The Met Office has issued multiple weather warnings for most of the UK for this weekend. Persistent downpours are expected to bring flooding and transport disruption.
According to the weather forecaster, more than 20 flood alerts have been put in place as Storm Alex arrives.
Storm Alex – which has been affecting France – brought gale-force winds reaching 61mph to southern England on Friday and is set to continue wreaking havoc.
Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said the highest wind speeds of 61mph hit Berry Head in Devon and the Isle of Wight on Friday morning.
Now graphs from WXCharts show the entire country covered with rain predictions throughout the weekend.
An amber alert covering North West England, South West England, Wales and the West Midlands has been issued from midday today until early Sunday morning.
Parts of Wales, southwest England and eastern Scotland could see over 100mm of rain falling over the weekend.
The Met Office has warned there will be a “good chance” communities could be cut off by flooded roads.
Earlier this week, Steve Ramsdale, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, warned it will be a “miserable” end to the week.
He said: “It’ll be quite a miserable end to the working week for southern and south-west England as Storm Alex brings heavy rain and strong winds tomorrow, with coastal gales of around 60-65mph for some.
“Away from the south it’ll be a more pleasant day, with light winds and bright spells for much of northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“However, as the strong winds and rain associated with Storm Alex clear away from Britain later on Friday, another low-pressure system moves towards the UK from the east bringing further very heavy rain and strong winds to many over the weekend.”
Jonathan Day, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Heavy rain will bring the potential for surface water flooding and perhaps some river flooding across the south of England on Friday.
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“More widespread and persistent heavy rain across much of England will bring the potential for further river and surface water flooding over the weekend.
“Environment Agency teams have been working hard to clear grills and weed screens in areas which may be affected, and are ready to support local authorities leading on responses to surface water flooding incidents, should they occur.
“We urge people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water – it is often deeper than it looks and just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float your car.”
Storm Alex has already wreaked havoc across the country with roads flooded and dangerous driving conditions.
It is believed around nine breakdowns per minute have been forecast on UK roads between Friday and Monday.
RAC Breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis said: “Heavy rain will make road conditions miserable if not downright dangerous for drivers this weekend, and they’ll need to be prepared for an ugly mix of surface spray, gusty winds and more than likely some disruption on the roads.
“Floods are also a possibility so drivers should remember never to attempt to drive through water unless they know for sure that it’s shallow enough.
“For drivers who are unlucky enough to breakdown in the horrid conditions, our patrols will be working around the clock to get them moving again.”
The last time amber warnings were issued for rain was back in March when the country braced itself for heavy rain.
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