Britain braces for a battering from Storm Bella

Forecasters have warned that Storm Bella will bring heavy rain and gale-force winds to the UK and Ireland today (Saturday).

In exposed coastal locations winds of 70mph are predicted with further downpours of heavy rain.

The Met Office has said that between 40-60mm of rain will fall over hills in some areas. As water levels rose dramatically on Christmas Day some 1,300 properties along the Great Ouse in Bedfordshire were affected with residents advised leaving their homes.

Further rain is expected to fall tomorrow and Monday with the area being under a severe flood warning from the Met Office.

They have also issued an amber warning for high winds across South Wales and the South of England which could disrupt travel they have said.

yellow wind alert is in place for the whole of England and Wales along with the south of Scotland which will take effect from 3 pm today.

Bedfordshire Police on Friday “strongly urged” residents living near the River Great Ouse in north Bedfordshire to seek alternative accommodation due to fears of flooding with Superintendent Steve Ashdown from the Bedfordshire police saying “The river is currently at heightened levels and we’re predicting a significant flooding event by 8 pm this evening – Appreciate the timing of this at Christmas Day is not great, but the risk to you and your family and wellbeing is significant.”  Global247News Twitter

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