UK: Storm Jorge forecast to bring heavy rain and strong winds

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Flood-hit areas in Britain is facing further damage with Storm Jorge forecast to bring heavy rain and strong winds across the country over the weekend.

Yellow weather warnings for rain are in place for the North West and South West of England, parts of Wales and Northern Ireland between midday on Friday and Saturday. Strong winds are forecast for much of England, Wales and Northern Ireland on Saturday, said the national weather service Met Office.

The Met Office’s Chief Meteorologist, Paul Gundersen, said further flooding is possible with rain forecast to fall on already saturated ground.

Some places in England, Wales and Scotland have witnessed severe floods recently as hundreds of properties being flooded and residents evacuated.

This month is already the second wettest February on record. Total average rainfall across the country from Feb. 1 to 25 was 179.3 mm — more than the 175.2 mm measured in 2002, which was previously ranked as the second wettest February, the Met Office said.

England has received over 200 percent of its average February rainfall with some areas experiencing a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours, according to the Environment Agency, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Storm Jorge is the fifth storm to hit Britain since Dec. 6 last year and the third in February. Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said it was “not uncommon” to see so many storms in such a short period of time.

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