UK weather LIVE – 'Major incident' declared as Storm Christoph sparks 'danger to life' flood warnings, rain & snow

UK weather LIVE – 'Major incident' declared as Storm Christoph sparks 'danger to life' flood warnings, rain & snow

January 19, 2021

A 'MAJOR incident' has been declared in South Yorkshire as Storm Christophe batters the UK.

The Met Office has issued a "danger to life" warning, while The Environment Agency described torrential rain and melting snow as a "volatile situation", with ten flood warnings, and 109 flood alerts in place.

Ros Jones, mayor of Doncaster, declared a major incident in South Yorkshire, telling locals: "I do not want people to panic, but flooding is possible, so please be prepared."

Eight inches of rain is expected in the coming days, as well as snow and gales.

Councils up and down the country are already preparing for possible evacuations should a severe "danger to life" flood warning be issued.

Follow our weather live blog below for more information as well as all the latest news and updates from around the country

  • Patrick Knox

    ‘VOLATILE SITUATION’

    The Environment Agency described the combination of torrential rain and melting snow as a "volatile situation", as councils prepare for possible evacuations should a severe flood warning be issued.

    Catherine Wright, acting executive director for flood and coastal risk management at the Environment Agency, said: "That rain is falling on very wet ground and so we are very concerned that it's a very volatile situation and we are expecting significant flooding to occur on the back of that weather."

    She said the Environment Agency will be working with local authorities to help with evacuation efforts should a severe flood warning be issued, adding: "If you do need to evacuate then that is allowed within the Covid rules the Government has."

  • Patrick Knox

    MAJOR INCIDENT DECLARED

    A major incident has been declared in South Yorkshire as Storm Christoph is set to bring widespread flooding, gales and snow to parts of the UK.

    People are being urged to prepare as an amber weather warning for rain was issued by the Met Office for today to Thursday for central northern England, affecting an area around Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield and stretching down to Peterborough.

    It has led to a major incident being declared in South Yorkshire in preparation for potential flooding, said Ros Jones, mayor of Doncaster.

    In a tweet, Ms Jones said emergency protocols were instigated on Sunday, with sandbags handed out in flood-risk areas. 

    She said plans would run alongside the region's Covid-19 response, adding: "I do not want people to panic, but flooding is possible so please be prepared."

  • Patrick Knox

    OUTLOOK FOR WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY: MET OFFICE

    The weather will remain extremely unsettled with heavy rainfall, with potential for snowfall “on the northern edge”, from Wednesday to Friday, says the Met Office.

    There will be “strong winds across southern and, more especially, central areas. It will be much colder in the north with wintry showers”.

  • Alahna Kindred

    TONIGHT'S FORECAST

    Most of the UK will see rain tonight.

    Snow will be possible for Northern Ireland and southern Scotland. Most persistent rain northern England and north Wales.

    It will be drier north Scotland with a few showers.

  • Alahna Kindred

    TODAY'S FORECAST

    It will be bright across northern Scotland with showers in the far Norther.

    There will be rain across the rest of the UK.

    It will be heavy and persistent across Northern Ireland, southern Scotland, northern England and Wales.

    The South and East will see some drier spells.

  • Alahna Kindred

    WEATHER WARNING

    There are two weather warnings in place today ahead of Storm Christoph battering the UK.

    There is an amber alert is across the East Midlands, East of England, North West England and Yorkshire.

    A yellow weather warning covers most of the rest of the country.

  • Debbie White

    SNOW, FLOODING & GALES ON WAY: STORM CHRISTOPH

    A major incident has been declared in South Yorkshire as Storm Christoph is set to bring widespread flooding, gales and snow to parts of the UK.

    People are being urged to prepare as an amber weather warning for rain was issued by the Met Office for Tuesday to Thursday for central northern England, affecting an area around Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield and stretching down to Peterborough.

    It has led to a major incident being declared in South Yorkshire in preparation for potential flooding, said Ros Jones, mayor of Doncaster.

    In a tweet, Ms Jones said emergency protocols were instigated on Sunday, with sandbags handed out in flood-risk areas.

    She said: "I do not want people to panic, but flooding is possible so please be prepared."

  • Debbie White

    HEAVY RAIN TO HIT UK TUESDAY NIGHT

    Heavy rain is expected to hit the UK overnight on Tuesday, with the Met Office warning homes and businesses are likely to be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

    It issued a "danger to life" warning due to fast-flowing or deep floodwater, while there is a "good chance" some communities may be cut off by flooded roads.

  • Debbie White

    DANGER TO LIFE WARNING THANKS TO STORM CHRISTOPHE

    With Britain set to be battered by floods, gales and snow as Storm Christophe pummels the UK, the Met Office has issued a "danger to life" warning.

    The Environment Agency described the combination of torrential rain and melting snow as a "volatile situation", with ten flood warnings, and 109 flood alerts in place.

  • Debbie White

    MAJOR INCIDENT DECLARED AS STORM CHRISTOPH HEADS TO THE UK

    A major incident has been declared in South Yorkshire as Storm Christoph is set to bring widespread flooding, gales and snow to parts of the UK.

    People are being urged to prepare as an amber weather warning for rain was issued by the Met Office for Tuesday to Thursday for central northern England, affecting an area around Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield and stretching down to Peterborough.

    It has led to a major incident being declared in South Yorkshire in preparation for potential flooding, said Ros Jones, mayor of Doncaster.

    In a tweet, Ms Jones said emergency protocols were instigated on Sunday, with sandbags handed out in flood-risk areas.

    She said plans would run alongside the region's Covid-19 response, adding: "I do not want people to panic, but flooding is possible so please be prepared."

  • Debbie White

    TAKE CARE ON ROADS DURING STORM CHRISTOPHE

    Highways England has advised drivers to take extra care on motorways and major A roads and to prepare before setting out on essential journeys when Storm Christophe hits Britain.

    Jeremy Phillips, head of road user safety at Highways England, said: "Most of us already slow down in snow, ice or fog but when it rains we consider it normal so don't adapt our driving.

    "Rain makes it harder for tyres to grip the road and harder for drivers to see ahead – significantly increasing the chances of being involved in a collision."

  • Debbie White

    STORM CHRISTOPHE – AMBER WEATHER WARNING

    An Amber national severe weather warning for rain has been issued for parts of northern, central and eastern England.

    The Amber warning area includes Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, Wakefield, Lincoln, Nottingham, Leicester and Peterborough and is valid from 6am on Tuesday through to midday on Thursday.

    Within the Amber warning area rainfall accumulations could reach up to 200mm in parts of the southern Pennines and in the northern Peak District, while 40-70mm could be seen more widely elsewhere, says the Met Office.

  • Debbie White

    FLOODING HITS YORKSHIRE & CAMBRIDGESHIRE

    Fields are under water in Cambridgeshire (top pic) after the River Great Ouse burst its banks.

    More flooding is expected this week, with heavy rain forecast.

    Motorists struggled to drive along the flooded roads in Cambridgeshire as a result.

    It was a similar scene in York, Yorkshire (bottom photo), after the River Ouse burst its banks.

    Credit: GEOFF ROBINSON.
    Credit: PA:Press Association
  • Debbie White

    FLOOD BARRIERS BEING CLOSED BEFORE DELUGE

    Environment Agency teams "are out on the ground clearing grills, screens and closing flood barriers.

    "We urge people to keep away from swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water.

    "It is often deeper than it looks and just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float your car," warns Katharine Smith, flood duty manager at the EA.

  • Debbie White

    STORM CHRISTOPHE TO BRING 'MULTIPLE HAZARDS'

    Severe weather is set to batter the UK this week through Storm Christoph.

    The weather event could bring significant flooding across some areas, as the Environment Agency described it as a "volatile situation".

    The Met Office warned it would bring "multiple hazards".

  • Debbie White

    DANGER TO LIFE FROM STORM CHRISTOPH: MET OFFICE

    With Britain set to be battered by floods, gales and snow the Met Office has issued a 'danger to life' warning in relation to Storm Christophe.

    Chief Meteorologist Dan Suri, said “Our focus [is on] notably heavy rain moving across the UK this week.

    "Some locations could see over 100mm of rain falling through the course just a couple of days – with up to 200mm possible over higher ground.

    "These amounts of rainfall along with snow melt present a real threat of flooding."

  • Debbie White

    OVER 100 FLOOD ALERTS ISSUED

    The Environment Agency has issued 108 flood alerts ('be prepared') and nine flood warnings – meaning 'immediate action is required' – for England.

    However no 'danger to life' flood warnings have as yet been given.

    The agency will work with local councils to help with evacuation efforts should a severe flood warning be issued.

  • Debbie White

    200MM OF RAIN FORECAST

    The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for Tuesday and Wednesday for central northern England – particularly around Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield, and stretching down to Peterborough.

    It warned more than 100mm of rain is expected across the higher ground with potentially 150-200mm in the most exposed areas.

    A yellow rain alert is also in place for most of northern England and Wales from Tuesday to Wednesday, before most of the UK comes under the warning on Thursday.

  • Shayma Bakht

    IN PICS: Young children getting their daily exercise on the beach in Littlehampton, West Sussex at sunset

  • Debbie White

    COUNCILS ON STANDBY FOR EVACUATIONS

    People in the north, centre and east of England are being urged to look out for flood alerts and warnings as councils prepare for possible evacuations should a severe flood warning be issued.

    Some areas are forecast to see up to 200mm of downpours over the first half of the week.

    When asked how many homes could be affected, Catherine Wright, speaking for the Environment Agency, replied: "We won't know exactly what happens until the water gets on the ground.

    "But this is the time to take action and be ready and prepared for that flooding should it occur.

    "We know the rain is coming, we know broadly the areas that we're worried about… it's too early to say exactly where the rain will fall and how much flooding it will cause."

     

  • Debbie White

    SNOW FOR SCOTLAND BUT HEAVY RAIN ELSEWHERE

    It's "turning increasingly wet across England and Wales this evening with heavy cloud and rain developing.

    "Showers are continuing further north – these falling as snow across the the north of Scotland," says the Met Office.

    Here's the service's weather map for 8pm Monday:

     

  • Debbie White

    RAIN TO PUMMEL BRITAIN LATER TONIGHT

    BBC Weather says the rain from Storm Christophe will hit over the "latter stages of Monday.

    "Overnight, the rain will become increasingly heavy, and persistent, particularly across north Wales, over the Peaks and the Pennines of northern England as well."

    Scotland, however, will see frost setting in.

  • Debbie White

    RIVERS DANGEROUSLY HIGH

    BBC Weather confirms that "very heavy and persistent rain is on the way to parts of north Wales, northern England and the Midlands.

    "This is going to cause problems.

    "The Met Office has named this… Storm Chrisoph, and it's going to bring some huge falls of rain.

    "Of particular concern across part of the Peak District, and the Pennines, where we could see in excess of 150mm of rain.

    "And across northern England, and the Midlands, where the amber weather warning is in force, river are already at elevated levels".

  • Olivia Burke

    HM Coastguard for Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire has advised people to not take "unnecessary risks and follow guidance" after the area was forecast non-stop rain for 54 hours.

  • Olivia Burke

    MET OFFICE LONG WEATHER FORECAST JAN 23 – FEB 1

    The Met Office issued their long weather forecast for the end of the month and the beginning of February:

    "Rather cold and unsettled conditions look likely for most of the UK, as a low pressure system remains to the northeast.

    "Northwesterly winds from this system are expected to bring frequent showers, particularly to north and west-facing coasts, and this will likely fall as snow over high level areas, and also down to lower levels at times.

    "Atlantic low-pressure systems are expected to cross the south/central parts of the country at times, bringing rainfall and periods of slightly milder temperatures, and there will be a risk of snowfall on the boundary between the mild and cold air masses.

    "Northern and central areas are more likely to be affected by wintry hazards during this period. Temperatures mostly rather cold, but closer to average near approaching lows in the south."

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