UK weather LIVE – Storm Christoph sparks 'major incident' and 'danger to life' flood warnings after rain & snow

A 'MAJOR incident' has been declared in South Yorkshire as Storm Christophe batters the UK.

The Met Office has issued a "danger to life" warning, while The Environment Agency described torrential rain and melting snow as a "volatile situation", with ten flood warnings, and 109 flood alerts in place.

Ros Jones, mayor of Doncaster, declared a major incident in South Yorkshire, telling locals: "I do not want people to panic, but flooding is possible, so please be prepared."

Eight inches of rain is expected in the coming days, as well as snow and gales.

Councils up and down the country are already preparing for possible evacuations should a severe "danger to life" flood warning be issued.

Follow our weather live blog below for more information as well as all the latest news and updates from around the country

  • Patrick Knox

    STORM CHRISTOPH: MASS POWER CUTS

    Engineers are battling to restore supplies to 240 homes in Lampeter, Wales.

    Earlier this morning 90 homes which were without electricity in and around Solihull, and another 60 were blacked out in Leicester.

    Power cuts also hit almost 100 homes in Nottingham and around 90 in Alfreton, Derbyshire.

  • Patrick Knox

    ENVIRONMENT AGENCY ISSUES 15 FLOOD WARNINGS

    It comes as floodwaters have already risen in parts of the country, with a motorist pictured stranded in Leicester, and workmen in York prepared flood defences.

    A major incident has already been declared in South Yorkshire in anticipation of flooding that could arrive in the coming days.

    Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones tweeted on Monday evening: "Key risk areas have been inspected over the past 36 hours, sand-bags have been handed out in flood-risk areas & will continue over the next 24 hours."

  • Patrick Knox

    UK FACES 'TIMELINE OF DIFFERENT WEATHER HAZARDS' 

    Weather warnings for heavy rain are in force across the UK, but the unsettled conditions could also bring the risks of wind and snowfall.

    Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said that rain is "initially" the main concern but the picture will change as low pressure could introduce colder air.

    He explained: "As we go through the week and the low pressure that is bringing these fronts of rainfall that are persistent and heavy over the next few days.

    "Also as the low pressure moves away it pulls down a north-westerly airflow which brings much colder air across the UK again which then presents a further risk of snow."

    Mr Claydon described the situation as "a timeline of different hazards as we go through the week but the first hazard is certainly of rain and that's reflected in the warnings at the moment".

  • Patrick Knox

    PICTURED: YORK BUILDS FLOOD DEFENCES

    Workmen prepare flood defences near the River Ouse, York, as Storm Christoph is set to bring widespread flooding,Credit: PA:Press Association
  • Patrick Knox

    WILL IT SNOW TODAY?

    Snow is unlikely to hit Britain on Tuesday, January 19 as it will be a day of torrential showers.

    Wales, Northern Ireland and northern England will see persistent rain today with rain sweeping into the south of England this afternoon.

    Parts of Scotland could enjoy a brighter day.

    Snow could return tomorrow  as there is a chance of wintry showers in high areas of Scotland.

  • Patrick Knox

    WHAT WILL THE NEXT STORM BE NAMED?

    The next storm will be Storm Darcy.

    The list of storm names are revealed by the Met Office from September to August.

  • Patrick Knox

    WEATHER FORECAST

    UK weather forecast for​ Tuesday 19 January – Torrential rain to BATTER Britain this week, Met Office warns as Essex braces for FLOODS

  • Patrick Knox

    POTENTIALLY DEADLY DRIVING CONDITIONS

    Highways England advised drivers to take extra care on motorways and major A roads, while the RAC breakdown service said motorists should only drive if absolutely necessary.

    A yellow rain alert is also in place for most of northern England and Wales from today to Wednesday.

    Vehicles drive through surface water on the M57 motorway near Prescot this morningCredit: Mercury Press
  • Patrick Knox

    MET OFFICE ISSUES ‘DANGER TO LIFE WARNING’

    Heavy rain is expected to hit the UK this week, with the Met Office warning homes and businesses are likely to be flooded.

    It issued a "danger to life" warning due to fast-flowing or deep floodwater, while there is a "good chance" some communities may be cut off by flooded roads.

    Up to 70mm is expected to fall in isolated spots such as the Peak District and parts of the southern Pennines, while 200mm could be possible.

  • Patrick Knox

    SANDBAGS HANDED OUT TO HOMEOWNERS IN YORKSHIRE

    This is part of plans to keep flood waters out of homes ahead of the expected deluge of wet weather forecasted this week.

    Mayor of Doncaster, South Yorks., Ros Jones said emergency protocols have been instigated.

    Ms Jones tweeted: "I do not want people to panic, but flooding is possible so please be prepared."

  • Patrick Knox

    WHERE WILL STORM CHRISTOPH HIT NEXT? 

    The south of England will see rain push in from the west this afternoon and will experience further heavy rain tomorrow as Storm Christoph pushes south. 

    From tomorrow, yellow weather warnings for rain will be in place across the whole of England, Northern Ireland and Wales as well as parts of southern Scotland. 

    Yellow rain warnings will persist into Thursday with more rain set to batter the UK. 

    The Met Office's chief meteorologist Dan Suri said: “Following a cold spell where the main hazard was snow, our focus now turns to notably heavy rain moving across the UK this week.

    "Some locations could see over 100mm of rain falling through the course just a couple of days, with up to 200mm possible over higher ground.

  • Patrick Knox

    WHERE IS STORM CHRISTOPH NOW? 

    It’s heading over Northern and central parts of England, Wales and Northern Ireland where torrential rain is expected today.

    Eight inches of rain is expected in the coming days, as well as snow and gales.

    The Met Office has issued an amber warning for rain between Today to Thursday for central northern England — and the service says some towns could be cut off by the weather.

    The caution covers millions living in and around Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Lincoln, Nottingham, Leicester and Peterborough.

  • Patrick Knox

    STORMY TIMES AHEAD

     

  • Patrick Knox

    WHAT IS STORM CHRISTOPH? 

    Storm Christoph is the third named storm of the 2020/2021 season and the first of this year, following Storm Aiden on October 30 and Storm Bella on Boxing Day last year.

    The criteria the Met Office uses for naming storms is based on the National Severe Weather Warnings service.

    Storms are named when they have the potential to cause an amber or red warning.

  • Patrick Knox

    WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A MAJOR INCIDENT IS DECLARED?

    Major incidents require a special response from the emergency services, and often involves more than one agency implementing emergency arrangements.

    In reality, this means resources will be redeployed and the government could be asked to step in and help.

    It means services can't operate as normal and are placed in an emergency situation.

  • Patrick Knox

    WHICH AREAS HAVE BEEN DECLARED A MAJOR INCIDENT?

    A major incident has been declared in South Yorkshire after Storm Christoph threatened to bring torrential rain and flooding to the area.

    Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones told locals: "I do not want people to panic, but flooding is possible, so please be prepared."

    Sandbags have been handed out to people living in areas where flooding is expected.

  • Patrick Knox

    WHAT DOES A MAJOR INCIDENT MEAN?

    A major incident has been declared because of Storm Christoph which has been barreling it way to our shores. But what does it mean?

    Essentially it means a situation in which special arrangements must be implemented by at least one of the emergency services, the NHS and the local authority, and involves large numbers of people.

    London City Hall defines it as being “beyond the scope of business-as-usual operations, and is likely to involve serious harm, damage, disruption or risk to human life or welfare, essential services, the environment or national security”. 

     

  • Patrick Knox

    FLOOD MAP

    Needless to say, it is going to be wet, wet and very wet
  • Patrick Knox

    ‘VOLATILE SITUATION’

    The Environment Agency described the combination of torrential rain and melting snow as a "volatile situation", as councils prepare for possible evacuations should a severe flood warning be issued.

    Catherine Wright, acting executive director for flood and coastal risk management at the Environment Agency, said: "That rain is falling on very wet ground and so we are very concerned that it's a very volatile situation and we are expecting significant flooding to occur on the back of that weather."

    She said the Environment Agency will be working with local authorities to help with evacuation efforts should a severe flood warning be issued, adding: "If you do need to evacuate then that is allowed within the Covid rules the Government has."

  • Patrick Knox

    MAJOR INCIDENT DECLARED

    A major incident has been declared in South Yorkshire as Storm Christoph is set to bring widespread flooding, gales and snow to parts of the UK.

    People are being urged to prepare as an amber weather warning for rain was issued by the Met Office for today to Thursday for central northern England, affecting an area around Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield and stretching down to Peterborough.

    It has led to a major incident being declared in South Yorkshire in preparation for potential flooding, said Ros Jones, mayor of Doncaster.

    In a tweet, Ms Jones said emergency protocols were instigated on Sunday, with sandbags handed out in flood-risk areas. 

    She said plans would run alongside the region's Covid-19 response, adding: "I do not want people to panic, but flooding is possible so please be prepared."

  • Patrick Knox

    OUTLOOK FOR WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY: MET OFFICE

    The weather will remain extremely unsettled with heavy rainfall, with potential for snowfall “on the northern edge”, from Wednesday to Friday, says the Met Office.

    There will be “strong winds across southern and, more especially, central areas. It will be much colder in the north with wintry showers”.

  • Alahna Kindred

    TONIGHT'S FORECAST

    Most of the UK will see rain tonight.

    Snow will be possible for Northern Ireland and southern Scotland. Most persistent rain northern England and north Wales.

    It will be drier north Scotland with a few showers.

  • Alahna Kindred

    TODAY'S FORECAST

    It will be bright across northern Scotland with showers in the far Norther.

    There will be rain across the rest of the UK.

    It will be heavy and persistent across Northern Ireland, southern Scotland, northern England and Wales.

    The South and East will see some drier spells.

  • Alahna Kindred

    WEATHER WARNING

    There are two weather warnings in place today ahead of Storm Christoph battering the UK.

    There is an amber alert is across the East Midlands, East of England, North West England and Yorkshire.

    A yellow weather warning covers most of the rest of the country.

  • Debbie White

    HEAVY RAIN TO HIT UK TUESDAY NIGHT

    Heavy rain is expected to hit the UK overnight on Tuesday, with the Met Office warning homes and businesses are likely to be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

    It issued a "danger to life" warning due to fast-flowing or deep floodwater, while there is a "good chance" some communities may be cut off by flooded roads.

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