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Another storm set to lash West Country tonight

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 26, 2013

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Yet another storm is set to to lash the West Country tonight as the clean-up operation continues following Monday's floods and traffic and travel chaos.

Gales with gusts of 60mph are expected across wide areas of the the regional with gusts of 70mph or 80mph likely on high ground and coasts areas.

The Met Office has again warned of the risk of disruption to travel which follows a nightmare journey home for Christmas for millions and Gatwick airport facing a possible investigation into the chaos following a power outage on Christmas Eve.

A Met Office spokesman said people should be "aware of the potential for disruption, especially where the high winds are combined with heavy rainfall."

The Environment Agency has issued two severe flood warnings, a danger to life, for the South West and a further 17 flood warnings where flooding is expected and 35 flood alerts to be prepared for flooding.

This has put Bath on flood alert again with flooding expected upstream of Bathampton Bridge and the sports fields to riverside properties at Twerton and Locksbrook including The Rec and cricket ground.

The flood warning also covers the River Avon between Melksham and Bathford

There were relief in the forecast with the news the latest storm wold be "less severe" that the one just before Christmas.

However, that will bring little comfort to families hit by the rising waters.

The Met Office chief forecaster said: "Another deep area of low pressure developing over the Atlantic Ocean will bring another spell of wet and windy weather across the UK as it tracks northeastwards past northwestern Britain later on Thursday and during Friday.

"Wind is expected to increase across the area during Thursday evening and night. Peak winds are thought most likely to occur during the early hours of Friday and Friday morning with the highest gusts probably being over Irish Sea coastal areas.

"Relative to recent storms that have affected the UK, Friday's depression is looking less intense and the extent of associated impacts are currently thought to be less severe."

Yesterday Met Office forecaster Kirk Waite said yesterday that heavy rain would bring “additional problems” to the places already dealing with floods.

The latest storm comes as the Christmas misery faced by the thousands of people left without power and the hundreds who have been affected by floods looked set to continue.

Scores of people had to be evacuated due to flooding, following a number of deaths, thought to be related to the bad weather, in the days running up to Christmas.

The Environment Agency (EA) said there have been an estimated 1,000 reports of properties flooding in England.

Gatwick Airport chiefs face a possible investigation over the Christmas travel misery. The airport saw some of the worst chaos on Christmas Eve after a power outage at its North Terminal led to “significant power outages and delays”.

Passengers complained of a lack of information and spoke of four-hour delays as more than 35 flights were cancelled.

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