Flood warnings issued in 25 areas as Storm Barra wreaks chaos – is your home affected?

Storm Barra: BBC Weather warns of strong winds across UK

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As it made its way inland yesterday, Storm Barra brought with it powerful weather conditions – including near 90mph gales and snow for some places – which led to the Met Office issuing several yellow weather warnings. Today, one wind warning is in place for south west areas of the UK, while 25 flood warnings have been issued throughout the British Isles.

Widespread flooding across the UK has been warned of for today as Storm Barra continues to make its presence known.

In total 25 flood warnings have been issued across England, Wales and Scotland for Wednesday.

The Environment Agency has put 11 flood warnings in place across England – most of which are associated with coastal areas.

Areas affected include:

  • Christchurch Harbour Side
  • Cumbrian coastline from St Bees Head to Millom, along the coast from North Head to Haverigg
  • Dorset coast at Preston Beach
  • Irish Sea at New Brighton
  • North Sea at Berwick-Upon-Tweed and Tweedmouth
  • North Sea at Roker, Sunderland
  • North Sea coast at Victoria Harbour, Hartlepool
  • Somerset coast at Clevedon, seafront properties
  • Somerset coast at Porlock Weir
  • Tyne estuary at North Shields, South Shields and Howdon Pans
  • West Bay Harbour

A further 67 flood alerts – where flooding is possible – have also been given to areas throughout England.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has determined flood warnings for five locations in Scotland, and issued an additional 11 flood alerts.

Nine flood warnings are in force across Wales at places such as Aberystwyth, Amroth and Dale.

Natural Resources Wales have also deemed it necessary to place 14 flood alerts on other parts of the country.

Once again the majority of these warnings in Scotland and Wales are concerned with coastal regions.

The Met Office has placed a yellow wind warning, for today, over parts of south and south west England, as well as the western coast of Wales.

The warning came into effect from midnight and is due to last until 6pm this evening.

Yesterday, Storm Barra swept its way through most of the UK, carrying with it powerful winds, heavy rain and snow showers.

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Wind speeds of 86mph were recorded at Aberdaron in Gwynedd, Wales.

Barra also caused around 3,200 homes across north east Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to lose power.

An estimated 360 homes, in north east England also remain without power after Barra carved a path through that part of the country yesterday.

Nonetheless, Storm Barra is not forecast to be as powerful as its predecessor, Storm Arwen – the first named storm of the season – which affected large parts of the UK just over a week ago.

Storm Barra is the second named storm of the 2021 to 2022 season, and was awarded its name by Met Eireann – the Irish equivalent of the Met Office.

Names for storms are selected from a list of suggestions that are sent in by the UK public.

The selection process is handled by the Met Office, Met Eireann and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).

Other names that were picked for this season include Dudley, Herman and Nasim.

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