UK weather: Warnings upgraded for Hurricane Kate remnants
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 14:00 GMT -
The Met Office has updated its warnings for the rain from ex-Hurricane Kate, which is sweeping across large swathes of the UK.
Amber and yellow warnings are out for the weekend while a further yellow warning has been issued for Monday and Tuesday as successive frontal systems move in from the west.
Rain is expected to be heavy and persistent in some western parts of the country with 50-100m possible in the amber warning areas. As much as 200-250 could fall across the more exposed high ground in northwest England.
Two further yellow warnings have been updated for Saturday into Sunday. Many areas of western and northern England and north Wales could see 50-100mm of rain whilst 40-60mm is expected across parts of southern Scotland. Northern Ireland could see 20-60mm.
Monday’s yellow rain warning is valid till Tuesday evening and covers Northern Ireland, southwest Scotland, northwest England and northwest Wales. Totals of 30-50 mm are possible with 70mm on exposed western facing hills.
There is potential for localised flooding from either standing water and rivers overtopping their banks, particularly given the saturated ground from the heavy rainfall over the last few days. The Environment Agency has a number flood warnings and alerts for England and Wales, while the Scottish equivalent SEPA also has flood alerts in force.
Kate formed in the central Bahamas and was upgraded to a Hurricane on Wednesday with sustained winds of 75mph but then downgraded to an Extra-Tropical Storm and continued to weaken as it headed towards the UK.
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