Storm Jorge: Flood-hit towns battle wettest February on record

Katie Ramirez
March 2, 2020

As Storm Jorge is at its height this afternoon, Galway County Council has reported trees down at three locations so far, and a shed blown into the road.

A yellow rain alert was also in place until midnight for Donegal and the whole of Connacht while the whole country was covered by a snow and ice warning until late afternoon on Saturday.

The wind-chill factor will make temperatures feel close to freezing, said the Met Office.

This month's third named storm is bringing rain, gales and snow, prompting weather warnings stretching from Cornwall to the north of Scotland and across to Northern Ireland.

The wind warnings last until 9am on Sunday across much of England and Wales and until 3pm the same day across Northern Ireland, southern Scotland, and northern England.

It's fortunate that no one was injured when a lorry overturned in high winds associated with Storm Jorge in Galway.

But after some persistent rain on Saturday, two flood alerts remain in place for the Little Ouse River and River Thet in Suffolk and Norfolk and the River Waveney from Diss and the River Dove to Ellingham.

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Police called a "critical incident" in parts of south Wales on Saturday, including Pontypridd and the Ely area of Cardiff, as emergency services coordinated their response to the weather. By lunchtime on Sunday, 84 flood warnings remained in place across England, including many in east Yorkshire.

Storm Jorge is the third storm to hit the United Kingdom this month, with 15 rivers in the Midlands, Yorkshire and Lancashire recording their highest levels on record this winter.

Towns including Ironbridge and Bewdley, plus West Cowick and Lidgate in East Yorkshire, along the River Aire, are among the worst-hit areas in England. The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs said more than 3,300 properties in England were thought to have flooded as a result of Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis, which hit the country earlier in the month.

But more than 600 homes and a similar number of businesses in Wales have already been affected by the floods - accounting for around a quarter of properties flooded across the UK.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: 'The relentless rain with the storms - and even between them it's been raining - is what has made this month very unusual.

Media captionWhy has the latest United Kingdom storm been named "Jorge"?

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