Increase in flood warnings due to rain caused by Storm Christoph

Katie Ramirez
January 21, 2021

Storm Christoph will bring multiple hazards to the United Kingdom this week, initially heavy rain.

A yellow weather warning is in place from midnight on Wednesday and runs all the way through until noon on Thursday. It is expected that numbers will continue to increase in the next 24 hours.

The Met Office said some isolated areas could see up to 200mm (7.8in).

Fifty flood warnings have been issued across England, with 175 less severe flood alerts.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would attend a meeting of the Cobra committee.

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'.

The forecaster has issued Status Yellow rain warnings ahead of the storm named by Met Eireann's official forecaster in the United Kingdom - the Met Office.

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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.

Here's the latest on the floods in our area, as more rain hits the region from Storm Christoph.

South Yorkshire declared a major incident on Monday evening in anticipation of flooding, and Greater Manchester Police followed suit on Tuesday.

Vehicles have also been pulled from floods in Tenby, Llandovery, Llandeilo and Whitland, Mid and West Wales fire service said.

There are suspensions on services from Carlisle to Skipton or Maryport, all destinations from Rotherham Central, and between Manchester and Newton le Willows.

The spokesperson added: "The hard conditions are being experienced across a large part of our network and customers planning to travel today should be aware that any journeys could be affected and they should allow extra time for travel".

"With five million people in England at risk of flooding, and climate change intensifying the frequency and severity of extreme weather, a mental health crisis is looming", warned David Nichols, Zurich UK's chief claims officer.

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