Flood warnings for Somerset as more rain predicted on Saturday

Flood warnings for Somerset as more rain predicted on Saturday

Flood warnings for Somerset as more rain predicted on Saturday

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PARTS of Somerset are on flood alert this afternoon after heavy rain and high winds battered the county overnight and on Friday (December 14).

With more rain expected on Saturday, the Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for properties on the Somerset coast near Porlock Weir.

Engineers from West Somerset Council have visited a section of the coastline behind the Blue Anchor Hotel today where the weather has brought about some coastal erosion. A sliproad has been cordoned off at the site.

Warnings have also been issued in North Somerset and some localised flooding of roads has been reported in Taunton Deane and South Somerset.

At this stage there is no suggestion that the rainfall will bring anything like the disruption which brought much of Somerset to a standstill last month.

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4:57pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Samej1 says...

I fear this article misleads - the flood warning at Porlock Weir is for tidal flooding, and not due to today's rainfall.

This is made clear on the environment agency website referenced in the article:

"Low pressure will cause sea levels to be higher than forecast in tide tables. The time and date of the first forecast high water is 19:15 on 14/12/2012. The forecast tide level is 6.97 m AOD. The forecast wind strength and direction is Force 6 west south west The time and date of the second forecast high water is 07:45 on 15/12/12. The forecast tide level is 7.03 m AOD. The forecast wind strength and direction is Force 4 south south west. Please note all tide times are in local time and are using the 24 hour clock and refer to the high water time at Hinkley Point."
I fear this article misleads - the flood warning at Porlock Weir is for tidal flooding, and not due to today's rainfall. This is made clear on the environment agency website referenced in the article: "Low pressure will cause sea levels to be higher than forecast in tide tables. The time and date of the first forecast high water is 19:15 on 14/12/2012. The forecast tide level is 6.97 m AOD. The forecast wind strength and direction is Force 6 west south west The time and date of the second forecast high water is 07:45 on 15/12/12. The forecast tide level is 7.03 m AOD. The forecast wind strength and direction is Force 4 south south west. Please note all tide times are in local time and are using the 24 hour clock and refer to the high water time at Hinkley Point." Samej1
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