Storm alert: look what's heading West
The West braced itself last night for more floods, torrential rain, wind and disruption as a second major storm system moved across the region this month.
The Environment Agency advised people to be vigilant today with flash floods and river flooding possible as heavy rain and strong winds head northwards. The rain reached Dorset and Somerset yesterday afternoon and had spread across Wiltshire and Gloucestershire by nightfall last night, and was expected to continue well into today.
The Met Office warned there is a possibility therefore of localised surface water flooding affecting vulnerable locations and the high winds could potentially cause big waves on the coast. The Environment Agency urged operators of caravan and camping sites across the region to be ready to take action should flooding occur.
Further unsettled weather is predicted into Saturday morning, with the risk of further isolated thundery showers. The Agency is keeping a close watch on river levels, after heavy rain has left many areas more vulnerable to flooding. Agency teams have been working to clear any blockages and checking all our defences in the region and monitoring river levels.
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Storm-force winds were due to strengthen overnight with the emergency services and councils on standby to clear up any fallen trees, which were likely with normally winter-strength winds buffeting trees that are in full summer leaf.