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Weather warning for Hampshire
HAMPSHIRE is bracing itself for a deluge this weekend - just days after storm St Jude brought chaos across the region.
Forecasters have issued a yellow warning for the south of England and predict rainfall of up to 40mm on Friday and Saturday.
Members of the public are warned to expect the possibility of localised flooding and disruption to transport.
The latest warning comes just days after Monday's storm, which brought much of the county to a standstill.
Thousands of homes were left without power as huge gusts of wind ripped trees out of the ground and roofs off buildings.
The latest adverse weather could lead to a repeat of the transport woes on Monday, as train services were cancelled and roads were left impassable.
Ahead of tomorrow and Saturday's predicted wet weather, the Met Office's chief forecaster's assessment said: “An area of low pressure currently developing over the Atlantic Ocean is likely to track close to or across southern England later Friday and early Saturday, bringing with it a spell of wet weather.
“Rain is expected to be the main hazard associated with this depression, 15 to 30 mm rain likely quite widely (locally 40 mm) in the area marked yellow in the Alert.
“English Channel coastal areas will also be windy for a time with gales and gusts up to 60 miles an hour. Further inland, wind speeds are expected to be much lower.
“Further north a separate zone of rain is expected over parts of North Wales and southern parts of northern England. Being more localised in nature there is, as yet, insufficient confidence in the location of this rain to warrant an alert.
“Large waves generated by this depression, and a subsequent depression crossing the UK this weekend, combined with increasing tidal heights lead to an increased risk of coastal flooding along the English Channel coast this weekend, especially in Dorset.”
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