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Worst weather on its way this weekend
FORGET the wet weather you’ve seen so far – the worst is yet to come.
Another gale force storm is coming to Hampshire this weekend with winds of up to 80mph battering parts of the county.
But it all starts today with rainfall of 20-40mm expected by tomorrow morning.
It means the county is once again at risk from floods with the AA’s Special Operations rescue team warning of treacherous driving conditions.
Flooding risk Team leader Darron Burness said: “With the Met Office forecasting further spells of heavy rain, the worst may still be to come.
“Thursday is of particular concern with up to 40mm of persistent rain likely across large parts of England and Wales.
“The flooding risk is likely to be most significant late tomorrow and overnight into Friday.”
Then at the weekend, high winds are set to last more than 24 hours from early Saturday morning to midday on Sunday.
A Met Office spokesman said: “We will get a brief respite of sunshine and showers on Friday but it does go downhill around midnight.
“The worst winds will be around the middle of the day Saturday and the main difference between what we have now and what’s coming Saturday is that the strongest winds are during daylight and they will probably last longer.”
It comes as the Environment Agency issued a flood warning for parts of Winchester City Centre close to the River Itchen.
Winchester City Council has been distributing sandbags and adjusting the sluice at Durngate in order to control water levels.
Forced to close Homes and businesses alike have been affected, with High Street restaurant Pizza Express being forced to close due to flooding in its basement.
Nathan Khan, who works at the bar No 5 Bridge Street by the River Itchen added: “We’ve got a bit of water in our basement but you can still access it but I still think I’m going to have to get some sandbags.”
Any concerned motorists should check @AASORT on Twitter or visit environment-agency.gov.uk for more updates.
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