Flood warnings as parts of England face heavy downpours and strong winds

Flood warnings have been issued in parts of the UK as heavy rain and strong winds prepare to bring a weekend of destruction for many.

The Met Office had 98 flood warnings and 169 warnings in the UK on Saturday morning, adding that people should expect “an uneasy day ahead” as the rain moves eastward.

As brighter periods follow, the forecaster warned that heavy downpours, some snow in the north, and people in Northern Ireland and southern Scotland should be prepared for the strongest winds.

Flood defenses, including embarkation, were deployed in downtown York.

The City of York said it was taking measures to keep the area “safe and open” while urging visitors to plan their trips ahead of time.

Rescuers were seen using a boat to navigate the floodwaters of central York after the River Ouse blew up its banks.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for wind and rain through the early hours of Sunday throughout the southwestern parts of Scotland and the far north of Northern Ireland as winds of up to 70mph can hit the coastline.

The forecaster said: “Western winds will increase at 45-55 mph inland and 60-70 mph around the coast this afternoon and evening, and will ease later this evening.

Winter weather January 14, 2023

Rescuers use a boat to navigate the floodwaters of central York after the River Ouse blows up its banks. (Danny Lawson/PA)

“During this time, a persistent and occasional heavy rain strip will extend south through the warning zone and combined with saturated ground may cause some flooding.”

A yellow warning for ice covering much of Scotland and the northwest and north-east of England could be “icy surfaces and snow on high ground in some places on Saturday night and Sunday morning leading to difficult travel conditions”, the Met said. Office added.

Expected “frequent winter” snow showers also saw the Met Office issue a yellow snow and ice warning for northern Scotland from Sunday to Wednesday.

The Met Office said: “There is likely to be several centimeters of snow at low levels over a given 24-hour period, and there is a potential of 10-15cm above 200m in parts of the Highlands in particular. Ice will be an additional hazard, especially on Tuesday night.”

Residents are urged to exercise caution, as there may be some icing on some untreated roads, sidewalks and bike paths, and some roads and railways are likely to be affected by longer journey times by road, bus and train services.

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