Storm Dennis, second strongest Bomb Cyclone floods parts of United Kingdom, kills 1


LONDON (AP) - Britain issued severe flood warnings Monday, advising of life-threatening danger after Storm Dennis dumped weeks' worth of rain in some places.

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice visited the Foss flood barrier York today (February 17) to meet local residents, MPs, councillors and Environment Agency staff.

"We assume disruptive weather conditions into the center of this week bringing a considerable flood threat for the West Midlands, and there are flood warnings in position across substantially of England", reported Toby Willison, executive director of functions at Britain's Environment Agency.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: "Next weekend we're going to see a very active jet stream streaming its way across the Atlantic so the potential for further areas of low pressure to spin up and drive their way across the United Kingdom into the weekend".

There is more rain in the forecast this week.

"There will be wet and windy weather across the United Kingdom on Wednesday and Thursday, with the heavy rain coming back", Petagna told Sky News.

The yellow rain warning is in place between 6pm on Wednesday until 3pm on Thursday. Storm Dennis roared across Britain on Sunday, lashing towns and cities with high winds and dumping so m.

They followed Atiyah in early December and Brendan in January.

Hottest January in Earth’s history recorded in 2020
Notably, the record was "the highest monthly temperature departure without an El Niño present in the tropical Pacific Ocean". The record January temperatures follow the news that 2019 was the second hottest year on record for the entire planet.

Some 480 flood warnings and alerts were issued across England on Monday, the highest number on record, the agency said.

The River Lugg at Hampton Bishop.

West Mercia Police said residents in Upton upon Severn and Uckinghall, in Worcestershire, were advised to evacuate, with water levels expected to peak on Monday evening.

"River levels are now high, but are expected to start to drop back down to more normal levels". Jeanette and Rachel Cox had a "terrifying" evacuation from their home in Oxford Street after waking at 4am to the floodwater.

Communities across the country are counting the cost of the weekend's storm which has left more than 400 properties flooded.Among the worst affected areas were South Wales, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire where major incidents were declared.

The 55-year-old, from the Great Barr area of Birmingham, was described as a "very much loved member of our family" in a statement from relatives, released through police.

The Prime Minister resisted calls to chair a meeting of the Government's emergency committee, Cobra, to tackle the flooding crisis, despite criticism from the Labour Party.

He added: "The recent flooding is a stark reminder that the government is not doing enough to get to grips with the climate crisis".