Storm Jorge to bring 70mph winds and heavy rain to UK

Flood-hit communities will face further heavy rain and strong winds as Storm Jorge makes its way across the UK over the weekend.

Parts of Wales and northern England could see between 60 to 80mm of rain on Friday as the storm hits the UK, the Met Office warned.

Strong winds are then forecast for much of England, Wales and Northern Ireland on Saturday, reaching 70mph in coastal areas and up to 60mph inland.

The Met Office's chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said further flooding is also possible with rain forecast to fall on already saturated ground.

Flooding along parts of the River Severn, which has reached close to its highest levels in some areas, is likely until at least Sunday, the Environment Agency said.

A severe "danger to life" flood warning covering the river at the Wharfage in Ironbridge, Shropshire, remains in place on Thursday, while 82 flood warnings and 125 flood alerts had been issued.

Storm Jorge, which was named by Spanish meteorological services, is forecast to track across the North West of the UK before clearing on Saturday afternoon.

Mr Gundersen said: "This weekend we'll see another named Storm bring strong winds to parts of the UK with several wind and rain warnings in place.

10 PHOTOS
Flooding in Ironbridge
See Gallery
Flooding in Ironbridge
Ironbridge residents urged to leave homes as flood barriers overwhelmed
Ironbridge residents urged to leave homes as flood barriers overwhelmed
Temporary flood barriers which have been moved by the River Severn towards the Wharfage in Ironbridge, Shropshire. Police have advised people to leave their homes after the barriers moved nearer to properties.
The scene in Ironbridge, Shropshire, where residents in riverside properties have been told to leave their homes and businesses immediately, after temporary flood barriers holding back the floodwater from the River Severn moved overnight and appeared to be buckling under the pressure.
The Boat Inn in Jackfield near Ironbridge, Shropshire, floodwaters have reached the highest levels in memory as the River Severn remains high, with warnings of further flooding across the UK. See PA story WEATHER Storm. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
A flood-hit property at Ironbridge in Shropshire as due in Ironbridge, Shropshire. The Environment Agency said the river reached a level of around 6.8 metres at Ironbridge overnight.
The Boat Inn in Jackfield near Ironbridge, Shropshire, floodwaters have reached the highest levels in memory as the River Severn remains high, with warnings of further flooding across the UK. See PA story WEATHER Storm. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Temporary flood barriers on the Wharfage in Ironbridge, Shropshire, as the River Severn remains high, with warnings of further flooding across the UK. See PA story WEATHER Storm. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Vic Haddock's boathouse in Ironbridge, Shropshire, is partially submerged as the River Severn remains high, with warnings of further flooding across the UK. See PA story WEATHER Storm. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Temporary flood barriers hold back the river Severn in Ironbridge, Shropshire, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

"We have issued rain warnings for parts of Wales and northern England, where rain will be heaviest and we could see 60-80mm possible over the highest ground."

The Republic of Ireland is expected to face the strongest and most damaging winds, Mr Gunderson said.

The Met Office said the storm will be followed by snow over the hills and mountains in the north of the UK and rail and hail in the south, with winds easing slightly on Sunday.

Yellow weather warnings for rain are in place for the North West and South West of England, parts of Wales and Northern Ireland between midday on Friday and 9am on Saturday.

The Met Office has also issued a yellow wind warning for a 24-hour period from midday on Saturday covering most of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and south-west Scotland.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson declined to say whether he would visit those made homeless by recent flooding.

Speaking in central London, he instead focused on how the "massive issue" of flooding "presents an opportunity" for job creation.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has previously accused Mr Johnson of being a "part-time Prime Minister" due to his absence in affected areas.

Mr Johnson said on Thursday: "There's a massive issue about flood defences, and we have put £2.6 billion in and we will be investing another £4 billion.

"This is something that is absolutely critical for our country to tackle.

England has received over 200% of its average February rainfall, according to the Environment Agency, with some areas experiencing a month's worth of rain in 24 hours.

76 PHOTOS
Stormy weather in the UK
See Gallery
Stormy weather in the UK
Flood water surrounds Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 18, 2020. Severe flood warnings remain in place in the wake of Storm Dennis, with more rain expected to fall later this week. See PA story WEATHER Storm. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Flood water at the Ship Inn in Acaster Malbis, near York, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
People eating by in front of temporary flood defences in Bewdley, Worcestershire, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
A woman carrying shopping bags through flood water, as pumps and flood barriers help to keep the water from flooding homes in Gloucester Road in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, following the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
A resident carrying a sandbag in Gloucester Road in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, where pumps and flood barriers have been put in to help to keep the water from flooding homes following the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
A man wades through flood water in Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
The Rose and Crown pub surrounded by flood water in Worcestershire, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
The Riverside Caravan Park Houses surrounded by flood water in in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
A woman carrying shopping walks next to flood water, as she returns to her home in Gloucester Road in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, following the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
Flood water at the Ship Inn in Acaster Malbis, near York, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
Landlord Colin Reynolds walks through flood water in the Ship Inn in Acaster Malbis, near York, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
Flood water at the Ship Inn in Acaster Malbis, near York, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
Flood in Acaster Malbis, near York, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
A Flood Warden checks on a house through flooded streets in Hereford, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
A vehicle attempts to navigate the floodwaters in Nantgarw, Wales after Storm Dennis hit the UK.
Flood in Acaster Malbis, near York, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
A child's toy vehicle remains unscathed after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales as Storm Dennis hit the UK.
Member of the public wade through floodwaters after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales as Storm Dennis hit the UK.
A member of the public and there dog is rescued after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales as Storm Dennis hit the UK.
Rescue workers continue operations after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales as Storm Dennis hit the UK.
Members of the public are escorted to safety after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales as Storm Dennis hit the UK.
A half submerged fast food van after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales as Storm Dennis hit the UK.
Members of the public are rescued after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales as Storm Dennis hit the UK.
A dog and its owner are rescued by emergency services after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales after Storm Dennis hit the UK.
A member of the public wades through floodwaters after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales as Storm Dennis hit the UK.
Rescue operations continue as emergency services take residents of Oxford Street, Nantgarw to safety, after flooding in Wales as Storm Dennis hit the UK.
People cross Tower Bridge, in London, during a heavy downpour of rain as Storm Dennis hits the UK.
Rescue operations continue as emergency services take residents of Oxford Street, Nantgarw to safety, after flooding in Wales as Storm Dennis hit the UK.
One-year-old Blake is carried by a rescue worker as emergency services continue to take families to safety, after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales, as Storm Dennis hit the UK.
Rescue operations continue as emergency services take residents of Oxford Street, Nantgarw to safety on inflatable rafts, after flooding in Wales as Storm Dennis hit the UK.
A member of the public wades through floodwaters in Nantgarw, Wales as Storm Dennis hit the UK.
Rescue operations continue after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales as Storm Dennis hit the UK.
A footbridge in Pontypridd is blocked by debris after Storm Dennis hits the UK.
Several men work on a broken down car which was affected by floodwater in Pontypridd after Storm Dennis hits the UK.
A flooded street in Pontypridd after Storm Dennis hits the UK, leading to widespread flooding.
Residents picking up sandbags in Gloucester Road in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, where pumps and flood barriers have been put in to help to keep the water from flooding homes following the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
One-year-old Blake and his mum, Terri O'Donnel, join other residents of Nantgarw in a rescue boat as emergency services take people to safety, after flooding in the village in Wales as Storm Dennis hit the UK.
A firefighter carries a dog to safety as part of ongoing rescue operations due to flooding in Nantgarw, Wales after Storm Dennis hit the UK.
Waves pound against the harbour wall at Portreath, Cornwall, as the UK is hit with weather disruption for the second weekend in a row as Storm Dennis sweeps in.
Rescue operations continue as emergency services take residents of Oxford Street, Nantgarw to safety, after flooding in Wales as Storm Dennis hit the UK.
Geneeral view of emergency vehicles and personnel, as they continue with rescue operations due to flooding in Nantgarw, Wales after Storm Dennis hit the UK.
A car drives through a flooded road in the village of Findern in Derbyshire after Storm Dennis floods parts of the UK.
A car drives through a flooded road in the village of Findern in Derbyshire after Storm Dennis floods parts of the UK.
A tree which was blown over by Storm Dennis in Birkenshaw on the outskirts of Bradford, Leeds.
A member of the public is rescued after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales as Storm Dennis hit the UK.
A member of the public is rescued from a flooded house in Oxford Street in Nantgarw, Wales as Storm Dennis hit the UK.
UPTON UPON SEVEN, - FEBRUARY 19: Floodwaters surround Upton upon Seven following Storm Dennis on February 19, 2020 in Upton upon Seven, England. Storm Dennis is the second named storm to bring extreme weather in a week and follows in the aftermath of Storm Ciara. Although water is residing in many places flood warnings are still in places along the River Severn and it's tribuateries. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
In Pictures: Flood-hit areas prepare defences for further heavy rain
In Pictures: Flood-hit areas prepare defences for further heavy rain
In Pictures: Flood-hit areas prepare defences for further heavy rain
A woman checking the flood water in her garden, as pumps and flood barriers help to keep the water from flooding homes in Gloucester Road in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, following the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
A man rides a bike through flood water, as pumps and flood barriers help to keep the water from flooding homes in Gloucester Road in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, following the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
Temporary flood barriers hold back the river Severn in Ironbridge, Shropshire, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
A flood barrier on Hylton road in Worcester after the river Severn burst its banks in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
Flood water remains in Yalding, Kent, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
Defra Environment Minister Rebecca Pow, and Anthony Perry, West Midlands Operations Manager at the Environment Agency look at the swollen river in Worcester from the Hylton road flood defences after the river Severn burst its banks in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
Mountain Rescue team members attempt to rescue a man from his house that is surrounded by heavy flood water in Monmouth, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
Ducks swimming in a back garden surrounded by flood water, Monmouth, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
A member of Lidl staff takes a look at flood water outside the back of the store in Monmouth, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
Mountain Rescue team members attempt to rescue a man from his house that is surrounded by heavy flood water in Monmouth, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
Flood water surrounds Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire.
Flood water surrounds Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire.
Flood water surrounds Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire.
Flood water surrounds Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire.
A man wades through flood water in Hereford.
Flood in Acaster Malbis, near York, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
Flood water surrounds Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire.
Landlord Colin Reynolds walks through flood water in the Ship Inn in Acaster Malbis, near York, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
A Flood Warden delivering a vacuum cleaner through flooded streets in Hereford, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
Dogs play in flood water York in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
A woman walks over a temporary bridge erected over flood water in York in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
A woman brushes water and debris from the Mary Stone Properties shopfront, which has been damaged by flood water, in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
Cars sit in the receding flood water in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
Cars sit in the receding flood water in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
Peter Maybury, a specialist carpet and upholstery cleaner, opening up a fridge full of flood water in a poperty on oxford street, Nantgarw, in south Wales, where residents are returning to their homes to survey and repair the damage in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
Flood water in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Toby Willison, executive director of operations at the Environment Agency, said: "Our operational teams continue to work night and day to protect communities alongside the River Severn, which is experiencing record levels.

"River levels will remain exceptionally high on the Severn for some time and communities, in particular Shrewsbury, Bewdley, Bridgnorth and Ironbridge, should prepare for potentially ongoing severe flooding."

Operational teams have put up more than 6km of temporary flood barriers across the country and flood defences have protected more than 34,184 properties over the last week.

Earlier on Wednesday, police could be seen knocking on doors along the riverside to ensure that residents living on Wharfage had left their homes.

Temporary flood defences had been pushed back towards a pub and other businesses, sparking fears that the defences could be fully breached.

Residents in the Worcestershire town of Bewdley were forced to evacuate earlier after the river spilled over barriers at Beales Corner.

In East Yorkshire, residents were being evacuated from the village of East Cowick after the River Aire broke its banks.

Read Full Story

FROM OUR PARTNERS