Met Office flood warnings as Storm Jorge batters Britain this weekend

The Met Office has issued major warnings for rain and wind for the next few days as Storm Jorge continues to batter the UK.

Heavy rain is expected in southwest England, most of Wales, Northern Ireland and northwest England today, with four separate Met Office yellow warnings for rain in place.

Tomorrow will see more heavy wind and rain across most of the UK, with only Scotland, London and East Anglia being spared.

On Sunday, the rain is forecast to fade away, but Met Office yellow warnings for wind are covering all of southwest England, parts of southeast England, Wales, the Midlands, the north of England, Northern Irelands and southern Scotland.

It comes as many parts of the UK are still suffering from flooding after weeks of rain.

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The Met Office's chief meteorologist Paul Gunderson said more flooding is possible, with rain forecast to fall in flooded areas.

He said: "This weekend we'll see another named Storm bring strong winds to parts of the UK with several wind and rain warnings in place.

"We have issued rain warnings for parts of Wales and northern England, where rain will be heaviest and we could see 60-80mm possible over the highest ground."

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BBC reporter Matt Taylor said more snow is also expected in hilly parts of northern England and Scotland.

Storm Jorge, named by Spanish meteorological services, has moved across the UK this week.

Flooding along the River Severn, which has reached record highs in parts, is likely to continue until Sunday at least, the Environment Agency said.

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A severe "danger to life" flood warning covering the river at the Wharfage in Ironbridge, Shropshire, remains in place, while 82 flood warnings and 125 flood alerts have been issued.

Rising waters have seen the town's temporary flood barriers pushed back to a pub and other businesses, triggering fears that they could be completely overwhelmed.

Speaking in Ironbridge on Thursday, Environment Secretary George Eustice claimed the reason he hadn't visited the town earlier was so he could let the emergency services to "deal with the immediate impacts".

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Asked why Prime Minister Boris Johnson was yet to visit, the Tory MP said: "When he appointed me two weeks ago he made it clear he wanted me to lead on this.

"I have kept him regularly informed with what is happening."

Yesterday, the PM claimed he would put a further £4bn into Britain's flood defences, but didn't give a time scale for when this would happen.

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