Storm Barra ‘weather bomb’ ravages Brits as flood alerts issued after power cuts

The chaos unleashed by Storm Barra this week is set to get worse today as flooding is predicted to follow disastrous power cuts.

It comes after the nation was blasted yet again yesterday after strong 86mph winds, torrential rain, and heavy snow affected every corner of the British Isles, causing localised flooding and travel disruption.

Over in Ireland, 50,000 homes have been left without power, only a matter of days after Storm Arwen plunged scores of villages in Scotland and Northumberland into darkness.

And now 76 new flood warnings and alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency across the north and south of England for Wednesday, as it is feared a 'perfect' mix of conditions is turning the storm into a so-called 'weather bomb'.

The Environmental Agency has issued 11 flood warnings as well as 65 flood alerts, with the south and southwestern coast most affected. Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth, Exeter, Portsmouth and Bournemouth are being warned to take extra caution.

Those living in northeast and west towns on the coast are also hit with flood alerts.

The areas include the North Sea at Roker, Sunderland, the Irish Sea at New Brighton, and the Dorset Coast at Preston Beach.

A yellow wind weather warning is also in place on Wednesday for Anglesey in north Wales, as well the southeast of England.

The Met Office forecast for Wednesday reads: "A generally windy day, with early gales in the west and southwest, perhaps severe in coastal Wales. Showers affecting most areas, some heavy and with some more persistent bands of showery rain especially across Wales. A little brightness or sunshine."

Government advice to residents in flood warning zones is to 'take action now', which can include moving family and pets to a safe location in the household, and vehicles to higher ground if possible.

It comes after a body of a woman, aged 80, was found in a river after being swept off a bridge during the mayhem of Storm Barra.

86mph gales battered the UK yesterday, and Venetia Smith was tragically found after being reported missing from her home in Dorsett.

She was found dead after her stroller was spotted at a bridge crossing near the River Stour close to a supermarket.

Some bookmakers have now cut odds from 3/1 to just 2/1 on this being the wettest December on record.

Elsewhere, it remains a 1/3 shot that any part of the UK wakes up to a White Christmas.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Record-breaking rainfall looks increasingly likely for this month, although the odds suggest a White Christmas is still very much on the cards."

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