Friday, August 8, 2014
Met Office warns remnants of Hurricane Bertha have a 60 per cent chance of hitting the South West.
THE Environment Agency and Met Office are warning that remnants of extra-tropical storm Bertha could bring weather havoc to the region.
Strong winds, large waves and heavy rainfall currently have a 60 per cent chance of hitting on Sunday, according to the Met Office.
The forecasters have currently placed a yellow weather warning for rain across the whole country.
The EA has warned as much as 30mm of rainfall could occur in three hours during Sunday, which could lead to surface water flooding.
The transition of Bertha from a tropical to an extra-tropical feature is a particularly hard one to forecast but there is increasing confidence that this feature will affect the UK on Sunday, though with very large uncertainty remaining over the track and intensity.
Met Office chief meteorologist, Paul Gundersen, said: “There is still some uncertainty surrounding this weekend’s weather, with the potential for heavy rainfall, strong coastal winds and large waves on Sunday.
“However, there is still a chance that the system may pass to the south of the country giving the UK a brighter day.”
High tides are also expected over the weekend, with the potential for the unseasonable low pressure to hit coastal areas.
Precautionary sandbags are being deployed to some areas around the South West.
Paul Sadler, for the Environment Agency, said: “We will continually monitor the weather information received from the Met Office and the National Flood Forecasting Centre to ensure that we are fully prepared.
“Our staff are ready to provide warnings to communities where we understand there may be a risk of flooding.
“Recently completed and ongoing remedial works along the coast and river systems are also constantly checked during these times of greatest flood risk.”
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