UK weather: more storms expected as three killed in high winds

Sep 24, 2012

Chaos across the country as wind and heavy rain lash Britain - and there's more to come

THE WILD weather that lashed the UK yesterday and today, and has so far caused three deaths, is set to continue for several days forecasters have warned, with winds of 70mph and more heavy rain expected.

A 30-year-old woman from New Zealand was killed yesterday when she was struck by a branch blown from a tree at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. Also on Sunday a woman in her 20s from Eastern Europe and a 14-month old boy died when the car they were travelling in left the road and hit a tree near Crimpelsham in Norfolk in treacherous conditions.

There have been dozens of other road accidents caused by the weather and The Daily Telegraph reports that the weight of the rain on Sunday night caused the roof of a house in Portsmouth to collapse.

The Environment Agency has issued more than 130 flood alerts and 21 warnings across England and Wales and more than three inches of rain is expected in parts of the country overnight.

On Sunday the south of the country was given an "absolute deluge" according to the Met Office. That was thanks to a low-pressure system spawned by Hurricane Nadine in the Atlantic, which is still making its way west across the Atlantic but has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

That system is not the only one affecting the UK, reports The Guardian. "The rough conditions have played the UK an even hand with miserable weather expected almost everywhere as at least four different fronts jostle their way across the country."

And the paper warns: "Unsettled and often windy weather is expected to plague much of the country for the next fortnight before drier conditions return."

The Telegraph notes: "The latest forecast will dash hopes for a sunny end to September." It adds that the only part of the country that will escape the wild weather is the very northern tip of Scotland.

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