UK battered by storms: As it happened

Key Points

  • Forecasters are warning of gusts of up to 70mph on the west coast of Britain, in south-east England and the east coast of Northern Ireland.
  • More than 100 flood warnings, meaning "flooding is expected", are in place in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Three severe flood warnings, meaning "danger to life", are in place.
  • National Rail says weather conditions are disrupting some services
  • Major roads in areas such as Pembrokeshire, West Sussex, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Devon are closed because of flooding.
  • Risk of severe gales as Monday's storm gathers momentum during the afternoon
  1.  
    0631:

    Good morning and welcome to our coverage of all the latest news about the severe weather as parts of the UK face another day being battered by fierce winds and colossal waves. And there are more warnings of flooding in England, Scotland and Wales, with the worst of it expected in western and southern areas.

     
  2.  
    0638:

    For a sense of scale of the likely problems ahead today, the Environment Agency has issued flood warnings - meaning flooding is expected - in 94 areas in England and Wales. A severe flood warning is in place in Lower Stour, in Dorset, which means there is a significant risk to life.

     
  3.  
    0650:

    Coastal winds are expected to be particularly dangerous today too. The Met Office is warning of gusts of up to 70mph on Britain's west coast, the south-east of England and the east coast of Northern Ireland. These are likely to whip up waves which could reach up to 10m high in western Scotland, Wales and south-west England.

     
  4.  
    0652:

    The morning commute for some will take longer than usual because of the severe weather. We'll try to keep you updated on the latest travel situation through the morning. In Virginia Water, Surrey, there's a tree on the line so South West Trains are warning of delays.

     
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    0658:
  6.  
    0658:

    In rural Dorset, drivers are facing problems caused by flooding around Blandford, Milbourne St Andrew and Stoborough.

     
  7.  

    South West Trains tweets: NEW: Delays between #Fulwell and Shepperton until further notice

     
  8.  
    Environment Agency

    NEW Flood warning for Middle Avon at the Close & the Friary, plus Salisbury College, Salisbury

     
  9.  
    0708:
    Workers lay sandbags

    With more bad weather forecast, Environment Agency workers were out laying sandbags next to the River Thames on Osney Island in Oxford on Sunday.

     
  10.  
    Environment Agency

    tweets: NEW Flood warning for today's 1100 high tide at Preston Beach & two hours after

     
  11.  
    0714:

    The tree on the line at Virginia Water has been cleared, says South West Trains. Passengers are being warned to expect delays of up to 45 minutes until 09:00 GMT.

     
  12.  
    0718:
    The BBC's Andrew Plant

    The BBC's Andrew Plant says the south Somerset village of Muchelney has been cut off for about four days. "On a day when many people are just going back to work after Christmas and the new year, for people in Somerset the going is very difficult indeed - and for the villagers here they are not going anywhere anytime soon," he says.

     
  13.  
    0719:

    Have you been affected by the floods? Please get in touch using the form in our main story. Send your pictures and videos to yourpics@bbc.co.uk or text them to 61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (International).

     
  14.  
    0722:

    Here's the latest on flood warnings for England and Wales. There are:

    • 1 severe flood warning - indicating danger to life - in place at the Lower Stour in Dorset
    • There are 98 flood warnings - indicating flooding is expected and immediate action is required
    • 232 flood alerts are in place, meaning flooding is possible, be prepared

    For a full list, updated every 15 minutes, check here.

     
  15.  
    BBC Travel Southwest

    tweets: #Cornwall A replacement bus service is running on First Great Western between Liskeard and Looe due to flooding

     
  16.  
    National Rail

    tweets: Trains are currently unable to run from Barnham towards Horsham because of flooding at #ChristsHospital.

     
  17.  
    0735:

    You can also follow all the latest developments by clicking:

     
  18.  
    0735:

    Wiltshire Fire and Rescue say they received 60 calls about flooding over the weekend and attended about 30 properties to help pump out water. They are warning people not to drive through flood water this morning.

     
  19.  
    0738:

    Trains between Romsey and Southampton, via Redbridge, are back up and running, says South West Trains, after earlier flooding.

     
  20.  
    0741:

    Farnham in Surrey is likely to be hit by traffic jams, as the A31 is blocked again due to flooding between the Coxbridge Roundabout and Station Road.

     
  21.  
    BBC Travel Southwest

    tweets: Exmouth seafront is closed to traffic due to the weather.

     
  22.  
    0748:

    Here's a quick round-up of other road closures in south-west England:

    • Morton Common in Sandown
    • Various roads around Blandford
    • A29 Shripney
     
  23.  
    0748:

    And here are areas in the South West where you can expect flooding:

    • A379 at Aveton Gifford
    • A354 at Pimperne
    • A352 at East Knighton
    • A35 at Bloxworth
     
  24.  
    0759:
    A wave breaks over sign reading Bathing Dangerous in Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan

    For many, today's weather will feel like more of the same. Heavy rain fell across much of the UK over the weekend, flooding properties, battering coastlines and leaving roads and fields under water. The transport network was also hit, with road closed and trains delayed or cancelled. In Oxford, a 47-year-old man died when his mobility scooter fell from a flooded path into a river.

     
  25.  
    National Rail

    tweets: CLEARED: Trains are now able to run normally between Liskeard and #Looe following flooding

     
  26.  
    0807:

    You can follow all the latest updates in our main BBC News website story or on the BBC News Channel.

     
  27.  
    National Rail

    tweets: CLEARED: First Great Western trains through #SouthamptonCentral are now able to run normally following flooding between Redbridge and Romsey

     
  28.  
    0810:

    Currently, there are plenty of showers in south-east England, parts of Wales, western Scotland and Northern Ireland, says the BBC Weather centre. And of course there are strong winds, which are expected to peak towards lunchtime.

     
  29.  
    0817:

    Our BBC colleagues in Wales are reporting times for Monday's high tides and details of travel disruption caused by the bad weather.

     
  30.  
    0819:

    Jonathan Day, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, is warning that the risk of flooding continues this week. "Although high tides are now falling, there remains a risk of coastal flooding, especially on the south and west coasts," he says. "In addition, wet conditions have left the ground saturated in many areas, increasing the risk of river and surface water flooding."

     
  31.  
    0826:
    People in kayak

    David and Tracey Bradley, who live in Muchelney on the Somerset Levels, which is currently cut off, tell BBC Breakfast they are making daily trips in canoes to fetch essential supplies.

    Mrs Bradley says: "It's pretty desolate really, especially for the elderly and the children." She adds that it is also "treacherous", and even wading through the flood water is "very dangerous".

     
  32.  
    Network Rail

    tweets: Weather conditions are disrupting services across the network - please check with @nationalrailenq or your train operator for travel info.

     
  33.  
    0829:

    Here's the latest on flood warnings for England and Wales. There are:

    • 1 severe flood warnings - indicating danger to life - in place in Lower Stour, Dorset
    • There are 107 flood warnings - indicating flooding is expected and immediate action is required
    • 232 flood alerts are in place, meaning flooding is possible, be prepared

    For a full list, updated every 15 minutes, check here.

     
  34.  
    0855:

    More flooding is being reported in Playhatch, Clanfield and Challow, in Oxfordshire.

     
  35.  
    0855:

    Flood warnings for Scotland are provided by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. There are currently 10 in place.

     
  36.  
    Met Office warnings

    tweets: Yellow Warning of Rain for South West England : Dorset, Poole & Bournemouth valid from 0840 Mon 06 Jan to 2359...

     
  37.  
    0857:

    A quick reminder of what the different levels of weather warnings mean. A yellow warning indicates severe weather is possible and people should "be aware", while amber indicates "be prepared", as the weather is worsening. The Met Office has a handy guide on its website.

     
  38.  
    0859:

    Long delays on the A22 South Godstone.

     
  39.  
    0906:
    Daily Express front page 6/1/14

    Several of today's papers carry images of flooding on their front pages alongside warnings of more weather woe to come. But inside, the images show everything's bigger in the US, including the bad weather. There, they are struggling to cope with heavy snow brought by a "polar vortex".

     
  40.  
    0914:

    Police in Northern Ireland have issued a flood warning for parts of Belfast and the Ards peninsula. Underground car park operators have been told to close today and thousands of sandbags have been given out across east Belfast in recent days.

     
  41.  
    0919:

    Have you been affected by the floods? Please get in touch using the form in our main story. Send your pictures and videos to yourpics@bbc.co.uk or text them to 61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (International).

     
  42.  
    0922:
    River Thames Path, near Osney, Oxford

    The BBC's Phil Mercer found the River Thames path near Osney, Oxford, disappearing under water.

     
  43.  
    0922:

    Latest from the Met Office: Bands of heavy showers will continue to move eastwards across parts of the UK today. These are likely to be most frequent across south and west Scotland, north-west England and north Wales and will be accompanied by squally winds along with hail and thunder.

     
  44.  
    0928:

    So, how much rain can we expect today? Met Office forecasters say some 0.2in (5mm) to 0.4in (10mm) of rain could fall in less than an hour, with locally 0.6in (15mm) to 1in (25mm) of rain through today and perhaps as much as 1.6in (40mm) on high ground.

     
  45.  
    BBC Travel Southwest

    tweets: #Devon #Cornwall Tamar Bridge one lane closed due high winds, traffic moving well though. 30 minute wait 2 ferries running at Torpoint.

     
  46.  
    0930:

    Any let up in the rain? Not yet, says the Met Office, which is warning of heavy showers, some with hail and thunder, in Hampshire, Surrey, Greater London, Kent, Medway, East Sussex, Portsmouth, Southampton, West Sussex, Brighton and Hove and the Isle of Wight for the rest of Monday and Tuesday.

     
  47.  
    Ceredigion Council

    tweets: Residents between Pier and Constitution Hill should leave properties and go to our Rest Centre in Penglais School ASAP before 10am

     
  48.  
    0940:

    Our reporter Andrew Plant has been meeting the people of Muchelney - an island of 200 on the Somerset levels, an area of normally-drained land. They've been cut off by flooding on all sides since Friday and are starting to run out of fresh food. Read a bit more about the islanders' fate in our main news story.

     
  49.  
    0947:

    Long delays on the A22 South Godstone-Blindley Heath due to flooding.

     
  50.  
    0948:

    A30 to the north of Barford St Martin has been closed due to flooding, according to @wiltshireroads

     
  51.  
    0949:

    A354 Coombe Bisset, in Wiltshire, closed due to flooding.

     
  52.  
    0956:

    BBC Weather's Carol Kirkwood delivers her latest forecast, saying Monday will be a "very windy" day of "sunshine and showers" for much of the UK.

     
  53.  
    1004:
    A22 hold-ups caused by flooding

    There are morning hold-ups on the A22 as people try to get to work and school on the first day back after the Christmas break.

     
  54.  
    1014:

    David and Tracey Bradley, from Somerset, are making daily trips by canoe to fetch essential supplies - after all four routes in to their village of Muchelney were inundated by floodwaters. Here, they tell the BBC how they are coping.

     
  55.  
    1015:

    There are reports that students at Aberystwyth University are chasing the waves in flip flops and shorts, says the local lifeboat station. It warns that damage to the promenade and high tides are a "bad mix".

     
  56.  
    1015:

    Properties along Aberystwyth promenade are being evacuated. A rest centre has been set up at Penglais School.

     
  57.  
    1020:

    A landslip is causing rail delays between Gatwick Airport and East Croydon.

     
  58.  
    1035:

    Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will chair a meeting of the government's Cobra emergency committee this afternoon. He wants to make sure all agencies are ready to respond and help communities during the bad weather.

     
  59.  
    @bbckevinthomas

    tweets: Latest wave height info from Sevenstones, now registering 27ft

    (Sevenstones is a lightship and weather station moored off reefs, nearly 15 miles from Land's End in Cornwall)

     
  60.  
    1044:

    BBC reporter Chris Dearden says a house is on fire after being struck by lightning at Llanfachraeth on Anglesey.

     
  61.  
    1045:

    Surreta Fielder attempted to get to work in Hove, East Sussex, before admitting defeat. She saw lots of cars that had broken down and were stranded in the flood waters.

    Floods in Horsham
     
  62.  
    1045:

    More from National Rail:

    • Delays between Ramsgate and Canterbury West expected until 11:30 GMT
    • Delays between Finsbury Park and Moorgate have cleared
    • Delays of up to 30 minutes between Gatwick and East Croydon
    • Buses are replacing trains between Effingham Junction and Guildford
     
  63.  
    1048:

    Here's the latest on flood warnings for England and Wales:

    • One severe flood warning - indicating danger to life - in place at Lower Stour in Dorset
    • There are 104 flood warnings - indicating flooding is expected and immediate action is required
    • 227 flood alerts are in place, meaning flooding is possible, be prepared

    For a full list, updated every 15 minutes, check here.

     
  64.  
    1106:
    Ross Hawkins
    Ross Hawkins

    BBC political correspondent Ross Hawkins - in Birmingham to report on the UK economy - finds his BBC brolly is no match for the gale-force wind.

     
  65.  
    1112:

    Geoff Turner flies from an airfield near Marlow, Buckinghamshire, and took this aerial shot of flooding in the area.

    Flooding in Marlow, Bucks
     
  66.  
    1112:

    Quick update on the trains:

    • Trains are running normally between Woking and Weybridge after a tree on the line
    • The Hastings to Tunbridge Wells route is clear but there may be delays of up to an hour
    • Gatwick delays expected until 11:45 GMT
     
  67.  
    1118:
    People watch and photograph enormous waves as they break on Porthcawl harbour, south Wales

    The first of the photography agency pictures are starting to come in, with this dramatic shot taken of people watching enormous waves break over Porthcawl Harbour in south Wales.

     
  68.  
    1122:

    Elizabeth Barrett took this photo of a flooded car park in Plymouth.

    Flooded car park in Plymouth
     
  69.  
    National Rail

    tweets: NEW: Delays to and from #Penzance.

     
  70.  
    1138:

    The Environment Agency is warning people to continue to be careful around swollen rivers, and around coastlines, as more strong winds and large waves are forecast, especially in the south and west of England.

     
  71.  
    1138:

    Howard Davies, from the agency, said: "We've still got very high river levels in parts of the country. We've still got some strong winds on the coast. And we are urging people to make sure that they stay safe - at this time when the rivers are like this, stay away from coastal fronts and the rivers because of the dangers they pose."

     
  72.  
    1140:

    Network Rail says services are not operating on the Cumbrian coast line because of significant damage caused by the storm and flooding which has affected the west coast of the UK.

     
  73.  
    1143:

    Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will make a Commons statement at 15:30 GMT on the impact of the bad weather. He will also be convening a meeting of the government's emergency committee Cobra at 12:00.

     
  74.  

    Chris Barraclough, in Horsham, West Sussex, sent in this photo of his daughter Caroline: "A bit of a light-hearted look at commuting to London this morning as it was impossible due to flooding."

    Commuting in a kayak
     
  75.  
    1155:

    An avalanche forecaster has captured the full force of a whiteout in the Cairngorms in a series of photographs of his dog disappearing under snow.

    Dog in whiteout conditions in Northern Cairngorms Stanley is transformed into a snow dog by spindrift, wind-blown snow, during whiteout conditions
     
  76.  
    1159:

    Environment Secretary Owen Paterson says the government is spending "more than ever before" on flood defences. He was responding to claims by Labour that he hasn't protected budgets.

     
  77.  
    1159:

    Mr Paterson said: "We've brought in partnership funding during the coalition government which has brought in significant funds form local councils and from private businesses, and at a very difficult time for the public finances we have increased money on the flood defences and we are absolutely right to do so."

     
  78.  
    1159:
    Flooding in Wolvercote, Oxford

    This image of flooding in Wolvercote was tweeted to BBC Oxford

     
  79.  
    1210:

    The BBC's Arwyn Jones reports from Pembrokeshire, where the main route to the cathedral city of St David's is now completely closed after the flood defence system got pushed back by the power of the sea.

     
  80.  
    1225:

    Preparations are being made to close the Thames Barrier from 15:00 GMT, for the ninth tide in a row says the Environment Agency.

     
  81.  
    1227:

    So what's behind all this rain? Stav Danaos, of the BBC Weather Centre, says the current storms are being caused by a succession of low pressure systems which have been developing over the Atlantic and racing into the UK. "It's all down to the fact that we've got huge temperature contrasts in Canada and the United States - Arctic air pushing down south - and this temperature contrast has generated powerful jet stream, which has been generating these areas of low pressure," he says.

     
  82.  
    1228:

    Here's the latest from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency: "River levels remain high after Sunday, further showers expected today, keep an eye on our website for the latest situation."

     
  83.  
    1229:

    Scottish Environment Protection Agency: "The coastal surge is expected to be lower than Friday but wind and waves could result in more spray."

     
  84.  
    1231:

    The Grade I-listed St Mary the Virgin Church in Charminster, Dorset, has been flooded. Susan Pearson, wife of the church warden, said: "Water is seeping up through the floor. It is now 10 inches deep throughout the church. The water is over the first step in the chancel and into the bell tower."

    Flooding at St Mary the Virgin Church in Charminster, Dorset
     
  85.  
    Sarah Sheikh

    sent us this picture of Woolwich after the Thames Barrier was closed on Saturday. "I knew there was meant to be bad weather in coastal areas but you don't expect it in south east London," she said.

    Flooding in Woolwich
     
  86.  
    1237:

    National Rail says delays to and from Penzance have been cleared.

     
  87.  
    1238:

    Although high tide has passed in Boscastle, Cornwall, the sea remains rough.

    Boscastle, Cornwall
     
  88.  
    1241:

    Industry body the Rail Delivery Group says most scheduled services are operating. A spokeswoman said: "Although some parts of the rail network have been affected by localised flooding and other weather-related damage, 96% of scheduled services are running and more than eight out of 10 trains are arriving as planned."

     
  89.  
    1249:

    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency currently has 18 flood warnings in place, including in Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire and Arran, Scottish Borders, Tayside and West Central Scotland.

     
  90.  
    Paul Rees in Newquay

    emails: Newquay is experiencing some of its biggest waves for many years, the legendary Cribbar wave could reach 30ft by mid afternoon.

     
  91.  
    1255:

    The Environment Agency has one severe flood warning - meaning "danger to life" - for Iford Bridge Home Park, near Bournemouth.

     
  92.  
    Rob Payne

    sent us several pictures of the waves crashing at Sidmouth in Devon. "The high tide was reportedly one of the highest in the year," he said. "There were a few people along the promenade this morning, even people walking a dog on the beach."

    Waves at Sidmouth
     
  93.  
    1259:

    There are also 106 flood warnings ("immediate action required") and 216 flood alerts ("be prepared") in England and Wales.

     
  94.  
    1303:

    Rebecca Davies, pro-vice chancellor at Aberystwyth University, tells BBC Radio Wales that the university has evacuated just over 250 students from halls of residence and private rented properties on the seafront. They are preparing to offer them emergency overnight accommodation if needed. Exams scheduled this week have been postponed until next week. Students who have not returned to the university yet are being advised to stay away until the middle of the week.

     
  95.  
    Monica Chard in Sunbury on Thames

    emailed her concerns: The EA (Environment Agency) site has stated no flooding at Sunbury despite there being major flooding from the Thames. We have had no alerts or phone calls. TODAY, the first day back to work, and all of a sudden their website DOES say flood risk here and we have had texts and phone calls. So, were they all off during the Christmas break? Unacceptable lax attitude to so many who are already under water here.

     
  96.  
    1313:
    Waves crash against the Aberystwyth coastline, in Wales

    Aberystwyth's coastline, where seafront flats have been evacuated, has seen huge waves caused by high tides and strong winds blowing in from the west.

     
  97.  
    1314:

    BBC weather presenter Stav Danaos says there is a risk of severe gales this afternoon, with gusts potentially of 70mph affecting the south coast of England and the Irish Sea coast.

     
  98.  
    1314:

    There are various road closures around Ringwood, Hightown and Crow in the New Forest due to flooding.

     
  99.  
    1317:

    Just to add to the weather woes on the roads, the M1 is likely to be closed all afternoon southbound between junctions 8 and 6 due to a serious accident. Also no access to the M25 at junction 6a.

     
  100.  
    1330:

    Defra's Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science is predicting wave heights off Land's End in Cornwall of 9m (30ft) this afternoon.

     
  101.  
    1334:

    On a lighter note, watch the BBC's Ross Hawkins battle with an umbrella in the wind - and lose.

     
  102.  
    1342:
    Aberystwyth seafront

    Another picture from Aberystwyth where the seafront is taking a real battering from the waves.

     
  103.  
    1349:

    Just a reminder that Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will make a Commons statement on the latest situation in a couple of hours' time (15:30 GMT), having chaired a meeting of the government's Cobra emergency committee.

     
  104.  
    1355:

    New flood warning from the Environment Agency for the River Wreake for mills at Hoby, Thrussington and Ratcliffe in Leicestershire.

     
  105.  
    1357:

    The Environment Agency says large waves and high tides are expected tonight and tomorrow on Dorset's south-west coast at Chesil Beach and Chiswell.

     
  106.  
    1357:

    In its latest update, the agency has reiterated its warning to people to stay away from coastal roads, paths, promenades and jetties.

     
  107.  
    1401:

    Natural Resources Wales is also issuing warnings to communities along the coastline.

     
  108.  
    1402:

    More than 300 properties have been flooded but more than 220,000 have been protected by flood defences, according to latest Environment Agency figures.

     
  109.  
    1404:

    Paul Mustow, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: "The risk of flooding continues this week, with communities in the south west and south east urged to be particularly vigilant."

     
  110.  
    Shelter on Aberystwyth Promenade collapses

    Rory Wilson sent in this photo of the shelter on Aberystwyth Promenade collapsing.

     
  111.  
    1412:
  112.  
    1420:
    Rescue teams from Burnham Area Rescue Boat hovercraft help villagers in cut-off flooded Muchelney on the Somerset Levels.

    This picture was tweeted by BBC reporter Jon Kay. Rescue teams from Burnham Area Rescue Boat hovercraft help villagers in cut-off flooded Muchelney on the Somerset Levels.

     
  113.  
    1421:

    The Environment Agency South West reports one severe flood warning, 31 flood warnings and 42 flood alerts in the region.

     
  114.  
    1432:

    Dave Owens, of Cornwall Council, estimates the cost of the damage to date is about £1.5m. "That is only going to go higher," he warns. "That doesn't include anything on the coast path yet. We will probably get collapses as a consequence of this weather, for probably around 12 months."

     
  115.  
    1433:

    This from BBC weather presenter Chris Fawkes: "Ten metre waves across the south west look stunning but are incredibly dangerous. Do stand well back if you are going down to the coastline. Give the sea conditions the respect they deserve."

     
  116.  
    1438:

    BBC Travel Scotland update: High wind warning on the Erskine Bridge - high-sided vehicles should take care. ScotRail services between Kilwinning and Ardrossan Harbour, and between Kilwinning and Largs, suspended due to the weather.

     
  117.  
    1439:

    More on that M1 closure - although not caused by the weather it will add to travel problems. It remains closed southbound junctions 8 to 6 due to a serious accident.

     
  118.  
    1440:

    National Rail says buses will replace trains between Carlisle and Whitehaven until further notice.

     
  119.  
    1445:
    Environment Agency three-day flood risk forecast for England and Wales maps

    Here's the Environment Agency's three-day flood risk forecast for England and Wales.

     
  120.  
    1454:
    Waves in Newquay

    Photographer Aaron Parsons captured these huge waves around Newquay, Cornwall. "This part of the coastline is very well known for its great surf on most days but when large swells hit these shores a wave called the "Cribbar" appears directly off the peninsula which can sometimes, like today, hit the 30ft mark," he said.

     
  121.  
    1455:

    The main road through Weare Giffard in north Devon is blocked both ways because of a fallen tree, BBC Travel Southwest says.

     
  122.  
    1502:
    Waves in Aberystwyth

    Maureen Stringer, a student at Aberystwyth University, sent in this photo of the huge waves.

     
  123.  
    1504:

    Richard Griffiths, who runs the Richmond Hotel in storm-battered Aberystwyth, said: "The seafront looks like a bomb has hit it today. It's devastated. We are right on the promenade and the storm is only just starting to abate now."

     
  124.  
    1511:

    The M1 has now reopened southbound junctions 8 to 6 - however there are currently very long delays in the area. This was due to an accident but is obviously adding to the travel problems caused by the weather.

     
  125.  
    1511:

    The Environment Agency South West says there is currently one severe flood warning, 31 flood warnings and 42 flood alerts in the region.

     
  126.  
    Mary Whitewright

    caught this image of the swelling waters at Little Haven, Pembrokeshire, just after 10:00 GMT today.

    Flooding at Little Haven, Pembrokeshire
     
  127.  
    1518:

    A reminder that Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will be making a statement in the Commons about the weather in the next 15 minutes.

     
  128.  
    1519:
    Exposed boat wreck in Newquay harbour

    Newquay harbour master Graham Alecock-Smith says so much sand has been lost from the harbour that it's exposed a boat wreck that has never been seen before.

     
  129.  
    1520: Sioned Llewelyn

    was also among the many people astounded by the tides at Aberystwyth this morning and sent this image from North Beach.

    Waves crashing at North Beach, Aberystwyth
     
  130.  
    1523:

    There are now three severe flood warnings - meaning "danger to life" - in England and Wales. These are for the Sea Life Centre and the Preston Beach Road area of Lodmore; Brandy Row, Pebble Lane, Victoria Road up to the junction with Queens Road, the car park and the depot in Chiswell; and Iford Bridge Home Park, all in Dorset.

     
  131.  
    1535:

    Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is giving a statement in the Commons.

     
  132.  
    1536:

    Mr Paterson: Thoughts with those affected by the weather.

     
  133.  

    Mr Paterson: Severe disruption to important transport links caused by the bad weather.

     
  134.  

    Mr Paterson recapped on the impact of the bad weather over the Christmas and New Year period, saying:

    • There were seven deaths in England between 23 December and 5 January associated with the severe weather
    • Rainfall was up to 90mm in Cumbria and 70mm in parts of south-east England
    • Winds in southern coastal areas reached up to 90 mph
    • 750,000 households had no electricity supply, but it was restored in 90% of homes within a day
    • More than 220,000 properties have been protected from flooding
     
  135.  
    1539:

    Mr Paterson: 147,00 home and businesses have received flood warning advice.

     
  136.  
    1540:

    Mr Paterson: Government's Cobra emergency committee met eight times during the storms.

     
  137.  
    1547:

    Shadow environment secretary Maria Eagle in the Commons: Despite all efforts it is clear some communities experienced delays and difficulties in getting the help they needed.

     
  138.  
    1551:

    Ms Eagle questioned cuts to the Environment Agency's budget.

     
  139.  
    1555:

    Mr Paterson said the government was putting more money into flood defences than ever before.

     
  140.  
    1557:

    The government announced a review into the response to the severe weather.

     
  141.  
    Jonni

    Jonni tweets: So much flooding between Reading and Oxford, just fields of water where the river's burst its banks. And some people's gardens :(

     
  142.  
    Lauren Luxford

    also tweets about flooding fears in the Thames Valley: All sounding a bit scary in Oxford re: flooding. Hope everyone is staying safe & there's a clear route home tonight!

     
  143.  
    1608:

    The Commons debate is continuing. You can follow it here at the BBC's Democracy Live.

     
  144.  
    1608:

    Looking ahead, the showers will come through thick and fast overnight on strong south-westerly winds with 10-20mm (0.4-0.8in) of rain over southern counties of England.

     
  145.  
    1609:

    And tomorrow, there will be a wet start in England and Wales with plenty of showers, although they will ease through the day. Northern Ireland and Scotland will keep the showers all day. BBC weather presenter Chris Fawkes has the forecast.

     
  146.  
    1613:

    On that rather damp note, we'll say goodbye. Thanks for reading. Stay safe and good afternoon.

     

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