Heavy rain and strong winds are to strike Britain today, forecasters said. The chances of Hurricane Bertha which creates a chain of disasters across the country were growing.
The Met Office has issued a “yellow” weather warning to most of Britain tomorrow, while the British Red Cross today said they are well prepared for any help needed and have called for hundreds of volunteers to help anyone affected by the weather.
Hurricane Bertha formed in the warm waters of the Caribbean last weekend, beating the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands with winds of up to 90mph. The hurricane has left thousands of homes without power. It has now been lowered to an ‘Atlantic storm’, losing power as it travels.
And today, many parts of the country were affected by rising flood. Several streets are left underwater and people are moved away from their homes in the Lincolnshire town of Louth, while the pouring rain also caused roads to be covered by water in Maidstone, Kent.
Lincolnshire Police said that areas affected by heavy rains in Louth today included Church Street, Eastfield Road, Keddington Road and Horncastle Road.
Environment Agency flood risk manager, Craig Woolhouse, said, “Heavy rain on Sunday may lead to flood in some parts of England and Wales. On Sunday and Monday high spring tides and strong westerly winds will attack. They will bring a risk of large waves and possible flooding to the South West coast of England and along the Severn Estuary.”
“If you’re travelling to or from holiday then check your flood risk before setting off and don’t drive through flood waters,” warns Mr Woolhouse.
Although today is likely to have been a wash-out for many, forecasters said tomorrow is expected to be a more pleasant day, with cloud and some sunshine, yet also a risk of summer showers.