UK weather still affected by ex-hurricane Bertha
- 11 August 2014
- From the section UK
Parts of England and Scotland are continuing to be affected by high winds and rain brought by the remnants of what was Hurricane Bertha.
The Met Office issued a "be prepared" amber warning for rain in Scotland - in Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Siar.
A wider yellow "be aware" warning is in place across eastern and northern Scotland, and north-east England.
And floods are expected in parts of Scotland, on the Somerset coast and in Warrington.
The Environment Agency has issued four flood warnings - meaning floods are "expected" - and more than 25 alerts for the affected parts of England.
The Scottish Environment Agency has more than 30 flood warnings in place, covering Aberdeenshire, Caithness and Sutherland, Findhorn and Nairn, Moray, Tayside and Speyside.
By early Monday morning, Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland had recorded almost a month's rainfall in 12 hours, while gusts of 50mph swept through Aberdeenshire.
Scottish motorists are warned to expect disruption with some roads in Moray and the Highlands badly affected.
Meanwhile, train services have been suspended between Aberdeen and Inverness due to the weather problems. Replacement road transport will run where road conditions allow.
BBC weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood said gusty winds and blustery showers would continue across the UK "for a time yet" - particularly in eastern parts of Scotland and north-east England.
She said it was still going to be "pretty wet" in parts throughout the afternoon.
"For tomorrow, the weather front producing all this rain is still very much with us, but saying that, it will start to fragment and we will start to see the rain amounts break down," she said.
The AA warned drivers to beware of localised surface flooding and strong winds, while Police Scotland warned of possible "flooding in low-lying land, roads and to rivers which could cause delays to early morning traffic" on Monday.
In Wales, strong winds in the south have led to restrictions on the M48 Severn Bridge but it is still open.
A flypast over the White Cliffs of Dover to commemorate 100 years since the first WW1 aerial deployment has been postponed because of the weather.
The Then and Now flypast of WW1 planes alongside RAF Tornado jets is now scheduled to take place on Tuesday.
The weather brought disruption around the country over the weekend:
- In Hull, trees were brought down, damaging cars and blocking roads, when what residents called a "mini-tornado" swept through one area
- The RideLondon-Surrey 100 cycle race was shortened by 14 miles to 86 miles, and altered to avoid Leith Hill and Box Hill in Surrey
- Yacht race organisers postponed the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race for 21 hours. The race was rescheduled to start at 09:00 BST on Monday
- Brittany Ferries cancelled all sailings between Portsmouth and Cherbourg, while services on the Scillonian ferry, which operates between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly, were called off
- The last day of the Boardmasters festival in Newquay was cancelled because of the bad weather
- Some ferry services leaving Rathlin and Ballycastle in Northern Ireland were cancelled
- A mass balloon ascent in Bristol was called off
A woman in her 60s was airlifted to hospital after being hit by a tree which blew down at Fleet Pond nature reserve in Hampshire. Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Fire crews in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire pumped gallons of water out of swamped houses, while marooned drivers had to abandon their cars as they became stuck in flooded roads.
Flash flooding struck areas of Cardiff, amid heavy thunderstorms across southern England and Wales.
Hurricane Bertha hit Caribbean islands last Monday before dissipating over the central Atlantic.
The storm now crossing the UK is a low-pressure system which has picked up moisture and energy left over from Bertha.
Craig Woolhouse of the Environment Agency said that while these storms were not as bad as those from last winter, people should still stay clear of at-risk areas such as seaside promenades.