HEAVY downpours over the past three days have left much of Britain mired in floodwater.
We explain if your area is at risk from flooding over the next few days. Here’s what we know.
Will it flood in the coming days?
Some 220 flood warnings and flood alerts are in place and yellow weather warnings have been issued for the next two days.
Forecasters have said Hurricane Lorenzo will bring more misery towards the end of this week.
Lorenzo, a maximum Category 5 storm, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded so close to Europe.
Only one hurricane or tropical storm has ever made landfall on Europe’s mainland at tropical storm strength – Vince in Spain in 2005.
Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said: “Lorenzo is a real beast of a storm.
“It will be one of Europe’s strongest ever tropical storms, as the Azores are part of Europe.
“After reaching the Azores on Tuesday, Lorenzo is expected to move to the UK by Thursday – bringing a couple of days with potentially worse conditions than this weekend.
“There are scenarios from gales to storm-force 70mph-plus gusts, but there’s uncertainty.”
How do you find out if your area is at risk of flooding?
The government’s flood warning information service gives an idea of which regions are at risk of flooding.
All information provided, particularly the likelihood of surface water flooding, is a general indicator of an area’s flood risk.
Check UK weather warnings
What are the worst floods in recent history?
- 1947 – Britain was hit by “the perfect storm”. Over 100,000 homes were directly affected by flooding and over 750,000 hectares were submerged.
- 1953 – The North Sea Flood drowned 326 people in the UK at the end of January 1953. Flooding forced 30,000 people to be evacuated from their homes.
- 1987 – The Great Storm of 1987 led to 18 people losing their lives, with the damage costing over £1billion.
- 1990 – The Burn’s Day Storm hit southern Scotland, causing the death of 47 people. Damage was widespread, with power supplies cut and roads and railways blocked.
- 2000 – The Met Office called it the “wettest autumn on record”. More than 10,000 homes were flooded, with an estimated £1billion worth of damage
- 2004 – 20 million tonnes of water flowed through Boscastle, Cornwall, wtih 150 people airlifted to safety
- 2013 – Thousands of people had to be evacuated from their homes after what was considered the stormiest December since 1969
- 2015/2016 – Storm Desmond hit the Tyne, Lune and Eden, affecting 16,000 properties.
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