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Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 11/26/2012

Back to back storms clock United Kingdom


Image from the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite’s VIIRS instrument taken 7:30 a.m. (EST or 1230Z) Sunday, October 25 (NOAA)

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.


GFS forecast model simulation of twin storms Sunday (12z or 7 a.m. EST) - one coming ashore over Wales, one to the east having already passed. (WeatherBell.com)

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:


(L-R) Richard, Michael, and David Boazman stand in flood water outside the White Bear pub in Tewkesbury, south western England November 26, 2012. (ANDREW WINNING - REUTERS)


A white van is left abandoned on a country lane as flood waters from the River Nene close a road in Ringstead, Northamptonshire,central England, 26 November 2012. (CHRIS RADBURN - EPA)


The River Wear in County Durham, flows past properties after bursting its banks following heavy rain, 26 November 2012. (Owen Humphreys - EPA)


Flood water can be seen in fields surrounding the Glastonbury Tor on the Somerset Levels, on November 25, 2012 near Glastonbury, England. (Matt Cardy - GETTY IMAGES)

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