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  1. Residents warned of risk of more flooding

    People in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire are being warned more of the counties could see flooding over the next couple of days.

    People rescued and ferried to and from homes in Hereford

    While the forecast is for drier weather on Friday, the Environment Agency still has dozens of flood warnings in place across the three counties, along with a handful in Staffordshire and Warwickshire.

    With river levels still rising downstream as water from this week's rain makes its way through the system, the agency says some places may not see a peak until Saturday.

    Dozens of roads in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire were closed on Thursday due to flooding and three families were rescued by boat in Hereford.

    Clare Dinnis, Environment Agency area director for the West Midlands, said they would closely monitor rivers over the next couple of days.

    "The good news is that we're not expecting the extreme levels that we've seen particularly last year, but this is a significant flood and... some homes have already been affected."

  2. Weather: Mainly dry and chilly

    BBC Weather

    It will be chilly but bright today with sunny spells.

    There's a risk of the odd shower this afternoon, though, and it will be moderately windy. High: 6C/43F.

    Childs Ercall
    Image caption: This morning in Childs Ercall, Shropshire

    One or two showers might happen this evening too, but overnight things will turn drier with clear spells and a risk of fog later. Low: -2C/28F.

    You can get the latest forecast for your area at any time by going to the BBC Weather website.

  3. Increase in flood warnings across the West Midlands

    Dozens of flood warnings are in place in the West Midlands today with river levels still rising after this week's heavy rain.

    Map of flood warnings

    Fifteen are in Staffordshire, 10 in Herefordshire, eight in Shropshire and six in Worcestershire.

    The Environment Agency says it expects river levels in most cases to peak later on Thursday.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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."

  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.

  8. The Roaches: Moorland rocks daubed with graffiti

    Graffiti has been daubed on rocks at a Staffordshire beauty spot.

    The Roaches

    Rocks at The Roaches, near Leek, were damaged at some point between 17:00 GMT on Saturday and early Sunday morning, said Staffordshire Police.

    The force is asking for anyone with information to come forward.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, from J15 for A500 D Road to J16 for A500 Stoke-On-Trent.

    M6 Staffordshire - An accident on M6 northbound from J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to J16, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  10. Weather: Turning cloudy with rain later

    BBC Weather

    It'll be bright at times this morning but will turn mainly cloudy for most parts of the West Midlands later on. It will be mostly dry and breezy with a high of 7C (45F).

    This morning in Leek, Staffordshire
    Image caption: This morning in Leek, Staffordshire

    This evening it should stay cloudy and breezy with some showers moving in from the south west. The rain will turn persistent in the first half of tonight before easing. Low: 6C (43F).

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