the UK.

Strong winds are forecast for much of England, Wales and Northern Ireland on Saturday, reaching 70mph in coastal areas and up to 60mph inland.

Met Office forecaster Emma Salter said: "It's not good news I'm afraid, given all the recent rainfall we've had.

"There will be rain first thing in the South West and Wales, with a fairly dry start for most other places.

"That rain in the far South West will move eastwards and it will be raining pretty much everywhere by lunchtime."

The Met Office's chief meteorologist, Paul Gundersen, said further flooding is possible.

A severe "danger to life" flood warning was put in place for the river at the Wharfage in Ironbridge, Shropshire, while 67 flood warnings and 121 flood alerts remain in force today.





Rising waters pushed back the town's temporary flood barriers towards a pub and other businesses, sparking fears that the defences could be fully breached.

The flooding at East Cowick came as fields in the area, holding vast quantities of water from the River Aire, began to overtop.

Emergency services deployed boats to assist with evacuating residents.

And in Shropshire, repairs to buckled flood defences will start later if river levels fall low enough.

The Environment Agency (EA) aims to do the work ahead of Storm Jorge, which is due to hit the country this weekend.

The EA said fields around East Cowick form part of the River Aire washlands, which are eight miles long and expected to store a vast amount of water.


Frank De Planta, from the EA, said: "The tricky bit is more water has come down the Aire than was ever calculated so the washlands have overspilled into Snaith and East Cowick."

Storm Jorge, which was named by Spanish meteorological services, is forecast to track across the North West of the UK throughout the weekend until Monday.

Mr 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.

"We have issued rain warnings for parts of Wales and northern England, where rain will be heaviest and we could see 60-80mm possible over the highest ground."

The Republic of Ireland is expected to face the strongest and most damaging winds, Mr Gunderson said.

Residents in the Worcestershire town of Bewdley were forced to evacuate after the river spilled over barriers at Beales Corner.

And in East Yorkshire, residents were being evacuated from the village of East Cowick after the River Aire broke its banks.

This month is already the second wettest February on record, with the total average rainfall from February 1 to 25 measuring 179.3mm, the Met Office said.

The figure to beat is 193.4mm, which was set in February 1990.




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