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  1. Some river peaks 'may not come until Saturday'

    There looks to be a changing picture this afternoon.

    Earlier we reported the Environment Agency (EA) was expecting river levels to peak later on Thursday.

    But as water from this week's heavy rain makes its way slowly through the rivers of the West Midlands, that forecast is changing.

    The EA said that while in some cases it expected river levels to start falling on Thursday afternoon, in others, peaks could come on Friday or even Saturday.

    Flooding in Severn Stoke, Worcestershire
    Image caption: Flooding in Severn Stoke, Worcestershire

    The EA has more than 40 flood warnings across the region. Worcestershire is subject to most, with 12 in place so far.

    There are also 10 in Staffordshire, nine in Herefordshire, eight in Shropshire and, with a new county to be implicated, three in Warwickshire.

  2. When floods meet a pandemic

    As we reported earlier, there are flood warnings in place for nearly 40 areas of the West Midlands.

    Those spots are in Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire.

    So far, disruption has not been as severe as that experienced elsewhere in England and Wales. But for those wondering how the situation - including evacuations - is being managed amid a pandemic, here's a brief explanation:

    People have been told Covid rules let them leave their homes in an emergency.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government was "totally prepared" for the dual crises of flooding and the pandemic and that Covid-secure facilities would be available for any people forced to evacuate as a result of the weather.

  3. Weather: Overnight flooding

    BBC Weather

    The effects of Storm Christoph are being felt in the West Midlands this morning, with flooding - and rescues - emerging overnight.

    Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire are the affected counties.

    We'll be bringing you the latest.

    For now, here's today's forecast:

    People in parts of Shropshire are being warned of icy conditions until at least 10:00. The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place.

    There are also flood warnings. We'll bring you news of those shortly.

    Area covered by weather warning

    Overall, this morning should be mainly dry and cloudy before turning more cloudy this afternoon. Relatively mild with a high of 7C/45F.

    Dry with clear skies tonight and it will be cold with a widespread frost. Low: 0C/32F.

    You can stay up-to-date with the latest weather forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

  4. Weather: Flooding alert with more rain forecast

    BBC Weather

    A yellow weather warning for rain remains in place across the West Midlands with the Met Office warning of possible flooding and disruption to transport.

    Along with the outbreaks of rain there will be brisk southwesterly winds and it will feel mild with a high of 11C/52F.

    Weather map

    More heavy rain is forecast tonight, increasing the risk of flooding but it should clear in the early hours leaving most places dry with clear spells. Low: 4C/39F.

    You can stay up-to-date on your local forecast with the BBC Weather website.

  5. Military personnel drafted in to help hospitals

    Military personnel are now assisting medical staff in a number of hospitals in the West Midlands, including in Shropshire and at the University Hospital North Midlands trust in Stoke-on-Trent.

    Princess Royal Hospital

    Members of the military drafted in to work in Shropshire’s hospitals are covering for health care assistants after staff shortages meant roles across the Princess Royal, in Telford, and the Royal Shrewsbury were being left uncovered on the rota.

    Army personnel are also expected to start work at NHS trusts in Birmingham and the Black Country.

    At a regional Covid-19 update on Friday, Prof David Loughton, chief executive of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, confirmed the military would again be supporting the region's NHS, as they did with their "absolutely pivotal role" early in the pandemic.

    He said: "There will be military personnel arriving next week within my organisation and they will be working under the supervision of senior clinicians and nursing teams and carrying out a variety of duties.

    "I believe that is similar across the West Midlands conurbation."

  6. Vaccinated people urged 'not to change behaviour'

    People who have received a coronavirus vaccination are being urged to be cautious and not change their behaviour.

    Birmingham vaccination centre

    Prof Janet Lord, the director of the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing at Birmingham University, said it was "really important that people stay on their guard even if they've had that first vaccination".

    Asked whether people who have received the jab can hug their children, she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I would certainly advise not to do that at the moment because, as you probably know, with the vaccines they take several weeks before they are maximally effective."

    She also warned against the idea of a coronavirus immunity passport until more is known about transmission of the virus among those who have been vaccinated.

  7. Heavy rain expected to bring travel disruption

    Spells of prolonged and heavy rain are set to cause travel disruption across the West Midlands, the Met Office is warning.

    Weather map

    Homes and businesses are also at risk of flooding, it said.

    The wet weather is expected to affect the region from late on Tuesday into early Thursday as Storm Christoph affects the UK.

    A yellow warning has been issued.

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    Video caption: Covid-19: Sandwell health boss says deniers 'ridiculous'

    Sandwell's director of public health Dr Lisa McNally also condemns vaccine sceptics.