The Met Office has announced an amber alert for heavy rain and flooding in parts of the north and east of England that could pose a danger to life.
It came as the weather agency officially named Storm Christoph and warned of heavy rain and flooding expected on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Torrential downpours, as well as melting snow across the hills, is expected to lead to flooding, causing damage to some structures and disruption to travel, forecasters said.
There’s also a good possibility that some communities may be cut off by flooded roads, and power cuts will occur.
The harsh weather warning started on Tuesday and will last for three days until Thursday. It previously only included central northern England, including an area around Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield, but has been extended southeastwards.
Up to 120mm of rain may fall in parts of the southern Pennines and the northern Peak District, and between 40 and 70mm of rain expected extensively across the entire region covered by the amber alert.
Vast swathes of the Midlands, northern England, southern Scotland and Northern Ireland are covered by a yellow rain warning, which will possibly lead to disruption throughout Tuesday and Wednesday.
Chief meteorologist Neil Armstrong said that heavy rain will affect the entirety of England by Wednesday with yellow warnings for rain in force, and by Thursday, 100 to 150mm of rain could fall over high grounds in Wales and northern England.
As well as rainfall, accelerated snow-melt will add to these accumulations, totalling five to 10mm in the worst-hit regions.
These amounts of rainfall along with snow-melt will present a real threat of flooding.
People should stay up to date by checking the forecast and flood alerts from the Environmental Agency and Natural Resources Wales.
The Environment Agency has 11 critical flood alerts in place, as well as 67 flood warnings advising people to be prepared and Met Office spokesperson Nicola Maxey, said that conditions will be somewhat unsettled until Friday, but that there will be calmer conditions heading into the weekend with Friday expected to be a fine cold day.
But we may face more incompetence as towns and villages are flooded and people are displaced because no action has been taken, which appears to occur every year.
What happened to preventative measures, flood defences and more investment? Or was that another fake promise?
We’ve not learned much and it seems to be regressing. I suppose it’s easier for them to bury their heads in the sand, but then I guess you get what you vote for.
And anyone whining about this doesn’t live in a high-risk region which compromises life. This isn’t a flashy headline, it’s a weather alert that’s been announced by the meteorological society and if people believe that it’s ridiculous to call it high risk, then the weather alert isn’t for you, but for those who do live in a high-risk zone and it’s a warning to commence preparing food and water supplies along with flood protection.
Also, these people have to be prepared to have to vacate their homes and belongings to save lives and to check on elderly relatives who need help.