Flooding, torrential rain and strong winds will hit Britain again this week as Storm Ciaran hits the country with more than five centimeters of rain and gusts of 90mph.
Weather warnings for further disruption are in effect until Thursday as communities continue to clean up the devastation caused by Storm Babet just over a week ago.
The Met Office said it would remain uncertain this week before a deep low pressure area brings strong winds and heavy rain to southern England and Wales.
Up to 60mm of rain is expected to fall between 6pm on Wednesday and the end of Thursday, with wind gusts of up to 60mph inland and 90mph on the south coast.
The Environment Agency has activated 75 flood warnings and 196 flood alerts across England, while the Scottish Environment Agency has 13 warnings and 11 alarms. Natural Resources Wales has issued three warnings and 17 alarms.
Severe weather is also affecting rail services, with ScotRail trains between Inverness and Wick suspended and LNER trains between Edinburgh and Aberdeen suspended until midday.
In Cornwall, high tides and heavy rain flooded and blocked the Great Western Railway line between Liskeard and Looe, while on the Isle of Wight there will be no trains running until at least Thursday due to flooding that left the main Ryde tunnel submerged.
Flooded fields near Dorchester in Dorset are pictured today after the River Frome burst its banks
A park at Christchurch Quay in Dorset is flooded today after the River Stour burst its banks
The Riverside Caravan Center in Bognor Regis which was flooded following heavy rain in the area
Last night there was severe flooding on the streets of Looe in Cornwall following a massive flood
Today the Met Office has put an 18-hour yellow rain warning in force for southeast England, covering parts of Sussex, Hampshire and Kent until 6pm this evening.
There are also three rain warnings for Northern Ireland – the first until 12pm today, the second from 4pm today until 3pm tomorrow and the third from 6pm tomorrow until 9am on Wednesday.
Northern Ireland Police said today that road users “have been advised to reduce speed and drive with particular caution given today’s wet road conditions”, adding: “Continued heavy rain has resulted in surface water and road flooding in many areas.”
There was also a Met Office overnight warning for South West Wales until this morning, but it expired at 9am.
As Storm Ciaran moves in, there is a yellow rain warning for southern England and south Wales from 6pm on Wednesday until the end of Thursday.
There is also an 18-hour yellow wind warning for a similar region from midnight on Thursday until 6pm that day.
Meteorologists expect heavy rain or showers to affect large parts of the UK from late Wednesday, with the highest rainfall expected in southern and western areas.
Up to 1 inch (25 mm) of rain is possible “fairly widespread, and particularly over high ground”, where up to 2.4 inches (60 mm) could fall within the warning period.
The Met Office said the incoming rain could cause disruption to roads and public transport, adding: “Fast-flowing or deep flooding is possible, posing a threat to life.”
Flooding occurred across Sussex over the weekend, including at Priory Meadow shopping center in Hastings, which was evacuated on Saturday. People posted on social media that deep floodwaters were flowing through the entrance.
Yesterday, a caravan park in Bognor Regis was also under water and the car park of the town’s Tesco supermarket was flooded.
In Looe, Cornwall, the sea poured into the shopping streets on Saturday evening and locals found new ways to get around. “What surprised me was the depth.” [of the water] “Even with rubber boots you couldn’t get past Looe,” said Teresa Appleton, 61.
Down by the coast in Mevagissey, a guest at the Ship Inn filmed fish swimming around his ankles as the tide lapped around the bar – although even that wasn’t enough to slow down business, according to the local coastguard.
Littlehampton in West Sussex was hit by a suspected tornado on Saturday evening, with the roof of a house completely ripped off.
Resident Naomi Theobold told BBC Sussex: “All you could see was rain and flying debris.” “Our trampoline was in someone else’s garden, other neighbors’ cars were damaged and walls in front gardens also collapsed.”
At the other end of the country, businesses in Lanchester, County Durham, including the local pharmacy and a carpet shop, were counting costs yesterday after heavy rain caused major flooding overnight.
Flooding was also reported from Dorset to Essex.
Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said: “There have been various warnings across the UK in recent days and many more will be issued over the next few days.”
“The focus of heavy showers will be over parts of south and southeast England, south Wales and parts of Northern Ireland, with some heavy and sudden showers also expected.”
He said tomorrow was expected to remain unsettled but calmer before strong winds and extended periods of rain develop as Storm Ciaran arrives overnight Wednesday into Thursday.
He said: “Some exposed southern areas may experience gusts of 80 to 90mph. ‘It’s probably a pretty bad storm this time.’
Kate Marks, flood defense manager at the Environment Agency, said: “We urge people to stay safe on the coast and take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades.”
“Flooding of low lying coastal roads is also possible and people must avoid driving through flood water as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.”
She said people should check their flood risk, sign up for free flood warnings and keep up to date with the current situation on the government website and X.
Chris Almond, deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Winds associated with Storm Ciaran are likely to develop gusts of 80mph along the south coast of England, with a small risk of this occurring in an exposed location 90 mph can be seen, and winds could blow even further than 50 or 60 mph.” Inland.
“This deep low pressure system will also bring heavy rain across much of the UK, but the heaviest rain is expected in southern and western areas, with 20 to 25mm across the region, but possibly up to 40 to 60mm over higher ground Terrain.”
TODAY: Rain warnings are in effect for Northern Ireland, south west Wales and south east England
TOMORROW: Two Met Office weather warnings for rain are in effect for Northern Ireland
WEDNESDAY: Rain warnings are in effect for Northern Ireland, southern England and south Wales
THURSDAY: Rain warnings and wind warnings cover southern England and Wales on Thursday
“Heavy and persistent rain will fall on already saturated ground, bringing the risk of further impacts such as: B. Flooding in areas that are already struggling to recover from the heavy rains we have seen over the last week.”
Meanwhile, most ScotRail train services are starting to return to normality today after more than a week of severe disruption.
David Simpson, ScotRail’s service delivery director, said: “The vast majority of services will run as usual on Monday and we look forward to welcoming passengers who want to benefit from our full-day off-peak trial.”
“Our top priority is always the safety of customers and staff and we only carry out services when we are absolutely certain that the lines are safe.”
“We thank customers, particularly those in the north of the country, for their understanding and patience in the face of the extreme weather conditions.”
“Customers are advised to check before traveling by visiting the ScotRail website, app or social media channels.”
Several roads in Aberdeenshire remained closed yesterday due to the ongoing flood chaos.
The Highland Council had to close Golspie Promenade because the force of the tidal waves was so strong that it washed away the railings along the beach.
The cleanup following Storm Babet is expected to cost more than £500 million, with the Chartered Institute of Insurers last week predicting the bill for storm-related damage would be the highest yet.