FLOOD alerts are in force across the country this weekend as THREE WEEKS’ worth of rain is set to fall, while strong winds and high tides will batter Brits.
Three inches of rain is set to fall today – and the deluge has already caused disruptions, including a mudslide blocking train lines in North Yorkshire.
The Met Office has issued five severe weather warnings between today and Tuesday – affecting the west of England, Wales, and parts of Scotland.
Persistent rain and risks of flooding are expected across the UK as the country is battered by autumnal wet weather.
25 flood alerts have been issued for England, while eight are in place for Wales as high tides are set to cause coastal flooding this weekend.
Trains have been disrupted in North Yorkshire as the tracks have been blocked by a mudslide, and horseraces at Haydock in Merseyside were cancelled due to waterlogged conditions this morning.
Northern, a train operator, said no trains were running between Lancaster and Skipton following the mudslide near Bentham.
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A spokesman said: “The mud has completely covered the track in both directions meaning we cannot run trains between Lancaster and Skipton.
“The mudslide was discovered at around 7.45am when a Lancaster to Leeds service encountered problems on the line.”
In a statement on Twitter, Haydock Park Races said: “Following the inspection this morning, unfortunately today’s Craft Beer & Gin Day has been abandoned as the track remains waterlogged.”
The final four races of Friday’s event at the racecourse had been cancelled due to the weather.
Flooding in Brampton, Cumbria, caused delays to trains between Carlisle and Newcastle, although National Rail said trains were beginning to return to normal shortly before 9am.
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Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said areas such as Devon and Cornwall could see coastal gales of up to 50mph, while between 30mm and 40mm is expected to fall within the warning area over the weekend.
Cities including Manchester, Liverpool, Bangor, Swansea and Cardiff are covered by the weather warnings.
Mr Burkill said: “We have got a deep area of low pressure that will bring heavy and persistent rain, and strong winds too.
“In terms of rainfall totals, the greatest amounts could be up to 70mm. That will be over the hills and mountains.
“Away from there, some places could see 30mm to 40mm in a short space of time.”
He said there is “likely” to be some disruption to travel over the weekend, with “lots of spray on the roads.”
Meteorologist Luke Miall said it will be a “weekend of two halves” in regard to the weather in London.
He said while Saturday will be mostly sunny with some rain in the capital, “heavy showers”, thunder and gusts of up to 30mph are forecast for Sunday.
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Temperatures are forecast to reach highs of 19C on both days.
Mr Miall said wind and rain is forecast for the rest of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and southern Scotland throughout most of Sunday.
Cars in Horwich, Greater Manchester, are struggling to pass through the flooded roads[/caption]
Further disruption to travel is expected across the UK[/caption]
High tides are expected to cause coastal flooding – here, a harbour wall is battered by the waves in Porthcawl, Wales[/caption]
Pedestrians caught in the torrential rain in London. More heavy rain and gales will sweep into the UK this weekend[/caption]
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