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Severe weather risk: Heavy rain and wind set to batter Greater Manchester as Met Office issue flood warning

By Dean Wilkins

Severe weather is set to batter Greater Manchester and the Met Office are issue warnings for this weekend.

Heavy rain of up to 50mm is set to intensify by this evening and the public are being warned about potential floodings and severe disruption caused by the wet weather.

An amber warning is issued for tomorrow and the forecast is gloomy until next week and residents are advised to keep up to date with forecasts.

Tony Waters, Deputy Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, said: “We are expecting spells of very heavy and thundery rain across a wide area of the UK in the next few days, with worst affected spots likely to be in central and northern parts of the country.

“Rainfall totals could be 20-40mm widely across warning areas, but some places could see around 100mm of rain through Friday and into Saturday.

“Given the saturated ground from the record rainfall in June, this could cause significant disruption – including difficult driving conditions and flooding in some areas.”

The Met Office are working with emergency teams throughout this weekend to keep everyone up to date with the latest developments.

Craig Woolhouse, Head of Flood Incident Management at the Environment Agency said: “We are expecting some very significant flooding in the coming days across large parts of the country, and would strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings, keep a close eye on the forecasts for their area and be prepared for flooding.

“We would also ask that people stay safe, by keeping out of dangerous flood waters and not attempting to walk or drive through it.

“The Environment Agency has already opened incident rooms and has teams out on the ground checking on flood defences and clearing any blockages in order to reduce the risk of flooding as much as possible.”

For further information contact Met Office Press Office +44 (0)1392 886655 or e-mail: [email protected]

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