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Flood warnings as more wet weather is forecast
FLOOD warnings are being issued for the next three days as Hampshire is set to be battered by yet more stormy weather.
Residents have been told to be prepared with strong winds, large waves and heavy rain set to bear down on the county starting today and lasting until Monday.
This comes just a week after St Jude, the worst storm in years, swept in. Hurricane strength winds wreaked havoc, damaging homes and blocking roads and rail lines with fallen trees.
Now Met Office spokesman Helen Chivers said gale force winds are set to make a comeback, blasting in with speeds up to 50mph tonight.
Then there will be heavy downpours, with parts of Hampshire experiencing up to 30mm of rain – sparking Met Office “yellow warning” alerts for today and the next two days.
Mrs Chivers said: “The ground is pretty wet so there will be an increased chance of flooding.”
The heaviest rainfalls are forecast for tomorrow and early Monday with some places seeing localised accumulations of 20 to 30mm.
Water levels are set rise further with a band of heavy rainfall expected on Tuesday.
Alison Baptiste, regional flood and coastal risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: “I would advise people to be prepared.
“With more unsettled weather forecast for those areas already impacted by Monday’s storm, together with the high spring tides, there could be a lot of water in coastal areas and low-lying lands.”
To make matters worse next week sees the peak of high spring tides.
Together with the expected heavy rainfall and strong winds, this could mean that the risk of flooding in coastal areas is increased.
Mrs Baptiste added: “Those who live in an area vulnerable to flooding should think about the precautions they can take to limit the damage a flood can cause to themselves and their property.”
The Environment Agency provides a 24-hour flood warning service. Floodline Warnings Direct is a free service that gives advance warning of flooding by telephone, mobile, fax or pager.
To register for the service or for advice on things you can do to limit the damage to your property call Floodline on 0845 988 1188, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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