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Storm Bella is bringing storms up to 100 km / h TODAY after people were evacuated from their homes on Christmas Day


Storm Bella will bring violent storms and heavy rain on Boxing Day, the Met Office warned after people were evacuated from their homes due to flooding on Christmas Day.

Its arrival will bring winds of up to 100 km / h to exposed coastal locations and further downpours.

The country was flooded on Christmas Day and residents living in parts of Bedfordshire were told to leave their homes.

An amber wind warning was issued on Saturday for parts of south Wales and all of southern England, warning of a break in the voyage.

In the meantime, a yellow wind warning has also been issued for the whole of England and Wales and the extreme south of Scotland, which will come into effect on Boxing Day from 3 p.m.

It follows relatively calm and cold conditions across the UK on Friday, with early morning snowfall in some areas – the weather service declared this a white Christmas.

Reports of snow came in from Leconfield in Humberside and Wattisham in Suffolk at 5am on Friday morning, while parts of Greater Manchester saw snow in the afternoon.

In addition to the strong winds, the Met Office said a period of heavy rain will hit the western and southern areas on Boxing Day.

St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, after the River Great Ouse burst its banks. More bad weather is forecast for Boxing Day. Storm Bella is expected to bring heavy rain

Hundreds were evacuated from their homes and vehicles after a period of heavy rain on Christmas Eve. Severe flood warnings for the River Nene in Northamptonshire indicated a threat to life. Pictured: Billings Aquadrome today

Hundreds were evacuated from their homes and vehicles after a period of heavy rain on Christmas Eve. Severe flood warnings for the River Nene in Northamptonshire indicated a threat to life. Pictured: Billings Aquadrome today

Across England at 5 a.m. on Christmas Day, a total of 111 flood warnings and 137 flood warnings, plus the two major flood warnings, remained in effect as huge amounts of water flowed through river basins. Pictured: Billings Aquadrome

Across England at 5 a.m. on Christmas Day, a total of 111 flood warnings and 137 flood warnings, plus the two major flood warnings, remained in effect as huge amounts of water flowed through river basins. Pictured: Billings Aquadrome

A yellow rain warning was issued on Saturday for parts of Scotland, Wales and much of north and south-west England, including areas that have already suffered flooding from recent rains.

Bedfordshire Police on Friday urged residents near the River Great Ouse in north Bedfordshire to seek alternative accommodation for fear of flooding.

On Christmas Day, Superintendent Steve Ashdown, who heads the response, said officials had visited just over 1,300 homes in the area the night before.

"The river is currently at an elevated level and we forecast a major flood event at 8pm tonight," he said in a video on Twitter.

“If you received one of these communications last night, you are in one of the properties most threatened by this flood. If it is safe for you to do so, we encourage you to go as soon as you are able.

"Estimating the timing on Christmas Day isn't great, but the risk to you and your family and wellbeing is significant."

He asked residents to leave their homes, if possible in a "Covid-safe manner," and advised them to go to a single location and stay there until it is safe to return in the coming days.

Across England, a total of 85 flood warnings and 110 flood warnings, plus the two severe flood warnings, remained in effect on Christmas Day at 4 p.m. as huge amounts of water flowed through river basins.

Northamptonshire Police ordered people to stay away from Billing Aquadrome Holiday Park after hundreds were evacuated on Christmas Eve due to the high water levels on the River Nene.

The force said the water level reached 5 feet in some places and rescue services had used boats to bring residents in the hardest hit areas to safety.

Most of the evacuees, with one particular exception from the Covid-19 restrictions, were able to find accommodation with friends and family while around 100 people were taken to a hotel.

Cars are submerged in water after the Great Ouse River burst its banks and caused severe flooding in the area

Cars are submerged in water after the Great Ouse River burst its banks and caused severe flooding in the area

Detective Superintendent Jamie Piscopo said, “The emergency services are working hard to get residents back to the site as soon as possible. However, this is currently not certain.

"We would urge you to stay away until it is safe."

The UK is hit by 100 km / h winds on Boxing Day as thousands are forced to evacuate their homes on Boxing Day after widespread flooding in Bedfordshire.

Residents living near the River Great Ouse in north Bedfordshire have been urged to leave their homes and seek alternative accommodation because of the risk of flooding.

Bedfordshire Police have tweeted that people should be looking for alternative housing – overriding current Covid-19 regulations.

Superintendent Steve Ashdown said, “In the north of the country, where we anticipate flooding, there are now a number of major flood warnings, including some for major floods that could be life threatening.

"We contacted 1,309 properties along the river last night with a suggestion that they evacuate and we would repeat that advice again based on the latest information."

He added, “River levels are extremely high and we expect this to have a significant impact on Bedford Borough in the next 24 hours.

“The fact that this happens on Christmas Day makes the situation even worse, especially after the disorder so many of us have already had, and I really sympathize with people.

"But this is a really serious situation and we need people to take steps to protect themselves."

Covid-safe emergency centers have been set up by the council at Bedford International Athletic Stadium and Bromham Village Hall for people who have been evacuated from their homes and have nowhere else to go.

Due to the risk of flooding, residents who are to be evacuated by officials are "allowed to go to other people's homes despite the Tier Four Covid 19 regulations currently in force," the council said.

Aerial view of the sunrise flooding around Tewkesbury this Christmas Day after days of pouring rain that has caused the Rivers Severn and Avon to rise and burst their banks where they meet

Aerial view of the sunrise flooding around Tewkesbury this Christmas Day after days of pouring rain that has caused the Rivers Severn and Avon to rise and burst their banks where they meet

The Rivers Severn and Avon also burst on the banks at Tewkesbury, with dramatic aerial views showing houses and dangerously close to high tide on Christmas morning

The Rivers Severn and Avon also burst on the banks at Tewkesbury, with dramatic aerial views showing houses and dangerously close to high tide on Christmas morning

It added that people should only take what they need, such as medication, and that they should turn off gas, water, and electricity and bring valuables upstairs.

Families packed unopened gifts last night when flooding forced them to vacate their homes the night before Christmas – with Storm Bella slated to bring two inches of rain and 70 miles an hour storm on Boxing Day.

Hundreds were evacuated from their homes and vehicles after a period of heavy rain on Christmas Eve. Severe flood warnings for the River Nene in Northamptonshire indicated a threat to life.

The heavy rain is expected to continue today. Up to two inches of rain are expected to fall in high areas after largely clear and dry conditions, the Met Office said. Pictured: Tewkesbury today

The heavy rain is expected to continue today. Up to two inches of rain are expected to fall in high areas after largely clear and dry conditions, the Met Office said. Pictured: Tewkesbury today

The arrival of Storm Bella on Boxing Day will bring further downpours and winds of up to 100 km / h in exposed coastal locations

The arrival of Storm Bella on Boxing Day will bring further downpours and winds of up to 100 km / h in exposed coastal locations

Across England at 5 a.m. on Christmas Day, a total of 111 flood warnings and 137 flood warnings, plus the two major flood warnings, remained in effect as huge amounts of water flowed through river basins.

Northamptonshire police said emergency services had worked all night to evacuate more than 1,000 people from Billing Aquadrome Holiday Park in Northampton. The troop said the heavy rain had caused flooding in places with water up to 5 feet deep.

There have also been evacuations in Norfolk and Suffolk as families prepared for Christmas Day last night. A serious incident was reported by the emergency services. The water level on the Waveney River in Bungay is still monitored today when some Brits returned home to dry out their soaked carpets and furniture.

In Cambridgeshire, the Peterborough flood was knee deep after it hit the banks of the River Nene. On Christmas Day, the British waded through murky water to check their boats and property.

The Rivers Severn and Avon also burst on the banks at Tewkesbury, with dramatic aerial views showing houses and dangerously close to high tide on Christmas morning.

Alex Burkill, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said, "Christmas Eve night into Christmas Day will be very cold, with hard, widespread frost first thing on Christmas morning."

Alex Burkill, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said, "Christmas Eve night into Christmas Day will be very cold, with hard, widespread frost first thing on Christmas morning."

Pictured: A sunrise over Tewkesbury Abbey as the flood waters linger dangerously close to the property after heavy rainfall

Pictured: A sunrise over Tewkesbury Abbey as the flood waters linger dangerously close to the property after heavy rainfall

The heavy rain is expected to continue today. Up to two inches of rain are expected to fall in high areas after largely clear and dry conditions, the Met Office said. "The recent wet weather and saturated soil make this area more sensitive than usual to further heavy rainfall, particularly in parts of south Wales," added.

The arrival of Storm Bella on Boxing Day will bring further downpours and winds of up to 100 km / h in exposed coastal locations.

Alex Burkill, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said, “Christmas Eve night into Christmas Day will be very cold, with hard, widespread frost first on Christmas morning.

"So it could be a white Christmas because many people will wake up with a frost."

On Christmas Eve there were light snow flurries, also on the northeast coast.

He continued, “They will be very light and scattered, they won't be seen in any way everywhere, and for most areas it will be a fairly dry day, just cold, but there is a chance we could see a few Showers can see snow in the east of England, especially on Christmas Day. & # 39;

The focus for many will be on the rain that has already fallen after the wet conditions caused flooding, including in the Midlands. Pictured: Tewkesbury today

The focus for many will be on the rain that has already fallen after the wet conditions caused flooding, including in the Midlands. Pictured: Tewkesbury today

A graph also showed the weather across the UK this morning when ice warnings were issued in parts of the country

A graph also showed the weather across the UK this morning when ice warnings were issued in parts of the country

A graph also showed the weather across the UK this morning when ice warnings were issued in parts of the country

For many, however, the focus will be on the rain that has already fallen after the wet conditions caused flooding, including in the Midlands.

Northamptonshire Search and Rescue was involved in the evacuations at Billing Aquadrome Holiday Park that included a new mother and young baby. Emergency shelters were found in hotels and at least two leisure centers for residents, some of whom showed signs of hypothermia.

Police chief's superintendent Mick Stamper said it was an "exceptionally challenging situation" and urged residents to leave the premises if they could, adding that they would be exempt from travel restrictions for Covid-19.

The Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service announced a major event at the holiday park on Christmas Eve. Five crews and four specialized water teams searched 1,100 caravans.

The force previously responded to 250 incidents after heavy rain and deployed crews to pump out properties and stranded vehicles.

Aerial view of the flooding at Haw Bridge in Tirley, Gloucestershire on Christmas Day when the River Severn blew its banks and cut off the people who lived there

Aerial view of the flooding at Haw Bridge in Tirley, Gloucestershire on Christmas Day when the River Severn blew its banks and cut off the people who lived there

Pictured: Floods at Haw Bridge in Tirley, Gloucestershire on Christmas Day after the area suffered overnight flooding

Pictured: Floods at Haw Bridge in Tirley, Gloucestershire on Christmas Day after the area suffered overnight flooding

People wade through the flood waters to check boats and property in Orton while the area is flooded as the River Nene bursts its banks in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

People wade through the flood waters to check boats and property in Orton while the area is flooded as the River Nene bursts its banks in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

In Cambridgeshire, the Peterborough flood was knee deep after it hit the banks of the River Nene. On Christmas Day, the British waded through murky water to check their boats and property

In Cambridgeshire, the Peterborough flood was knee deep after it hit the banks of the River Nene. On Christmas Day, the British waded through murky water to check their boats and property

A man wades through the flood waters to inspect boats and property in Orton while the area is flooded as the River Nene bursts its banks in Peterborough

A man wades through the flood waters to inspect boats and property in Orton while the area is flooded as the River Nene bursts its banks in Peterborough

An amber national severe weather warning has been issued for parts of south Wales and all of southern England, with gusts that can reach speeds of up to 100 km / h in exposed coastal locations

An amber national severe weather warning has been issued for parts of south Wales and all of southern England, with gusts that can reach speeds of up to 100 km / h in exposed coastal locations

A yellow warning of wind for all of England and Wales and the far south of Scotland has also been issued and will be in effect on Boxing Day from 3pm

A yellow warning of wind for all of England and Wales and the far south of Scotland has also been issued and will be in effect on Boxing Day from 3pm

There are eight flood warnings in Norfolk. Dereham firefighters are called to Cranworth, near Watton, to report on a house that had been flooded by heavy rain early on Christmas Day.

Another crew from London was asked to flood in front of a house on Ditchingham Dam near Bungay at 7.45 a.m. Further reports of an accident involving several vehicles in the Thickthorn roundabout at the gates of Norwich.

A police spokesman said the force had received more than normal calls about floods in the past 24 hours since Christmas Eve. They added officers were helping the fire brigade.

The Met Office said conditions across the UK will become increasingly troubled by December 27, as strong winds and heavy rain come from the north.

An amber national severe weather warning has been issued for parts of south Wales and all of southern England, with gusts that can reach speeds of up to 100 km / h in exposed coastal locations.

A yellow wind warning for all of England and Wales and the extreme south of Scotland has also been issued and will be in effect on Boxing Day from 3pm.