Storm Desmond, the fourth named storm of the season, bought widespread heavy rain and storm force winds to areas of northern England and Scotland.
The rainfall experienced in many parts of the north west of the UK is thought to have been exceptional and early provisional rainfall statistics indicate many places have seen totals widely over 180 to 200 mm in the Lake District. It is thought very locally event totals may be in excess of 300 mm locally. The Met Office issued a Red ‘take action’ severe weather warning for rainfall yesterday, the first red warning since February 2014.
|48 Hour UK Rainfall Total 0900 4th December – 0900 6th December|
|Site Name||Area||Rainfall Total mm|
|Cluanie Inn||Ross & Cromarty||132.8|
The rainfall caused some rivers to flood and homes had to be evacuated in areas of Cumbria and in Northumberland. The Environment Agency still has a number of flood warnings in place.
An Amber ‘be prepared’ warning for wind was in place for parts of SE Scotland and NE England as wind speeds were expected that could potentially cause disruption, structural damage and disrupt transport. Gusts of over 80 mph were experienced in more exposed locations, with the strongest recorded gust of 99 mph at Great Dun Fell, a high level site in Cumbria at 847m.
|Max Gust Speeds 5 December 1800 – 6 December 0900|
|Site Name||Area||Max Gust mph|
|Needles Old Battery||Isle of Wight||78|
|High Bradfield||South Yorkshire||77|
There are no weather warnings in place for the rest of today (Sunday), however the Environment Agency and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) still have a number of flood warnings in place as water courses are still reacting to yesterday’s rainfall. A warning is in place for Monday and will be updated as required.
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