Storm Cristoph sparks major incident as Brits told to prepare for evacuation
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Storm Christoph has sparked a major incident south Yorkshire with widespread flooding and snow expected and Brits warned of a possible evacuation.
The Met Office has already plunged areas into an Amber weather warning from Tuesday to Thursday, covering Manchester, Leeds and acres of northern England down to Peterborough.
South Yorkshire has declared a major incident ahead of potential flooding, while Greater Manchester Police has urged residents to stay home and not travel.
The Environment Agency is also working with local authorities to prepare for evacuation efforts should areas be rocked by severe flooding, and people have been told to look out for flooding alerts.
Catherine Wright, acting executive director for flood and coastal risk management at the agency, said: "If you do need to evacuate then that is allowed within the Covid rules the Government has."
It comes amid fears of torrential downpours and melting snow causing volatile conditions for northern rivers, which could burst their banks.
In a tweet posted by Ros Jones, the Mayor of Doncaster, she revealed that sandbags were being handed out in at-risk areas.
She said: “I do not want people to panic, but flooding is possible so please be prepared."
Meanwhile Assistant Chief Constable Nick Bailey, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “Heavy rainfall is expected across large parts of the North West over the next 48 hours and we’d advise people to only travel if absolutely necessary and to take great care when using the roads.
“We are closely monitoring the situation and are ready to stand up a major incident response should it be required.
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“It is likely that flood alerts will be issued (this evening) to ensure that everyone has as much time as possible to prepare for possible flooding.”
The Met Office said on Tuesday that Christoph had began battering the UK with its first batch of heavy rain. Aberllefenni in Wales has recorded 35.2mm since midnight.
Forecasters warned homes and businesses are likely to be flooded, causing damage to some buildings, and issued a “danger to life” warning due to fast-flowing or deep flood water.
It added that there is a “good chance” some communities may be cut off by flooded roads, The Guardian reported.
UK weather: 'Danger to life' Met Office weather warning as Brits brace for flash floods
Chief Meteorologist Dan Suri, said: “Following a cold spell where the main hazard was snow, our focus now turns to notably heavy rain moving across the UK this week.
“Some locations could see over 100mm of rain falling through the course just a couple of days with up to 200mm possible over higher ground.
“These amounts of rainfall along with snow melt present a real threat of flooding and people should keep a close eye on flood warnings from the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales.
UK weather: Brits brace for heavy downpours, melting snow and over 100 flood alerts
“As the system moves away into the North Sea Wednesday night and Thursday morning there will be strong winds along the east coast for a time.
“Meanwhile, colder air coming southwards into the weather system brings the risk of further snow on the back edge of this system. Temperatures will gradually fall across the UK through the end of the week and into the weekend bringing a return to widespread overnight frosts.”
The Environment Agency said the combination of torrential rain and melting snow will be “volatile”.
A yellow rain alert is in place for most of northern England and Wales from Tuesday to Wednesday, with a yellow weather warning for snow and ice in force in Scotland from Dundee to Elgin and across the east coast from Wednesday afternoon until Thursday.
The Environment Agency issued 10 flood warnings covering parts of Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire as of Monday night, with a further 109 flood alerts.
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