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Worcestershire braced for high winds and torrential rain
Updated 4:46pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
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Further to an earlier update, flood alerts have been issued for the river Severn in Worcestershire.
Issued by the Environment Agency, the warnings are an early indicator of possible flooding and covers Bewdley, Worcester, Diglis, Kempsey, and Saxons Lode.
The river is set to peak tomorrow afternoon.
Here's a video from the Met Office showing the path the storm took across the UK:
TWO people have died in the storm across the UK:
AndyR says not though...
10:00am Mon 28 Oct 13
I've just driven down Brickfields Road, and there is definitely no flooding there now. In fact there's barely any large puddles!
Brickfields Road, Worcester, remains the final traffic warning on our website.
Reports of flooding under the railway bridge.
RT @metofficestorms: Peak wind gusts now mostly in the range 30-40 mph in eastern England indicating the worst is now over for southern UK.— @HertsFRSControl 28 October 2013
9:42am Mon 28 Oct 13
aquickstep wrote:Not really!
Despite the scare tactic warnings and the hype that surrounded this weather front..turned out to be a very damp squid for the Midlands area... Thats indicative of how rubbish our Met office are.
On a European scale the difference between the m4 corridor and Worcester is nothing and it could easily have hit us. Our atmosphere is an extremely complex three dimensional fluid environment and even the best climate models are unable to be 100% accurate.
Your simplistic view of weather forecasting is more suited to your own comment!
The latest update from the Met Office:
"The Atlantic storm which has caused disruption across parts of England and Wales this morning has now moved off into the North Sea.
"We expect the most powerful winds and heavy rain associated with the storm to clear eastern areas in the next few hours, after which most parts of the UK will see a bright and breezy day with occasionally heavy, blustery showers.
"The storm developed as expected just off to the south west of the UK last night, before tracking up into the Bristol Channel in the early hours of the morning.
"It then tracked across the Midlands, moving off into the North Sea just to the north of East Anglia later in the morning. As the storm moved across, it brought exceptionally strong winds and heavy rain with it – causing widespread impacts.
"Now the storm has cleared through, we are expecting typically unsettled autumn weather over the next couple of days – with some bright spells, mixed in with showers or longer periods of rain and breezy conditions."
A 17-year-old girl has been killed after a tree fell on to a static home in Edenbridge, according to Kent Police.
While we can sit smugly and ask 'what storm?', let's just remember we only just missed the worst of it.
This is in Hornsey, north London.
Flood alert in place for Barbourne Brook, but looks like we've escaped the worst of #ukstormWorcester City Council
Flood alert in place for Barbourne Brook, but looks like we've escaped the worst of #ukstorm http://t.co/zKGLpRKYFP— @myworcester 28 October 2013
Batsford Arboretum is open today despite the heavy weather:
"The beautiful tree collection at Batsford Arboretum appears to have escaped relatively unscathed from last night’s storm.
"Head Gardener Matthew Hall says despite the rough conditions, most of the trees appear to be undamaged – and much of the autumn colour is still looking good, with plenty more to come over the next few weeks."
Our services are being disrupted due to current weather conditions, please check http://t.co/WcV3ALDtFC for individual cancellations— @FGW 28 October 2013
RT @FloodAlerts: 17 Flood Warning and 142 Flood Alerts on the Map #Floodaware http://t.co/MalozEwgqC http://t.co/XcEyegPVQQ— @floodmary 28 October 2013
You should be fine tomorrow.
8:03am Mon 28 Oct 13
can anyone let me know what the state of the roads are on the motorways going to Worcester and the a44 going towards London road please as ment to be traveling down there by car tomorrow thank you
@NRE_FirstGW Any news on trains from Worcester to London Paddington? The 10.05 we planned to get is cancelled, but the 8.26 ran?— @oliverhood 28 October 2013
Around 6,000 homes in the south west are now without power, according to power firms.
And the strongest winds recorded at 8am give a good indication of where the storm has hit worst:
Langdon Bay, Kent, 82mph
Andrewsfield, Essex, 79mph
Manston, Kent, 70mph
Walton-on-Naze, Essex, 68mph
Shoeburyness, Essex, 62mph
#UKstorm 06:49 Worcester Shrub Hill to Weymouth due 11:03 will now run as scheduled. This train will now run as scheduled.— @FGW 28 October 2013
A weather update from Worcestershire County Council this morning:
"According to the Met Office, conditions are now improving across the western half of England and while there is still more rain to come, the risk from very strong winds has now passed for the Midlands. However, there is still a risk of surface water and localised flooding this morning.
"Worcestershire County Council have been monitoring conditions over the weekend and additional highways teams, including gulley emptiers and tree removal contractors, have been on standby ready to work whenever necessary. Key flooding 'hotspots' and Ford crossings were also checked ahead of the storm."
Road closure: C2191 The Greenway, Rock, is closed this morning due to a fallen tree - for further updates http://t.co/1OzrNrx49e— @worcscc 28 October 2013
Here's the latest weather forecast for Worcester - more rain expected, which doesn't bode well for those flood warnings...
Further afield, Dover port is closed, and around 150 flights have been cancelled from Heathrow. Check if you're travelling today.
#UKstorm 08:26 Worcester Foregate Street to London Paddington due 11:00. This train will be starting late from Worcester Foregate Street.— @FGW 28 October 2013
RT @hurstyandhelen: #ukstorm latest for #Herefordshire & #Worcestershire: the worst of the wind seems to have missed us but there's still l…— @feakins25 28 October 2013
The Environment Agency has also issued flood warnings for the river Severn in Worcestershire, with the peak expected on Wednesday.
The amber alert is still in place from the Met Office, until around noon, with those gusts of 70mph still signposted.
RT @DaveThroupEA: Flood Alert - Barbourne Brook #worcester Rising quickly as a result of overnight rain. http://t.co/ME2sMT3tnO— @ac_wcfc 28 October 2013
Here's the advice round-up from today's Worcester News:
@LondonMidland 07.06 Worcester Shrub Hill to Birmingham New Street left Worcester on time.— @sjwilmshurst2 28 October 2013
There are around 2,000 homes without power across the south west, although the situation is worse in the south and south east, with around 40,000 homes said to be waking up to power cuts.
Rail users are also expected to face disruption this morning.
Robin Gisby, network operations managing director for Network Rail, said: "This will impact up to Birmingham and up to Nottingham and the Midlands.
"If we get through this in the morning, restore the service during the afternoon and are able to start up a good service on Tuesday morning, in the circumstances I'll be pretty pleased."
We currently have travel alerts for the following roads due to the heavy rain:
- A44, Chadbury: Surface water
- Brickfields Road, Brickfields, Worcester: Flooding
- Tolladine Road, Worcester: Surface water
- A44, Worcester: Surface water
- B4550, Rainbow Hill, Worcester: Surface water
- A4133, School Bank, Ombersley: Flooding
Good morning. St Jude's Storm, as it has been dubbed, is hitting the UK this morning, causing problems for commuters and households across southern England.
In Worcestershire, standing water is currently the main problem.
Water in New Road, Worcester, is already very high, which will cause some delays.
Let us know if you've been affected by the bad weather this morning and we'll bring you any updates on the situation.
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