Heavy rain and strong winds are pushing in from the west and from around 9am this morning parts of South/Mid Wales and Herefordshire will start to see heavy rain set in for much of the day.
The Met Office has an amber warning out for parts of South Wales, with the Brecon Beacons likely to see the worst of the conditions, with localised falls of 100mm possible over the mountains.
A yellow warning is in force across Mid Wales, with 60-80mm possible over the uplands, which could cause flooding issues on the River Wye, River Teme and River Lugg as we head towards the weekend.
Levels on the River Wye in Hereford have dropped considerably to 2.58m at 7am this morning but levels will rise quickly overnight Friday and into Saturday morning. The Environment Agency will take a decision on whether to deploy the Hereford flood barriers later today.
The Five Day Flood Forecast from the Flood Information Service states:
Flooding from surface water and rivers is probable in the south of Wales and possible more widely across Wales, central west England and south-west England on Friday and Saturday. The surface water flood risk reduces into Saturday. Significant river flooding impacts are also possible but not expected on slower responding rivers in central west England on Sunday and Monday following Friday’s rain. Local flooding from surface water and rivers is also possible but not expected on Monday in parts of south Wales and the south of England. Properties could flood and there could be travel disruption.
Homeowners and business owners in Herefordshire will be concerned at the news of flooding as we head into the festive season but levels on the Wye and Lugg are unlikely to reach the record levels that were seen last autumn/winter.
Current Flood Alerts: (Flooding is possible, be prepared)
River Arrow in Herefordshire
River Lugg North of Leominster
River Lugg South of Leominster
River Wye in Herefordshire
For more information on flood warnings, please visit – Flood warnings for England – GOV.UK (flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk)