Met Offices new rare red danger to life warning as Storm Babet takes hold

UK weather: Storm Babet latest as warnings in force

The Met Office has issued a new red weather warning for the next 24 hours as killer Storm Babet unravels across the nation. 

The forecaster has placed an isolated area of eastern Scotland under the fresh warning today – with the extended red alert coming into force from midnight for 24 hours.

The areas covered consist of Angus and Aberdeenshire – two counties which are already on alert with mass evacuations happening yesterday. 

Flooding caused by Babet’s relentless, torrential downpours have now claimed the lives of two locals – with the Met Office bolstering this new warning as a ‘danger to life’ alert. 

The forecaster says: “Prolonged and very heavy rain is expected to develop across parts of Angus and Aberdeenshire area throughout Saturday, in areas already affected by severe flooding.

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“Accumulations of 70 to 100 mm are expected over a period of 18 to 24 hours, the highest accumulations over the hills. Less rainfall is expected around coastal areas, but impacts from the higher rainfall further west will extend towards the coast.”

Much of the same is to be expected, with power cuts, communities becoming cut off due to flooding, with the surge of rain making driving very difficult. 

Collapsing buildings or structures could pose a hazard to communities, and those who do become cut off could remain so for days.

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