Country braced for fresh deluge as Storm Jorge arrives

Britain is braced for another wet weekend as a fresh storm brings rainy and windy conditions nationwide.

Storm Jorge will bring winds of up to 60mph, according to forecasters, and already flooded communities are preparing for another deluge.

There are nine yellow weather warnings for rain, wind and snow in force across the country for Saturday, stretching from Cornwall to the north of Scotland.

A total of 69 flood warnings were in place across England and Wales on Friday night, mostly in the south west and along the English-Welsh border, and in Yorkshire.

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There were also 197 less serious flood alerts.

Rain will continue to fall in these areas through the night, but "by seven or eight o'clock in the morning the rain should have stopped in those areas", according to Met Office forecaster Emma Salter.

She explained: "We've got Storm Jorge at the moment with quite a few weather warnings in force.

"Broadly speaking, latter parts of tonight through to tomorrow morning, it's going to be quite lively with some heavy rain and strong winds.

"It's going to be a really wet start to the day."

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A car in Pixham, Worcestershire is surrounded in flood water after the River Severn has burst its banks. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
A house in Pixham, Worcestershire is surrounded in flood water after the River Severn burst its banks. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
TEWKESBURY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Tewkesbury Abbey, at the confluence of the Rivers Severn and Avon, is surrounded by flood waters on February 27, 2020 in Tewskesbury, England. Flooding levels are decreasing after storms Ciara and Dennis, however forecasters are predicting more rain and 70mph winds this weekend from storm Jorge. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A swan looks over a fence from a flooded gardens in Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire, after the River Severn burst its banks. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
Houses in Jackfield near Ironbridge after flood water has started to recede. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)
TEWKESBURY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Tewkesbury Abbey and a children's playground at the confluence of the Rivers Severn and Avon, is surrounded by flood waters on February 27, 2020 in Tewskesbury, England. Flooding levels are decreasing after storms Ciara and Dennis, however forecasters are predicting more rain and 70mph winds this weekend from storm Jorge. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Flooding in Ironbridge, Shropshire, as residents in riverside properties in the area have been told to leave their homes and businesses immediately after temporary flood barriers were overwhelmed by water. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
High volume water pumps installed to deal with the rising water in Bewdley, Worcestershire, sit submerged in flood water, after temporary flood defences were breached overnight as the River Severn remains high, with warnings of further flooding across the UK.
Flood water surrounds Worcester city centre , as residents in riverside properties in the area have been told to leave their homes and businesses immediately after temporary flood barriers were overwhelmed by water. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
WORCESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: A warning sign is surrounded by water as floodwaters persist in the centre of Worcester City after the River Severn burst its banks on February 27, 2020 in Worcester, England. Flooding levels are decreasing after storms Ciara and Dennis, however forecasters are predicting more rain and 70mph winds this weekend from storm Jorge. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
WORCESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: A car is surrounded by water as floodwaters persist in the centre of Worcester City after the River Severn burst its banks on February 27, 2020 in Worcester, England. Flooding levels are decreasing after storms Ciara and Dennis, however forecasters are predicting more rain and 70mph winds this weekend from storm Jorge. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
WORCESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Floodwaters persist in the centre of Worcester City after the River Severn burst its banks on February 27, 2020 in Worcester, England. Flooding levels are decreasing after storms Ciara and Dennis, however forecasters are predicting more rain and 70mph winds this weekend from storm Jorge. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A flooded road near Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, as the town suffers continued flooding. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
Properties back onto floodwater in Tewkesbury, as the town suffers continued flooding. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flooding in Ironbridge, Shropshire, as residents in riverside properties in the area have been told to leave their homes and businesses immediately after temporary flood barriers were overwhelmed by water. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flooding in Ironbridge, Shropshire, as residents in riverside properties in the area have been told to leave their homes and businesses immediately after temporary flood barriers were overwhelmed by water. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flood water surrounds Worcester city centre , as residents in riverside properties in the area have been told to leave their homes and businesses immediately after temporary flood barriers were overwhelmed by water. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flooding in Ironbridge, Shropshire, as residents in riverside properties in the area have been told to leave their homes and businesses immediately after temporary flood barriers were overwhelmed by water. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
A car in flooded water Flood defences in Bewdley, Worcestershire, as the River Severn remains high, with warnings of further flooding across the UK.
Flood water surrounds Worcester city centre , as residents in riverside properties in the area have been told to leave their homes and businesses immediately after temporary flood barriers were overwhelmed by water. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
Properties back onto floodwater in Tewkesbury, as the town suffers continued flooding. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 27, 2020. See PA story WEATHER Storm. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
A car in flood water in Bewdley, Worcestershire, as the River Severn remains high, with warnings of further flooding across the UK.
Flood defences in Bewdley, Worcestershire, as the River Severn remains high, with warnings of further flooding across the UK.
Flood defences in Bewdley, Worcestershire, as the River Severn remains high, with warnings of further flooding across the UK.
A view of the temporary flood defences in Bewdley, Worcestershire, which were breached overnight, as the River Severn remains high, with warnings of further flooding across the UK.
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
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
The sun sets over a flooded field near Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, as the town suffers continued flooding. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
TEWKESBURY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Tewkesbury Abbey, at the confluence of the Rivers Severn and Avon, is surrounded by flood waters on February 27, 2020 in Tewskesbury, England. Flooding levels are decreasing after storms Ciara and Dennis, however forecasters are predicting more rain and 70mph winds this weekend from storm Jorge. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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The worst of the wet weather will pass as lunchtime comes around, Ms Salter said, adding: "Winds in some places on higher ground could reach 50-60mph, but things will start to calm down quite quickly, by 9am or 10am the rain should have cleared to the east.

"It will be a lively system for the early risers, but most people will still be waking up to not a great day."

Persistent snow is expected across higher ground in Scotland and people have been warned to expect travel disruption on road, bus and rail routes.

The Met Office warnings persist into Sunday, with most of the country braced for more strong winds, and Scotland for yet more snow.

However, there may be some let-up as the new week begins, with the rain and wind warnings abating, leaving only the wintry showers north of the border.

In the West Midlands, flood defences have been repaired in an attempt to prevent a repeat of this week's flooding.

Dave Throup, Environment Agency (EA) manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, praised the "herculean efforts" of teams in Ironbridge and Bewdley, along the River Severn.

The EA has also warned drivers to be careful when travelling over the weekend, and advised not to drive through deep water, as "just one eggcup" of water is enough to ruin an engine.

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

Storm Jorge is the fifth storm to hit the UK since December 6 last year and the third in February.

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