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More heavy rain for parts of the UK with ‘danger to life’ warning

Written by on 3 October 2020

Parts of the UK will be covered by weather warnings for rain during the weekend as Storm Alex subsides.

An amber weather warning is in place for North West England, South West England, Wales and the West Midlands from midday Saturday until 6am on Sunday.

Many places will see between 25 and 50mm of rain, with up to 90mm on higher ground in Wales and southwest England, the Met Office said.

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There are heavy rain warnings for parts of the UK this weekend

Exposed parts of Snowdonia and Exmoor could see more than 120mm.

The unusual wind direction associated with the rainfall will mean that previously well-sheltered areas could be affected.

Homes and businesses “are likely to be flooded”, the Met Office warning said, adding that fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely, causing “danger to life”.

There is also a “good chance” that some communities could be cut off by flooded roads.

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Another amber warning for rain covers Central, Tayside & Fife, and the Grampian region in Scotland from 6pm Saturday until 6am on Sunday.

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Waves crash along the coast at Swanage in Dorset. Parts of the UK are preparing to be lashed by heavy rain and high winds as Storm Alex heralds the arrival of a stretch of bad weather over the weekend.
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Autumnal temperatures are forecast over the weekend

These areas are likely to see between 40 and 70mm of rain, with more than 120mm possible over higher ground.

There is also the likelihood of flooding, “danger to life” from fast-flowing floodwater, and a “good chance” of communities being cut off by the flooded roads.

Most of the rest of the country is covered by a yellow weather warning for rain between Saturday and Sunday.

Autumnal temperatures of 10-15C are forecast over the weekend, with the coolest temperatures expected in Scotland.

.   BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Waves break along the beach on October 02, 2020 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Luke Dray/Getty Images)
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Flooding in some parts of the country could cause ‘danger to life’, the Met Office has said

Breakdown cover provider Green Flag said it expected an average of nine breakdowns per minute on UK roads between Friday and Monday.

Mark Newberry, commercial director at Green Flag, said he expected Saturday to be their busiest day, with a 10% increase in breakdowns compared to usual.

The RAC and AA also warned drivers to take extra care on the roads during the weekend.

It comes after heavy rain and winds of up to 61mph battered parts of the UK on Friday, as Storm Alex – named by the French meteorological office – arrived from Europe.

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Waves crash along the coast at Swanage in Dorset. Parts of the UK are preparing to be lashed by heavy rain and high winds as Storm Alex heralds the arrival of a stretch of bad weather over the weekend.
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Some towns were hit by power cuts due to the storm on Friday

Power cuts were recorded in some areas, including in Portsmouth, Southampton, towns east of Reading, Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: “A second rain front is coming to replace Storm Alex over the weekend, pushing in from the east on Saturday morning and affecting western areas later on.

“The rain is slowly pushing north but it will be relieved as it goes.

“On Saturday, most of the country will be affected by rain, and it’s looking heaviest in the centre, down the spine of the country from Aberdeen to Bristol.”