Storm Christoph: BBC Weather issue warning for heavy rain
The Met Office officially named Storm Christoph on Monday due to the amount of rainfall it is set to bring to Britain. BBC Weather forecaster Matt Taylor said an Amber warning has been issued through Tuesday until Thursday as flooding is expected around Lancashire. He added the storm is expected to batter the country with as much as two months worth of rain in just a few days in some areas.
Mr Taylor said: “Storm Christoph has been named by the Met Office, mainly because of the rainfall amounts.
“This rain is expected over the next few days really through sheer persistence more than anything else.
“It could be a month or two months of rain in one or two spots.
“That is going to saturate the ground and Northern Ireland and Scotland could see some minor flooding.
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“The greatest concern is that all that rain runs into the river system, it is from Lancashire towards the north Midlands.
“This is where the Met Office has an amber warning in force until Thursday.”
He added regarding Wednesday’s weather: “Into tomorrow we could see some snowfall across southern and eastern parts of Scotland.
“It will be a day of contrast tomorrow with temperatures 12 degrees in the south and 3 in the north.
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“There will also be more rain through the central straights.”
The Met Office’s amber warning stated: “Heavy rainfall combined with some snowmelt across the hills is likely to lead to flooding.”
The warning runs from 6am on Tuesday to 12pm on Thursday, January 21 2021.
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The Mayor of Doncaster tweeted regarding the incoming storm: “A major incident has been declared at a South Yorkshire Level in preparation for potential flooding over the next few days.
“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.”
Calderdale councillor Scott Patient has urged residents and businesses to “take all the steps they can to protect themselves and their property” ahead of the incoming storm.
Mr Patient said: “The virtual hubs work similarly to the physical ones, but everything will be done remotely to reduce the need for face-to-face contact and to protect staff, volunteers, those affected by flooding and vulnerable people in our communities.”
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