Rain warnings for the sw

(46 Posts)
OhYouMerryLittleKitten Tue 18-Dec-12 19:15:04

from the met office

I'm afraid further flooding seems inevitable sad

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Tue 18-Dec-12 19:52:24


OhYouMerryLittleKitten Tue 18-Dec-12 20:39:47

I'll bump again!

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Tue 18-Dec-12 21:14:19

By Monday some very high rainfall totals indeed.

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Tue 18-Dec-12 21:58:43

Well, good night smile

BadRoly Tue 18-Dec-12 22:00:42

That'll be why they were out sweeping up leaves and clearing the gutters with a vengeance today then!

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Tue 18-Dec-12 22:22:55

Blimey, a sensible reaction from a council. Very impressive!

zandy Tue 18-Dec-12 22:28:26

At least lots of people will be off school and work for the Christmas break, so it won't be quite so devastating as it could be. (positive :D )

TwoSillyHatsWithBellsOn Tue 18-Dec-12 22:42:50

I think it's got to the point where severe rain just seems like normal weather we've had so much of it lately, I'll be wearing my wellies tomorrow but can't think of any other contingency plans. If I lived somewhere flood-prone I'd be dusting off the sandbags again. sad Really hope this weather doesn't spoil Christmas for too many people.

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Wed 19-Dec-12 07:47:27

Twosilly, you are very right, people are just getting used to it. I know though that there are mners who do get flooding and I'm hoping that they've been able to prepare for it.
It looks pretty worrying this morning I'm afraid with some parts of the SW perhaps seeing over 100mm by the end of Saturday. That is a lot for saturated ground.

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Wed 19-Dec-12 07:49:59

Other good contingency plans include simply clearing gutters and run offs from leaves and checking your air bricks. (Temporary sandbags can be made out of carrier bags and earth to block airbricks that look like they are submerging) also of course if you are in a vulnerable area, moving important things away from the ground floor, locating insurance docs, charging mobiles, having a back up plan for pets.

LillethTheCat Wed 19-Dec-12 17:19:58

Can I ask about the North East and flooding? My road has been flooded twice in the past 4 months or so. My postcode on BBC weather suggests its going to rain nonstop from now until Friday. Normally I wouldn't be so bothered, but on a Thursday night I travel 45 mins each way to do a qualification and tomorrow we have an exam which I really can't miss. Is it going to rain bad in the North East (Co. Durham/Yorkshire border) or is it just going to be light rain just ongoing? Im worried I wont be able to go and therefore have to forfeit my exam and pay a further £100 (which I can't really afford - well can, but the new carpet will have to wait) to take it another time. So any news about the rain in my area please.

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Wed 19-Dec-12 17:39:58

Lilleth, I'm afraid it's not great news. I think you could see in the region of around 20-30mm of rain tomorrow. Can you leave earlier in the day? Normally I hate the thought of people making decisions based on what I say in case I wrong, but if you can make things easier getting there tomorrow, then that is what I would do, even if it is being over cautious.

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Wed 19-Dec-12 17:45:06

You aren't going up into the hills are you? The met office are warning of snow above 500m.

LillethTheCat Wed 19-Dec-12 18:24:01

Thanks Kitten. No Im not in the high hills. I leave late afternoon and there is no reason why I can't leave early, though of course I have to get home again traveling between 9 and 10PM.

OYBBK, my mums meant to be coming to London for Christmas. She's in Exeter- she was intending to get a train here on Monday- but I know the line was closed before when there was flooding?!

Please tell me the rain is going to ease off!?

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Wed 19-Dec-12 19:02:49

Friday isn't bad, but Saturday is concerning I'm afraid.
They've been doing some preventative work on the line I think??

Hope so! Argh, well, hope for the best.

If it was snow instead of rain I would be so happy. I think we are going to have a disappointing winter like last year- 2 days of lovely snow and thats your lot.

Bloody rain... <grumbles off>

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Thu 20-Dec-12 11:20:27
BadRoly Thu 20-Dec-12 13:14:45

LordFlasheart - dh is due to be coming home this evening from London to Truro. As yet there are me reports of problems on the line. I realise it is early days yet but ok so far...

BadRoly Thu 20-Dec-12 13:15:38

*by train I mean, it would be irrelevant to you if he were driving smile

Thanks- I'm keepng an eye on the waether reports!

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Thu 20-Dec-12 18:44:00

No change in the picture. Saturday looks awful but Sunday dries up before the next onslaught that night.

amber warnings out

Lots and lots of flooding here in Cornwall. More rain on its way in now I think and no idea where it's going to go. There are new rivers forming before our very eyes as water from the hills is running off and down through our village to the sea. Lots of landslips too so it's not great out there. Anyone planning on coming to Cornwall for Christmas check your route carefully.

Goldensunnydays81 Sat 22-Dec-12 17:02:24

The village next to me in Devon is flooded very sad for all the people living there and all the shop owners too! hmm

GloriaSnow Sat 22-Dec-12 17:12:43

Have already posted this on the Christmas thread, this is about the First Great Western train disruption in the SW. Note this bit: First Great Western advise customers with non-essential travel to not attempt to travel West of Taunton in either direction.

Some pictures of the flooding from the BBC website.

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Sat 22-Dec-12 19:32:07

Thank you for that info Gloria.
Appalling weather today - fog, high wind and driving rain. Nasty.
bbc report covering some of the issues check before travelling.
Not so much rain on Monday, but still enough to cause further flooding in the south and south west.

JenaiMathis Sat 22-Dec-12 22:18:39

We're meant to be travelling down to north Devon on Wednesday. I'm hopeful it's not so SW to be an issue and that the flooding will have cleared.

Still keeping an eye though (hence checking Kitten's threads smile

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Sat 22-Dec-12 22:29:28

Jenai, I'd keep a close eye on any road disruption, I don't think the situation is going to start to stabilise for another couple of days.

JenaiMathis Sun 23-Dec-12 10:23:24

Will do smile

From my obsessive monitoring of the Environment Agency river station data I see that the brooks and river nearest me are still rising, so I imagine that might be the case further SW too.

GloriaSnow Mon 24-Dec-12 07:06:16

Another horrible wet day for the poor SW.
And there are some travel problems and flood warnings for Scotland too.
More pictures of the flooding.

mum travelled up yesterday and although exeter station was closed she got a train from taunton/tiverton (she cant remember which hmm grin ) with on problem and no delays! So have hope, anyone travelling!

OhyouMerryLittleKitten Wed 26-Dec-12 09:20:30

Rain warnings issued for each day up to Sunday for the sw I'm afraid.

JenaiMathis Wed 26-Dec-12 10:18:55

Bugger! Heading off shortly.

GloriaSnow Wed 26-Dec-12 14:33:12

There are landslide and rockfall warnings for along cliff edges etc, for the SW.
<sigh> things just don't seem to be getting any better weather~wise sad

Thanks for posting that Gloria. A bit late of them hmm but glad they've issued it at last. We live on the south west coast path and there have been many landslips and some landslides locally. One that cut off a nearby village for a couple of days, another that has made a group of holiday cottages completely inaccessible and no chance of them being safe soon, one that filled several houses half a mile down the road full of mud two days before Christmas and another two that blocked the lane out of our village. And that's just the ones I've seen within a few miles of us.

OhyouMerryLittleKitten Wed 26-Dec-12 17:56:30

Crickey starfish, it must feel a bit apocalyptic down there!

OhyouMerryLittleKitten Wed 26-Dec-12 17:57:14

It would be so nice to be able to let this thread die a death.

It does a bit! More dramatic I think as we are right on the beach overlooking English Channel so we can see the weather systems coming in over the sea from quite a distance. And then another and another and another hmm. There is no shelter from the weather so when it hits it hits hard!

Holding out for better weather. A little bit of sunshine and it is absolutely blissful here. Earlier in December I was on the deck barefoot in just a t-shirt because the sun is so strong. <reminisces and hopes>

SeaShellsMyDogTrulySmells Thu 27-Dec-12 22:03:27

Sorry to hijack slightly but does anyone know what hit east Dorset this morning? Massive cracks of thunder that started 2 major fires local, with v strong wind and rain, which stopped suddenly v soon after. Thunder was 6.15am. I assume it was just a localised storm and not anything more exciting like Armageddon

OhyouMerryLittleKitten Thu 27-Dec-12 22:15:56

It was a rather active cold front I believe. They can be pretty potent. We had similar in the early hours of Christmas Day, but with out the fires.

OhyouMerryLittleKitten Thu 27-Dec-12 22:16:42

Tomorrow I'll have a better look for you, because it was a bit dramatic from reports!

SeaShellsMyDogTrulySmells Thu 27-Dec-12 22:36:36

Thanks smile

OhyouMerryLittleKitten Thu 27-Dec-12 23:37:05

Bump if I forget!

OhyouMerryLittleKitten Fri 28-Dec-12 10:45:19

Had a quick look and there was a trough running across the area with a large amount of windshear - rather good conditions for forming storms.

A lot of wind shear showing around the cold front on New Years eve. One to watch.

SeaShellsMyDogTrulySmells Fri 28-Dec-12 11:46:24

What is windshear blush

Thanks so much grin

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