A weather double whammy has smacked the United Kingdom (UK) with flooding rain and powerful winds. The first wave struck this weekend, with the follow-up blow last night into today.
The storm that struck over the weekend was the more powerful of the two. The BBC reports more than 800 homes were flooded by the storm in England and Wales, and two people were killed. The worst weather was focused in South West England. The UK Met Office reports 40-60 mm of rain (1.5-2.5 inches) were common through Sunday morning while wind gusts reached 55-70 mph Saturday night. Prime Minister David Cameron described “shocking scenes of flooding” in Cornwall where rainfall reached 3.7 inches according to AccuWeather.
Round two moved in Sunday night and continues into today, targeting the northern half of England. Winds Sunday night gusted to around 45 to 60 mph with 0.75-1 inch of rain reported.
Here’s a satellite loop of the back to back storms courtesy the UK Met Office:
Almost 200 flood warnings remain in effect in England and Wales, mainly concentrated in the Midlands and Northeast. The storm should depart late tonight into tomorrow and will be followed by colder weather.
Here are some images of the flooding from over the weekend: