Flooded areas of Britain are set to face further devastation as Storm Ciaran approaches, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings, predicting up to 2.4 inches (60mm) of rain and gusts of up to 90mph. This comes just over a week after Storm Babet caused widespread damage across the country.
The Environment Agency has activated numerous flood warnings and alerts, urging residents to prepare for potential flooding. Rail services have been severely affected, with cancellations and disruptions reported. Road users are advised to drive with caution as heavy rain has created hazardous conditions on many roads.
Southern England and South Wales are expected to bear the brunt of Storm Ciaran, with an 18-hour yellow rain warning in place from Wednesday evening until Thursday. The Met Office warns of the possibility of fast-flowing or deep floodwater, posing a danger to life. Coastal areas are also at risk, with concerns over coastal paths and promenades.
Communities in Sussex, Cornwall, and Lanchester, among others, are still recovering from the previous storms and are now facing the prospect of further damage. Local businesses and residents are counting the cost of the floods, with estimates suggesting that storm-related damage could exceed £500 million.
ScotRail services are gradually returning to normal after a week of major disruptions, but several roads in Aberdeenshire remain closed due to ongoing flood chaos. The clean-up from Storm Babet is predicted to be the costliest yet, according to the Chartered Institute of Insurers.
It is essential for residents in affected areas to stay informed about their flood risk and sign up for flood warnings. The Met Office advises the public to stay safe and avoid driving through floodwater, as even 30cm of flowing water can move a car.
As Storm Ciaran approaches, it is crucial for individuals and communities to take necessary precautions and stay vigilant in the face of potential flooding and further disruptions caused by the severe weather.