Fresh downpour as yellow weather warning comes into effect

A fresh deluge of rain is expected to hit parts of the UK as a yellow weather warning comes into force.

A ‘heavy rain' warning will be in effect from 3am until 4pm on Tuesday.

The Met Office said there was a “small chance” that homes and businesses would be flooded, that fast-moving or deep water could be life-threatening, and that some communities would be cut off by flooded roads.

It comes as the risk of flooding in England and Wales remained medium on Monday and the death toll from Storm Babette rose to at least seven.

The warning covers a huge part of England already affected by flooding and could lead to further flooding in the East Midlands, including Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, as well as much of Yorkshire, including Sheffield, Leeds and York and Humberside.

Met Office meteorologist Rachel Ayers said some parts, likely in Lincolnshire and Humberside, could see 30-50mm of rain, while southern England and Wales could see 10-20mm.

He said there would be “some respite” across Scotland on Tuesday after the storm hit.

“The weather we're seeing on Tuesday is no longer associated with Storm Babette,” Ms Ayers told the PA news agency.

“We will see some heavy rain in areas affected by flooding during Storm Babet, although the worst affected areas in Scotland will remain mostly dry on Tuesday.”

She continued: “Within the warning area we could see some travel disruption due to spray and flooding on the roads.

“There is a slight chance of fast flowing or deep flooding causing life-threatening or some communities to be cut off due to flooded roads.”

Flooding reports to the Environment Agency (EA) reached their highest level since 2015/16 at the height of the storm, Environment Minister Rebecca Pow told the Commons on Monday.

The EA issued more than 300 flood warnings and received more than 1,800 calls to its flood line, he said.

Hundreds of people have been left homeless in the wake of Storm Babette, with around 1,250 properties in England flooded, according to EA.

Ms Pow said investigations were pending.

A total of 13 areas broke daily rainfall records for October last week, including locations in Suffolk, South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Wiltshire, Kincardineshire, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Northumberland, Derbyshire and Humberside, the Met Office said.

The death toll rose on Monday as police recovered the body of a man after reports a person was trapped in a vehicle in floodwaters near Marykirk, Aberdeenshire, on Friday.

Police Scotland said they have not yet been formally identified, but their next of kin have been informed.

On Saturday, 83-year-old Maureen Gilbert was found dead in her flooded home in Tapton Terrace, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Mrs Gilbert's neighbors said five feet of water had engulfed the inside of their properties “within minutes” of the River Rother bursting its banks.

Wendy Taylor, 57, died after being swept into the Lee Water, Glen Esk, on Thursday.

Mrs Taylor, who was described as “the beloved wife, best friend and soulmate in George's life, mother to James, Sally and Susanna and grandmother to India and George”, was said to be “a ray of light sunshine for all those who were lucky. enough to know her' in a tribute issued through Police Scotland.

Two women have died after a five-vehicle crash on the M4 on Friday, which is believed to be weather-related.

Four cars and an HGV were involved in the collision on the eastbound motorway between junction 17 for Chippenham and junction 18 for Bath.

A 56-year-old driver, John Gillan, died when a tree fell on his lorry near Forfar in Angus on Thursday and a man in his 60s died after being caught in floodwaters in Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire. Friday.

Mr Gillan's family said he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and son.