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Challenging times as another winter storm sweeps in

Facilities managers across the country will be battening down the hatches once again today as yet another winter storm sweeps across the UK..

Met Office forecasters are expecting heavy rain and potentially damaging 60-90 mile per hour winds over night tonight (Monday) in to Tuesday morning. Met Office National Severe Weather Warnings have been issued for wind and rain across the southwest and northern areas of the UK.

The national weather service predicts the storm force winds could uproot trees and cause damage to property and the rain could bring widespread flooding.

The Environment Agency has also urged communities across southern and south west England to prepare for risk of flooding as today’s heavy rain brings an increased risk of flooding from swollen rivers and surface water collected on roads to many parts of the country. The public body also warns the Midlands could be affected by river and surface water flooding today into Christmas Eve, and urges people to stay away from promenades along the south coast on Monday and Tuesday because of the wet and windy conditions.

Rivers that are slow to respond to rainfall – like the lower reaches of the River Severn – could also pose a flood risk into Boxing Day.

An Environment Agency spokesperson, said:

“People who are set to be away from home for the festive period are urged to check the flood situation and take precautionary steps to prepare, for example by moving valuable items to safety, before travelling. People are also urged to check the flood risk situation for their journey and at their destination.”

Throughout the festive period, Environment Agency teams will be out checking flood defences, monitoring river levels and supporting local authorities who will respond to any reports of surface water flooding.

People are encouraged to check the Environment Agency website for the latest flood information, follow #floodaware on Twitter and sign up to free flood warnings.

On a more festive note, a white Christmas is possible in some areas of the country. Chief  Met Office forecaster Eddy Carroll, explains:

“We can expect stormy weather in many areas to start the Christmas week, but looking forward to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we are expecting it to turn colder, with a mix of wintry showers and sunny spells but for wind speeds to drop. So there is a chance that some places may see a White Christmas.”

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