UK weather: more floods due as ‘child of Nadine’ sweeps Britain

Oct 5, 2012

Weekend washout expected as the ‘second child of Hurricane Nadine’ makes its way to the UK

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PARTS of Britain face a repeat of the heavy rain and floods seen last month as the remnants of Hurricane Nadine sweep across Britain this weekend.

Last night, downpours and gales swept in and more are expected over the next 48 hours as a tropical storm from the Atlantic blows towards Britain and collides with cold Arctic air.

It was the low-pressure system spawned by Hurricane Nadine - later downgraded to a tropical storm - that caused the downpours in late September when more than 500 properties in the UK were flooded.

Nadine was the second longest Atlantic tropical storm in history, finally dissolving on Thursday after 21 days of spinning out at sea.

Forecasters dubbed the September storm the 'first child of Nadine' and are now warning that the 'second child of Nadine' could be on its way.

The Environment Agency has put out 14 flood alerts with rivers set to swell. Two of the most severe warnings were last night issued to residents of York who were told the Ouse – which burst its banks in last month's deluge – could flood again.

However, it will be southern England and Wales that will experience the worst of the weather today and over the weekend, forecasters said.

Most counties will see almost an inch of rain, which is normally no cause for concern. But forecasters warned of a 'cumulative effect' in areas where the ground is still sodden from last month's downpours.

Forecaster Brian Gaze of The Weather Outlook told The Daily Telegraph: "It looks like a 48-hour washout for parts as ex-Hurricane Nadine brings the possibility of dreadful conditions in pulses of heavy rain.

"Things could turn particularly nasty and flooding and disruption are expected."

Netweather forecast a 48-hour rainfall total of up to 90mm. The South-West averages 133mm of rain in the whole of October.

And even when Nadine’s effects are no longer felt, MetCheck warns that England could face further downpours as the effects of a new Hurricane – Hurricane Oscar – head closer.

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