Critical incident declared in South Wales as Storm Jorge looms

A critical incident has been declared in South Wales after more flooding and severe weather overnight, police said.

It comes as Storm Jorge was predicted to bring heavy rain and winds of up to 60mph.

South Wales Police said: "The emergency services, jointly with local authority planning departments, local health boards, and organisations such as Natural Resources Wales and utility companies, are working continuously to ensure the safety and welfare of those affected, minimise damage to infrastructure and property, and minimise disruption."

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service took 72 calls between 6pm on Friday and 6am on Saturday.

Superintendent Andy Kingdom said: "Indications are that the rain is set to stop and river levels will soon recede.

"There is still significant surface water and debris on the roads throughout the force area so we would advise people only to travel if absolutely necessary."

Areas badly hit included Pontypridd, which was also flooded two weeks ago, and the Ely area of Cardiff.

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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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There were six yellow weather warnings for rain, wind and snow in force across the country on Saturday morning, stretching from Cornwall to the north of Scotland and across to Northern Ireland.

A total of 74 flood warnings were in place across England and Wales, mostly in the South West and along the English-Welsh border, and in Yorkshire.

Forecaster Emma Salter from the Met Office said rain was expected to continue until about 11am, before sunshine dominated through the middle of the day.

Snow would continue to fall, especially in the Scottish Highlands, where Ms Salter said up to 30cm was predicted in some places.

The wind was also expected to be a factor, with gusts up to 75mph expected in more exposed places in northern England and the Highlands.

Ms Salter said the Met Office encouraged people to "slow down, plan ahead and look out for each other" during the cold and stormy weather.

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