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Somerset warned to expect another 48 hours of heavy rain and gales

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: September 24, 2012

  • The Met Office's severe weather warning for Tuesday

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Residents in Somerset should brace themselves for another 48 hours of heavy rain and high winds, the Met Office has warned.

Although the forecaster's amber alert for severe weather has now been lifted, a lesser yellow warning remains in place for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Further heavy rain is expected to fall tomorrow, and is likely to be accompanied by gales.

Heavy and prolonged showers, accompanied by gusty winds, are then forecast to batter the South West on Wednesday.

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The Met Office has reiterated its warning that these heavy showers could cause more of the localised flooding which hit properties and roads across the county today.

Up to 50mm of rain fell during Sunday and, although the worst of that weather has now moved to the north of England, Somerset is being told to brace itself for more.

Met Office chief forecaster Steve Willington said: "A deep area of low pressure moved north from the Bay of Biscay over the weekend and will persist over the UK until the middle of the week.

"Everyone should be prepared for the effects of heavy rain and strong to gale force winds as they combine to bring the potential for travel disruption and localised flooding over the next few days.

"We encourage the public to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings for their area during this unsettled spell."

The Environment Agency has issued a number of flood alerts and warnings for the region in the past 24 hours.

The Agency's flood risk manager Alison Baptiste said: "We are already seeing travel disruption due to the wet weather and could well see flooding across the country this week.

"We strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings, keep a close eye on local weather forecasts and be prepared for the possibility of flooding.

"We also ask that people stay safe, by staying away from swollen rivers and not attempting to drive through floodwater.

"The Environment Agency already has teams out on the ground checking on flood defences and clearing any blockages in order to reduce the risk of flooding as much as possible."

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