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Met Office warn overnight rain could bring disruption across southern England and wales as yellow weather warning issued
Heavy overnight rain could bring disruption to transport across the south of England and Wales, forecasters have warned.
The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for rain from 6pm on Tuesday until 10am on Wednesday.
Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said the wet weather meant there was ‘potential for travel delays and poor driving conditions’ on Wednesday morning.
He added: ‘There could be a lot of spray on the roads and some difficult driving conditions as we start Wednesday morning. There could be some delays to public transport as well.’
The forecaster said the weather was more ‘typical’ for October than that of Storm Babet, adding that the storm was ‘thankfully long gone’.
Mr Snell said: ‘It could be a bit of a tricky rush hour, first thing, but the rain will move out of the way and it will certainly be nowhere near on the scale of what we’ve seen further north.’
The forecaster said that much of the south coast of England and south Wales was likely to receive 15-25mm of rain.
He added that some areas along the Bristol Channel and English Channel could receive 50-60mm of rainfall, but this ‘would be very localised’.
On Tuesday evening, the Met Office extended its yellow weather warning area west and north west across parts of south Wales and south-west England.
It also moved it south in the South East, removing most of East Anglia from the warning area.
In its warning, the weather service predicts that bus and train services will probably be affected ‘with journey times taking longer’.
It also states that the flooding of a few homes and businesses is ‘likely’.
At least seven people are now thought to have died in incidents related to Storm Babet, while hundreds were forced to flee their homes in Scotland and north-east England.
About 1,250 properties in England flooded during the storm, according to the Environment Agency.
A total of 13 areas broke their daily rainfall records for October last week, including sites in Suffolk, South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Wiltshire, Kincardineshire, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Northumberland, Derbyshire and Humberside, the Met Office said.
Tim Farron urges Therese Coffey to ‘get a grip’ over difficulty preparing for eastern rain
Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrats’ environment spokesman, urged Ms Coffey to ‘get a grip’ and ‘stop blaming everyone else for her failings’ following her comments about rain arriving from the east.
He said: ‘This is a new low for an Environment Secretary that cannot help but say or do the wrong thing.
‘Therese Coffey blaming the wind for the Government’s failure to protect homes from flooding would almost be comical if so many had not suffered so deeply at the hands of her incompetence.
‘Coffey needs to get a grip, stop blaming everyone else for her failings and come forward with the plan to ensure that families across the country are not left defenceless against flooding.’
New Met Office forecast for tomorrow shows rain, wind and temperatures reaching highs of up to 13C
The Met Office have released a new forecast showing heavy rain in parts of the UK tomorrow.
Temperatures in the south coast will reach hights of 13C tomorrow afternoon.
South of England and Wales gears up for heavy rain this evening, say Met Office
The Met Office have offered a forecast update warning those on the south coasts of England and Wales to gear up for heavy rain this evening.
On X, formerly Twitter, the forecaster wrote: ‘Rain is now gathering across the English Channel and southwest England and this will become heavier and more widespread across south Wales and southern England through this evening.’
Environment Secretary Therese Coffey risked mockery today as she appeared to blame the wrong sort of rain for devastating floods following Storm Babet.
During a quizzing by MPs, the Cabinet minister suggested Britain was less prepared for recent downpours because the rain came from the East and not the West.
‘This was rain coming from the other way and we don’t have quite as much experience on that,’ Ms Coffey told the House of Commons’ Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee this afternoon.
Light rain and some sunny spells forecast tomorrow, with scattered showers across the UK until Friday
Light rain is expected across much of eastern Scotland through the morning and the afternoon tomrrow, however the majority of the UK will see dry and pleasant conditions with even a few sunny spells.
Some early morning showers are expected in south-east England on Wednedsay Patchy cloud with mainly gentle winds alongside.
Wednedsay night will be mostly overcast through the night, with the odd clear spell over parts of south-east England. Rain will be persistent for Wales and South West England, with showers turning heavy and even thundery over these areas after midnight. Light rain over parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Gentle winds
The outlook across the UK is a wet and cloudy day forecast for tomorrow, with scattered showers across the UK, sometimes becoming locally heavy.
The odd burst of light showers on Friday however rain will be persistent across most parts of Scotland. A fairly pleasant evening on Friday for the South with light to moderate winds
Man who died after his car was swept away has been described as ‘kind, loyal and hardworking’
A man who died after his car was swept away in water near Marykirk, Aberdeenshire, on Friday during Storm Babet has been named as Peter Pelling.
A search was launched after police received a report of a man within a vehicle trapped in floodwater at around 3am on Friday October 20.
A body and vehicle were recovered on Monday October 23.
In a statement released through Police Scotland, Mr Pelling’s family said: ‘Peter was a very kind, loyal and hardworking man. He was a much-loved son, brother, uncle, partner and friend. Our family are absolutely devastated by this horrific and tragic accident.
‘We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the first responders and all of the emergency services teams involved in what was a particularly challenging rescue, due to the weather and environmental factors surrounding the incident. Their continued efforts over the past few days have been so greatly appreciated.’
Police said there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
Environment Agency Chair visits storm-hit Rotherham to survey damage
PICTURED: Derbyshire homes destroyed by Storm Babet
Conservative Member of Senedd criticises local response to floods
Member of Senedd Janet Finch-Saunders branded said branded the response to Storm babet as ‘shocking’.
Speaking in the chamber she said ‘there was no joined up plan’ in Conwy. She added that there was confusion for residents in terms of sandbags and how to get them.
‘It really was a chaotic scene. Now, for us in Llandudno of course, ths brought back horrible memories of 1993 when the waters met across the whole bay,’ she said.
Ms Finch-Saunders demanded an imediate flooding statement from the Minister for Climate Change Julie James.
She added: ‘There has to be a plan in place and these emergencies services need to be knowing what they are doing at any particular time.
‘And so that we has elected members can actually communicate with our residents.’
Rotherham Council ‘overwhelmed’ with donations for those affected by floods
Lorries travel up the A90 to restock shelves with milk, bread and vegetables in North East of Scotland
Many shops across Aberdeenshire had empty sheleves over the weekend.
Deliveries weren’t possible due to damaged roads and the A90 being shut.
However, this morning lorries started to make their way up the reopened road.
The shelves have now been restocked with milk, bread, fruit and vegetables.
Dundee Council seeking financial support for further flood prevention
A senior Dundee Councillor has written to the First Minister seeking funding for further flood prevention in the city in the wake of Storm Babet.
The storm caused widespread damage across the city, including flooding to homes and other properties in a number of communities.
As the recovery operation continues, Convener of Fair Work, Economic Growth and Infrastructure, Steven Rome, is seeking financial support to put in place measures which will ‘future-proof’ areas vulnerable to flooding.
In his letter to First Minister Humza Yusaf, Cllr Rome spoke of the ‘unforeseeable and unprecedented’ damage caused in areas such as Claverhouse.
‘This has been absolutely devastating for residents,’ he wrote.
He added: ‘I note the recent commitment for additional funding for flood prevention improvements in Brechin and would request that funding be made available to help future-proof vulnerable areas throughout Dundee from further devastation and to assist with the repair of damaged infrastructure.
‘Can you please confirm that Dundee City Council will be able to access funding to take forward flood prevention measures in the area specifically affected by Storm Babet?’
Northamptonshire fire crews rescue 15 residents from flooded homes
Historic landscapes, houses and gardens have seen destruction, National Trust says
Storm Babet caused destruction across historic landscapes, houses and gardens throughout the spine of England, the National Trust said.
Damage assessments are continuing today after persisten and heavy rainfall.
The trust runs Cragside in Northumberland, which was the first house to be powered by hydro-electricity.
Rising water levels overwhelmed the Victorian powerhouse and partially submerged the dynamos and turbines.
At the nearby Wallington Estate, beavers were released in the summer and their welfare has been checked after water levels rose significantly on a tributary that runs through their enclosure.
High winds blew a stone ball off one of its garden gates and toppled a sessile oak tree planted around 270 years ago.
Harry Bowell, head of land and nature, said: ‘We recognise we need to adapt our places to cope with the likelihood of these extreme weather events – and we are already doing that through establishing trees and woodlands, restoring peatlands to hold more water in our landscapes, particularly upland areas – and through our work to reconnect rivers with their floodplains to create new areas of wetland to again help hold the water back in times of heavy and persistent rainfall.
‘It is now more important than ever that we play our part to adapt to our changing weather patterns as well as implementing more measures to tackle climate change.
‘But we also need more urgent and wide-ranging investment and action to address these issues by governments and leaders across the country.’
Met Office update: Rain for all parts of the UK in the coming days
PICTURED: The Camp House Inn at Grimley, Worcestershire, completely flooded for the second time this year
A 130-year-old football club’s future is uncertain following flood damage
The future of 130-year-old Boldon Football Club is uncertain following extensive flood damage to its grounds.
The club in northeast England is currently unable to hold games or training sessions because strong gusts of winds have taken down its fencing.
Repair costs are expected to be in the thousands, but the club – which dates back to 1982 – is unsure how it will pay for the work.
Local volunteers have rallied to do what they can to help the club, with teas, coffees and biscuits offered to those giving their time.
Environment Agency warns motorists not to drive through flood water
The Environment Agency has put out a warning to people not to drive through flood water.
In a post to X, it said: ‘Just one eggcup of water can wreck your engine.’
The agency also said vehicles which wade through the murky water and create waves can cause flooding to nearby properties and harm pedestrians.
Substantial flood damage to Museum of Making, causing it to close indefinitely
The Museum of Making based at Derby’s Silk Mill has said it doesn’t know when it will be able to re-open.
Tony Butler, from Derby Museums, told the BBC they were waiting for insurers to assess the damage.
In a post to X, the museum said it was ‘devastated’ by the floods.
The nearby River Derwent overflowed causing water to seep into the museum’s ground floor.
Flooding in Derbyshire led to 1,700 evacuations, council says
Following heavy rainfall over the weekend, around 1,700 homes were evacuated, Derbyshire County Council has confirmed.
Last week, the county saw a record-breaking daily rainfall for October as 200 roads were closed.
Further flooding could occurr with a yellow weather warning in place until 4pm today.
Drone footage shows the devastating affect the storm has had on the village of Sandiacre which is submerged in water.
Watchdog probe over flood victim’s death
Derbyshire Constabulary says it has made a mandatory referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) after the death of a woman in her home during Storm Babet.
Maureen Gilbert, 83, was found at her home in Tapton Terrace, Chesterfield, last Saturday. She was found after officers, with colleagues from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and East Midlands Ambulance Service, arrived at her property at about 10.35am.
Derbyshire Constabulary says inquiries are still ongoing into the circumstances of her death, but it had referred itself to the IOPC due to officers being involved with the evacuation of homes in the area on Friday.
Ms Gilbert’s family have been made aware of the referral and are being kept up to date with the investigation into her death, the force said.
A man whose family home was destroyed by flooding in Storm Babet said he thought he was going to die when he awoke in the early hours to find water ‘pouring in’.
Jake Seath, 27, a former graphic designer, woke up at 5am on Friday in his home on Heron Rise, Claverhouse, Dundee, ‘to people outside shouting and screaming’.
His home, which had been his grandmother’s and in which he had lived since he was 16, was taking in water. After escaping with his partner and dog, two suitcases and a rucksack, Mr Seath said his ‘whole life’ was gone.
He told said: ‘I woke up at 5am to people outside shouting and screaming – I looked and where my French windows are, the water began pouring in. It was maybe a foot, two feet high, and it was right up to the windows. I thought ‘dear god, I don’t know what I’m meant to do’.
‘The carpet was soaked and the water started getting higher and faster, and the water poured into the plug sockets and the fuse blew, so we were in the pitch black and it’s five in the morning and I just started shaking. I thought ‘this is it, I’m going to die’, because the water’s getting higher and higher and I can’t move.’
Read the full story from the PA news agency on MailOnline by clicking here
Anger in Retford over lack of preparation
Residents in a Nottinghamshire town hit hard by floods caused by Storm Babet have said they are angered by the lack of action taken to protect them and their homes.
Homeowners in Darrel Road in Retford were evacuated in the early hours of Saturday morning due to rising water from the nearby River Idle.
Some have since returned to their water-damaged properties but have said more should have been done to protect against the elements.
Kevin Maunder (pictured), 72, said it had flooded almost every year of the 48 he had lived in the street but this year was the worst he had seen, with the grandfather of four raising concerns for the future and the impact of climate change.
He said: ‘This year has been the worst year there’s ever been. It’s the first year it’s come across the road, but it’s progressively over the last number of years gotten worse, it’s come higher and higher up into the houses opposite and onto the street.
Mr Maunder also raised concerns over raw sewage in the water and suggested many residents may have to disinfect their homes before returning to them.
Read the full story from the PA news agency on MailOnline by clicking here
£32,000 for residents of flood-hit Brechin
More than £32,000 has been raised by wellwishers to help residents of flood-hit Brechin.
A GoFundMe page set up by Brechin Flood Relief has so far raised £32,369 to help families who were not covered by insurance, and one person even offered an empty flat for people left homeless.
An anonymous donor gave £2,500. The gym at Brechin Community Campus was ‘half full’ of items donated to help families in need.
Roads reopen in Scotland after Storm Babet
Roads are now beginning to reopen after Storm Babet hit Scotland.
The A90, between Forfar and Brechin, Angus, has been reopened in both directions from Dundee to Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, under a contraflow, after engineers were able to examine two ‘high-risk’ structures hit by the storm.
Wild weather caused considerable erosion of the bridge at Finavon, carrying the A90 over the River South Esk, and a contraflow traffic management system was introduced to enable safe crossing until repairs are completed.
Two roads in Brechin remain shut today, including River Street which was devastated by flooding, and several unclassified roads in rural Angus are closed.
The A937 to Marykirk remains shut after being at the epicentre of the severe flood warning, and the A92 bridge north of Montrose, Angus, is also closed.
In Brechin, East Mill Road is shut, along with the A933 at Brechin Bridge while the B9134 Forfar to Brechin road has yet to reopen, and several rural roads are shut.
What happened in the M4 Storm Babet crash?
Cheryl Woods, 61, and her daughter Sarha Smith, 40, from Caerphilly, South Wales, died following a five-vehicle crash on the M4 last Friday, which is believed to have been weather-related, as severe wind and rain swept across the country.
Four cars and an HGV were involved in the collision on the eastbound carriageway of the M4 between junction 17 for Chippenham and junction 18 for Bath at approximately 9.10am that day.
Two other people involved in the collision sustained minor injuries and were treated by paramedics. The crash scene is pictured last Friday:
Clear-up in Catcliffe after flood evacuations
Clear-ups are underway in Catcliffe, South Yorkshire – where 132 homes were evacuated amid flooding – with residents surveying damage to their homes today.
Farm floods for second time in four years
A farm in Lincolnshire has flooded again – four years after it was deluged by 15ft of water for month after the Barlings Eau burst its banks.
Henry Ward’s farm was left underwater for three months in 2019 causing him to lose £80,000 after the river flooded following torrential downpours.
The Environment Agency has spent about £5million plugging the breach in the river bank and carrying out repairs. Now, due to heavy rain brought by Storm Babet, it has flooded again, with the land 7ft underwater ahead of more downpours today.
Henry, who took over the farm from his father, Joe Ward, a couple of months before the last flood in 2019, said: ‘The flooding is much more widespread this time and there are a lot of farms in a similar position to us. The river bank topped late Friday night and the water is 7ft deep in the worst hit places. In 2019 the river bank burst, but this time it hasn’t burst so the flooding is not on quite the same scale.
‘But I’m concerned as there is one vulnerable section of the river bank where it is over-topping still and running through the bank and there is a slip on one side. We had more rain yesterday and more is expected today so I’m worried that it’s only a matter of time before the bank goes.’
Fire service issues tips for driving in rain
Humberside Fire and Rescue has issued a series of tips for drivers amid concerns over more rain across the region today.
Elizabethan mansion’s gates are destroyed
The gates of an Elizabethan mansion in Newbury, Berkshire, were destroyed during Storm Babet after being hit by a coach which was carrying wedding guests.
The pillars and finials at the Grade I-listed Shaw House were also knocked over in the crash on Saturday, with the area now cordoned off.
Nobody was hurt in the crash and it is not clear if the weather had an impact on the crash. Here, West Berkshire Council has posted pictures of the destruction:
Shropshire MP highlights flooding in county
Helen Morgan, the Liberal Democrat MP for North Shropshire, raised the problem of flooding with environment minister Rebecca Pow in the Commons yesterday.
She has now posted a video on X of her exchange with Ms Pow:
Defra will investigate Storm Babet flooding
Defra has just posted a video of environment minister Rebecca Pow telling the House of Commons yesterday that investigations are expected into the flooding.
She said local flood authorities will decide whether to initiate section 19 inquiries under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, noting: ‘I know that will happen in Horncastle and is being considered in other areas.’
Ms Pow also said: “We estimate approximately 42,000 homes in England have been protected which otherwise might have been flooded during this incident.’
Flooded resident will ‘live in fear’ of rain
Marcela Farr, the mother who returned to her flooded home in the South Yorkshire village of Catcliffe, spoke about how she will ‘live in fear’ whenever it rains again.
She told the Mirror: ‘Where is everybody to help us? Nobody is helping us, we’ve just been left on our own. I’m left without anything, just the clothes we were wearing.
‘Now I am going to live in fear every time it rains, I am not going to be able to sell the house. It’s going to be a nightmare from now on. Our insurance is going to sky high.
‘We are all very disappointed that we didn’t get any help. They are supposed to be there helping us, they didn’t even offer us a drink or anything, other locals did.
‘It’s outrageous, we are fuming that we have been left on our own with children and nowhere to go.’
Ms Farr’s friend Wioleta Michalska has now started a GoFundMe page to raise funds for essentials they need such as food, clothes and toiletries as well as items for children and pets. It has already raised more than £1,000 and has a £5,000 target.
Mother’s home is destroyed by flooding
This is the moment that a single mother broke down in tears as she returned to her home to find it had been devastated by flooding during Storm Babet.
Marcela Farr, 40, was evacuated by fire crews early on Saturday morning who rowed her to safety from her property in the South Yorkshire village of Catcliffe.
Her house was among up to 250 properties evacuated in the area near Rotherham after water breached the River Rother and appeared to be up to 6ft (2m) deep.
Ms Farr endured an emotional return to her home yesterday, having just decorated it for Halloween for her seven-year-old daughter Maya before the flooding.
The mother found her sofa upturned and the radiator coming off the wall after 4ft (1.2m) of floodwater including sewage had swept through the ground floor.
Met Office UK weather forecast this afternoon
The Met Office has just issued this update, saying longer spells of rain are expected for many areas this afternoon, particularly in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire:
Tribute and first picture of M4 crash victims
Two women who died following a collision on the M4 on Friday during Storm Babet have been named as mother and daughter Cheryl Woods, 61, and Sarha Smith, 40.
Their family have paid the following tribute, issued via Wiltshire Police today:
‘Cheryl Woods, cherished by those in her life, fulfilled the roles of a loving mother, doting grandmother, cherished sister, and a dear friend. Her selflessness was a defining trait, consistently prioritising her family’s well-being over her own, and she took immense pride in her Welsh heritage while nurturing a deep love for nature.
‘Sarha Smith, in the footsteps of her mother, unselfishly devoted herself to her family’s needs ahead of her own. She was not only a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, but her absence leaves a void for those who relied on her radiant presence. Her legacy lives on through her six daughters, who will forever hold her memory close and strive to honour her with their efforts.’
Breaking: M4 storm crash victims named
Two women who died following a collision on the M4 on Friday during Storm Babet have just been named by Wiltshire Police as mother and daughter Cheryl Woods, 61, and Sarha Smith, 40, of Caerphilly, South Wales.
Met Office map reveals London warning area
The Met Office has released a new map showiong the rain warning for London and South East England, which begins at 6pm today and runs until 10am tomorrow:
Photos show flooded allotments in Retford
Debris and flood water are pictured today at allotments in Retford, Nottinghamshire, after Storm Babet passed through the area causing major damage.
Met Office warns of London transport delays
The new Met Office yellow weather warning for rain covers London and has warned of the following impacts on transport and properties from 6pm tonight:
- Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer
- Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer
- Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely
Details on new Met Office warning for London
The Met Office has now issued a new yellow weather warning for rain in London, South East England and into parts of the South West.
The warning – which will run from 6pm today until 10am tomorrow – said that ‘rain, heavy at times, is likely to cause some flooding and disruption in a few places’.
Scattered showers will become ‘more frequent and increasingly organised into a longer spell of rain’ this evening before gradually clearing eastward tomorrow.
Some 15mm (0.6in) to 25mm (1in) of rain is expected fairly widely but the Met Office said there is a chance that 50mm (2in) to 60mm (2.4in) could fall in a few places.
Forecasters added that these higher accumulations are more likely across east Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey and west Kent. Here is a map of the warning area:
Breaking: New rain warning for London
The Met Office has just issued a new rain warning for London and South East England, running from 6pm today until 10am tomorrow. More to follow.
Bishop of Hereford prays for flood-hit Britons
Bishop of Hereford, the Right Reverend Richard Jackson, has issued a statement on Storm Babet, saying this his ‘prayers are with all those who have been affected’
He added: ‘Whilst we are not presently aware of our churches being flooded, the damage to the communities they serve has been awful.’
Breaking: Rain warning today is updated
The Met Office has just updated its weather warning for today, saying the Derby and Nottingham area is now no longer expected to see significant rainfall today and the southern boundary of the warning has therefore been moved north:
Puppy braves high winds in Storm Babet
This is the cute moment a puppy braved the high winds of Storm Babet.
Cocker spaniel Mylo, one, stood strong as the gusts blew on Balmedie beach, north of Aberdeen.
Owner Euan Duff, a 34-year-old camera operator, videoed the dog during a walk on Thursday. He said he went out despite the bad weather as Mylo and his other cocker spaniel Poppy, four, would have gone ‘crazy’.
Mr Duff, of Blackburn, Aberdeenshire, said: ‘The girls are two working spaniels. They are very good with the weather. If you don’t take them out they go crazy.
‘It was rainy and windy but we were on the sand dunes where we were well protected. Where we live we were lucky that we were sheltered from the winds and flooding. We have been very lucky but we know people who haven’t been so lucky.’
Video shows pumps in action in Fishlake
The Environment Agency has posted this video of its pumps in action in Fishlake near Doncaster in South Yorkshire today:
Steve Reed tells of ‘heartbreaking’ flooding
Shadow Environment Secretary Steve Reed visted Retford in Nottinghamshire yesterday and said it was ‘heartbreaking’ to see the damage inflicted by flooding:
Environment Agency: ‘Situation is improving’
Reports of floods to the Environment Agency reached the highest level since 2015/16 at the peak of Storm Babet as 1,250 properties in England flooded
And the agency has just issued an update, saying that the ‘situation is improving’ – although there are still 79 warnings and 91 alerts in place for the country:
BBC reporter visits flood-hit Retford
Water levels in the Nottinghamshire town of Retford – where 500 people were evacuated when the River Trent overflowed on Sunday – have continued to rise.
BBC Breakfast had this report from Charlotte Leeming in the town this morning:
Which areas suffered the most rainfall?
Waterside Perth saw a provisional total of 203.6mm (8in) of rain fall between midnight on Thursday and 6pm on Saturday, while Invermark saw 178.2mm (7in) and Charr in Kincardineshire had 183.6mm (7.2in), the Met Office said.
The average October rainfall in Angus is 124.79mm (4.9in) and it is 115.57mm (4.6in) in Kincardineshire. Here is a map showing where the most rain was recorded:
Village is cut off due to submerged roads
Earlier, we brought you news that residents living in the Nottinghamshire village of Holme cannot leave due to flooding.
We’re now hearing from BBC Radio Nottingham that roads leading to the village are submerged and the village has therefore been completely cut off.
A statement issued by Newark and Sherwood District Council this morning said: ‘Access into the village of Holme is currently not possible by car.
‘Emergency services are liaising with residents and continue to monitor the situation. At this time there are no concerns that properties are at risk of flooding.’
Here is a post from BBC Radio Nottingham reporter Rob Rose showing the flooding:
Why is a weather warning in place today?
The Met Office has a yellow weather warning for rain in place for parts of the East Midlands and Yorkshire today, which began at 3am and runs until 4pm.
More than 50mm (2in) of rain could fall and bring more flooding to already-saturated areas. Here is what the Met Office has said to expect:
- Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
- Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services
- There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings
- There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life
- There is a small chance that some communities will become cut off by flooded roads
Therese Coffey will be questioned at 2.30pm
Environment Secretary Therese Coffey will be questioned later today by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee following Storm Babet.
She will be asked about flood preparedness and coastal erosion as part of the discussion about the work of Defra, which is set to begin at 2.30pm.
Fears for farmers after extremely wet harvest
The National Farming Union has called on the Government to take action on water management, with many farmers seeing next year’s crops rotting underwater.
The organisation said a ‘comprehensive water management strategy is urgently needed to improve flood resilience, including adequate investment’.
There are concerns that the extremely wet 2023 harvest has hit farmers even harder in the pocket, given that it was the most expensive crop ever grown due to inflation.
NFU deputy president Tom Bradshaw said: ‘We are seeing desperate scenes across the country with many areas experiencing devastating flooding. Sadly, lives have been lost and our thoughts are with those families affected. We’re hearing desperate stories from many of our members who are struggling to get crops out of the ground from this season or are still to plant autumn crops for next year.
‘Those crops that are in the ground are likely to rot meaning the output and profitability of next year’s harvest is already seriously compromised, building on an unprecedented year in terms of weather and cost.’
Environment Secretary Therese Coffey faced the wrath of angry residents yesterday as she visited flood-hit areas in Nottinghamshire in the wake of Storm Babet.
The Cabinet minister endured a rough reception from locals in Retford as they quizzed her over the Government’s action on flood prevention.
In one tense exchange filmed by Sky News , Lucy Rose told Ms Coffey her property is ‘not a home anymore, it’s just a shell’.
Read the full story from MailOnline’s political correspondent Greg Heffer:
Lib Dems want Cobra meeting on flooding
The Liberal Democrats have called on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to convene an emergency Cobra (Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms) meeting about the floods.
Wendy Chamberlain, Lib Dem MP for North East Fife, said: ‘Thousands of lives have been changed this weekend as a result of Storm Babet. Homes have been destroyed and lives have been lost, yet this Government has still not taken action.
‘Rishi Sunak must call a Cobra meeting immediately. Any delay could have a devastating impact on those already displaced and whose lives have been turned upside down following this storm.
‘The Government cannot delay any further, a robust recovery plan needs to be put in place immediately to ensure those affected can begin rebuilding their lives.’
Roads closed in Lincolnshire due to flooding
Lincolnshire is another area that has been badly hit by flooding following Storm Babet. Lincolnshire County Counil has just issued an updated list of roads closed due to flooding, including the following. For the full list, click on the X post below:
- Waterloo Lane, Skellingthorpe
- B1399 Lincoln Road, Fulnetby
- Barff Lane, Glentham
- B1399/A158, Bullington
- A153 Tumby roundabout to Horncastle (Tumby Woodside)
- B1205 Gainsborough Road Northorpe near Scotter
- Long Leys Road, Lincoln
- B1198 Great Steeping
- A15 North from Holdingham roundabout
‘I need a house to look after my daughter’
Residents of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, have been hit by flooding in recent days.
A father called Richard Eden spoke to BBC Breakfast this morning, saying that his daughter Emily’s home in the town was badly flooded during Storm Babet.
Emily has terminal cancer, and Mr Eden said he is desperate for somewhere to look after her. Watch his interview here:
Flood warnings and alerts map for England
The Environment Agency has 87 flood warnings and 97 flood alerts in place for England today. These are shown in this map – warnings in red and alerts in amber:
Temperatures range from 1C to 12C today
There is a wide variety in temperatures across Britain this morning – from 1C (34F) in Inverness to 12C (54F) at Aberdaron on the Llyn Peninsula in Wales.
Here is a list of readings at 8.30am from BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood:
Weather map shows forecast for today
This map in today’s Daily Mail newspaper shows the forecast for Britain. Click here for more weather forecast information on MailOnline.
History of The Esk shipwreck in 1826
Earlier today, we reported how a huge wooden structure brought onto Marske-by-the-Sea beach by Storm Babet could be a section of a shipwrecked boat.
Whitby whaling boat The Esk was grounded just off the coast of the North Yorkshire seaside town nearly 200 years ago on September 6, 1826.
The identity of the wooden frame spotted on Saturday has not yet been confirmed by any authorities, but there has been speculation that it could be from The Esk.
The Esk was said to have been swept onto the rocks during a violent storm, having been returning to Whitby via Cullercoats and Shields from Greenland at the time.
A report sourced from the 2001 book ‘The Whaling Trade of North-East England 1750 – 1850’ states: ‘On September 6, 1826, Esk was within 30 miles of Whitby but making slow progress against a freshening southerly breeze.
‘As evening drew on she shortened sail and moved closer inshore to gain the benefit of a south-flowing flood tide across Tees Bay. It was a fateful decision.
‘Within hours a violent easterly gale caught Esk on a lee shore. Despite the frantic efforts of an experienced crew she grounded on the Saltscar reef between Redcar and Marske where she was pounded mercilessly by enormous waves.
‘The crew of Redcar lifeboat made several unsuccessful attempts to reach the wreck and rescue the crew. In the grey light of dawn Esk finally broke up and her crew pitched into the sea. There were only three survivors. Whitby whaling never really recovered from the tragedy.’
Breaking: Villagers trapped due to flooding
Residents living in the Nottinghamshire village of Holme cannot leave due to flooding, BBC Radio Nottingham has just reported.
UK temperatures forecast for this week
This two-part graphic in the Daily Mail shows the weather forecast for three-hour intervals in locations across the UK today, and then the five-day forecast:
Storm Babet coverage in the Daily Mail
Here is how Storm Babet has been covered in the Daily Mail today – both in the national edition and the Scottish edition. You can buy the newspaper for £1.
Fellow locals of the 83-year-old Storm Babet victim whose lifeless body was found floating in the floodwaters at her waterlogged home have spoken of the devastation caused by the flooding – including one neighbour who was forced to pump 150 tonnes of water.
Housebound grandmother Maureen Gilbert died after Storm Babet floodwaters rushed into her home in Chesterfield, Derbyshire quicker than she could get upstairs to evade them on Saturday morning.
Dave Thomas, 76, a fellow resident of Tapton Terrace, where Mrs Gilbert had lived all her life, said he had to pay for his own tanker to come and pump out the water, with nearly 150 tonnes removed on Sunday afternoon.
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What is the UK weather forecast this week?
Here is the UK weather forecast for this week from Metegroup UK:
A rather cloudy start over most of the country with spells of rain across southern and eastern areas during the morning. Gradually turning brighter during the day with spells of sunshine developing from the south however there is also a threat of scattered showers. A moderate south-westerly wind
Remaining mostly cloudy over the north tomorrow with outbreaks of rain and heavy showers along the southern coast of England. Another band of unsettled weather will arrive from the south-west in the afternoon, bringing rain and heavy showers to western parts of the UK. A fresh westerly wind
The band of heavy rain and showers from yesterday will clear eastwards away from the country during the morning, with a mixture of sunny spells and scattered outbreaks of showers following after.
Remaining slightly unsettled on Friday with scattered showers and intermittent spells of sunshine
Chesterfield residents left ‘helpless’ by floods
Residents in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, said they have been left ‘helpless’ by the floods – as it emerged a church appeal to help affected families in the town has raised £28,000 so far.
Mother-of-one Coral Curtis (pictured below), who bought her home in a quiet residential street near the River Rother just eight months ago, revealed she ‘cried’ when she returned to the property, which was filled with stinking mud.
She said: ‘It was very emotional, I don’t know how to describe it. I don’t know how long it will take to sort.’
Mick Cook, a landlord of one of the houses, said: ‘It isn’t going to dry out in winter. When the road flooded last time, it was in June (2007) and I didn’t get back in there until June the following year and that was when the weather was warmer.
‘I don’t know what’s going to happen this time. It will take ages to dry out.
His tenant, Simon Tart, said: ‘You just feel helpless – when the water is coming in, there’s nothing you can do. It’s devastating, your whole life is turned upside down in the space of a few hours.’
Mysterious ‘shipwreck’ washes up on beach
A huge wooden structure was brought onto the Marske-by-the-Sea beach by Storm Babet, which could be a section of a 200-year-old shipwrecked boat.
Dog walkers noticed that the structure had appeared on the sand in the North Yorkshire seaside town on Saturday amid strong winds and huge waves.
Some locals believe the wooden frame could be part of the Whitby whaling boat The Esk, which was grounded just off the coast of Marske in September 6, 1826.
Redcar and Cleveland Council has said it is aware of the structure, but its identity has yet to be confirmed by any authorities.
Council clears streets of destroyed furniture
One of the worst-hit areas of England amid flooding caused by Storm Babet was Chesterfield in Derbyshire.
Hundreds of properties were left submerged, and Sky News footage this morning showed the council clearing streets of destroyed furniture left outside homes:
Latest UK weather forecast from Laura Tobin
Laura Tobin has just given a weather update on ITV’s Good Morning Britain. She said we should expect an ‘unsettled week with more rain in the forecast’:
Is flooding affecting the London Underground?
There are no reported issues on the Transport for London network today due to the weather.
All London Underground lines, Overground lines and the Elizabeth line are said to be operating a good service – with the one exception of the Bakerloo line, which has minor delays following emergency engineering work at Lambeth North.
Which trains are still impacted by the storm?
Almost all rail routes across Britain have now reopened following severe disruption amid Storm Babet and are operating a normal service, except for these two:
Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh
Network Rail trains will route prove and examine the line until approximately midday with the line expected to open with the first service the 1.46pm Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness. Some services may run between Inverness and Dingwall only.
One replacement bus will run in place of the cancelled 10.56am Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh service, but this will be unable to serve Duirinish, Plockton, Duncraig, Stromferry, Achnasellach, Achnasheen and Achanalt.
Inverness and Thurso / Wick
The line on this route will remain closed all day between Tain and Wick. Some services may terminate or start at Invergordon or Tain. Replacement road transport will run between Invergordon, Tain and Wick in place of some cancelled services.
Britain is bracing for yet more weather misery as another deluge is predicted to hit today – with yellow weather warnings coming into force.
The warning for ‘heavy rain’ is in place until 4pm this afternoon. Up to two inches of heavy rain could fall across parts of Yorkshire and the East Midlands.
Here is MailOnline’s full story on the latest weather situation today:
How many homes were flooded in the storm?
Reports of floods to the Environment Agency (EA) reached the highest level since 2015/16 at the peak of the storm, environment minister Rebecca Pow told the Commons yesterday.
The EA issued more than 300 flood warnings and received more than 1,800 calls to its flood line, she said.
Hundreds of people have been left homeless in the wake of Storm Babet, with about 1,250 properties in England flooded, according to the EA. Ms Pow said investigations are expected.
How much rain is expected to fall today?
Rachel Ayers, Met Office meteorologist, said a few places, most likely Lincolnshire and Humberside, could see 30mm (1.2in) to 50mm (2in) of rain while southern England and Wales could experience 10mm (0.4in) to 20mm (0.8in).
She said there will be ‘some respite’ across Scotland today after its battering by the storm. ‘The weather we are seeing on Tuesday is no longer associated with Storm Babet,’ Ms Ayers said.
‘We will see some heavy rain in areas affected by flooding during Storm Babet though the worst impacted areas in Scotland will remain mostly dry on Tuesday.’
She continued: ‘Within the warning area we could see some travel disruption due to spray and flooding on roads. There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life, or that some communities could be cut off due to flooded roads.’
Heavy rain in London this morning
It’s been a miserable start to the day in London today, with heavy downpours affecting the morning commute.
These pictures taken this morning show passengers trying to shelter during torrential rain as they wait for trains at Maze Hill Station in South East London:
What is the UK weather forecast for today?
The Met Office expects today to begin cloudy and damp across the North and East, while it will be brighter in the South but with a risk of heavy showers.
Where and when is today’s rain warning?
Today’s weather warning for rain has been issued to cover parts of East Midlands and Yorkshire which have already hit by flooding as a result of Storm Babet.
The Met Office issued the yellow warning for “heavy rain” which could lead to further flooding in the East Midlands, including Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, as well as much of Yorkshire including Sheffield, Leeds and York and Humberside.
The warning came into force at 3am and will run until 4pm this afternoon.
The Met Office said there is a “small chance” that homes and businesses could be flooded, that fast-flowing or deep floodwater could cause a danger to life and that some communities will be cut off by flooded roads.
This map from the Met Office has all the details:
Welcome to MailOnline’s Storm Babet liveblog
Good morning everyone and welcome to MailOnline’s liveblog on Storm Babet.
A yellow weather warning is in place for further heavy rain in the East Midlands and parts of Yorkshire until 4pm this afternoon – and more flooding is expected.
Follow us today for live updates on the continuing aftermath of the storm.
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Which trains are still impacted by the storm?
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