Storm Jorge: Police declare 'critical incident' in South Wales

Storm Jorge: Police declare 'critical incident' in South Wales

Storm Jorge has swept into the United Kingdom bringing four inches of rain, fierce winds and snow as drivers are urged to avoid unnecessary travel.

The latest storm is adding to the woes of communities already dealing with severe flooding around the River Shannon.

On Sunday, the Environment Agency reported that water levels in the area were rising again and were expected to peak between 5.4 and 5.7 metres on Monday afternoon.

Cardiff Council said emergency teams worked on flood defences, road closures and clearing debris throughout Thursday night, and its roads team responded to around 100 incidents.

This comes as Clare County Council and Civil Defence crews assisted residents at Springfield, Clonlara this morning in advance of storm Jorge.

We've already seen Storm Ciara and Dennis over weekends this month and the weather will make sure this wet and stormy month finishes on wet and windy theme, with Storm Jorge (pronounced Haw-hey) arriving to the northwest today, centred close to Northern Ireland at noon today, before tracking northeast to over northeast Scotland tomorrow.

Elsewhere, Status Yellow rain warnings have been issued for Munster, Connacht and Donegal, and Status Yellow snow and ice warning has been issued for the entire country.

The wind warnings last until 9am on Sunday across much of England and Wales and until 3pm the same day across Northern Ireland, southern Scotland, and northern England.

RTÉ said a number of troops and vehicles were in the Golden Island area to assist with flood defence preparations on Saturday.

Ironbridge and Bewdley along the River Severn in the Midlands are among the worst-hit areas in England.

A total of 83 flood warnings were in place across England and Wales, mostly in the South West and along the English-Welsh border, and in Yorkshire, while a further 211 "flooding is possible" alerts are also in force. The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs said more than 3,300 properties in England were thought to have flooded as a result of Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis, which hit the country earlier in the month.

On Tuesday, Welsh Government minister Lesley Griffiths said local authorities in Wales had confirmed more than 1,000 homes had flooded, with reports of more than 300 businesses also affected over the previous two weeks.

The Met Office has revealed that February was the wettest month since records began.

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