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Britain is set to experience another four days of bad weather this week after Storms Fergus and Elin hit the country.
On Saturday, Storm Elin brought winds of up to 81mph and 38mm of rain to parts of the UK. New weather warnings have been issued until Wednesday as the UK prepares for the impact of the arrival of Storm Fergus on Sunday afternoon.
The storm – named after Irish weather service Met Eireann – could produce 30 to 40 mm of rain, along with the threat of hail and thunder, the Met Office said. Several rain warnings were issued, mainly focused on north west England and south west Scotland, as well as parts of northern and eastern Scotland.
Weather warnings are in force across northwest England and Scotland on Sunday
The Met Office has warned that travel disruption and flooding of homes is likely to occur as yellow weather warnings remain in place until 3am on Wednesday.
“Storm Fergus will end a weather-settled weekend for the UK. “Fergus will bring strong winds and heavy rain at times late on Sunday and into the early hours of Monday morning,” Met Office chief meteorologist Andy Page said.
He added: “While the strongest gusts are expected across the Republic of Ireland, Storm Fergus will bring some windy conditions to western areas, including the Irish Sea coasts, while potentially bringing heavy rain.”
“The rain may cause disruption in parts of northern England and parts of Scotland, particularly where it falls on very saturated ground.”
River levels rose dramatically in Worcester on Sunday following heavy rain.
Around 40 flood warnings for England have been issued by the Environment Agency and three by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
The strongest winds are expected to hit south Wales and areas around the Bristol Channel, with the possibility of localized storms.
The bad weather could cause delays in road, rail, air and ferry services and coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities could be affected by spray and large waves, the forecaster said.
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: “There will be further heavy rainfall, particularly in Wales and the north of England.”
“In these areas the ground is already highly saturated, making flooding possible.”
Storm Fergus will weaken as it moves east in the early hours of Monday morning, but unsettled weather is likely to continue from Tuesday.
Swans were seen swimming on the pavement after the River Severn flooded in Worcester
Ireland was the worst hit by the two storms. Homes and cars in the village of Leitrim, Ireland, were badly damaged after a possible tornado struck the area.
Emergency services were called on Sunday afternoon after strong winds knocked down trees, ripped a roof off a building and left debris strewn across a road.
Met Eireann meteorologist Liz Walsh said reports of a tornado in the area were “possibly accurate” or “certainly some very strong winds associated with the thunderstorm”.
She said the meteorologist was relying on social media reports and videos to say with certainty whether it was a tornado.
Source : www.independent.co.uk