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More rain, strong winds and more flooding predicted for Somerset (January 5)
THE Met Office has warned more rain and strong winds today (January 5) could lead to more flooding in the South West.
After a cold but mostly dry start today, with some icy patches and fog in places, rain and strong winds will soon spread, bringing a continued flood risk.
Gales are expected around coastal areas, but rain should turn showery later. The maximum temperature for Sunday is 12 °C.
Tonight's forecast shows showers, some heavy in places, giving the risk of hail and thunder.
There will be some drier spells, particularly later in the night. But winds will remain high in coastal areas.
On Monday the Met Office is predicting sunshine and blustery showers, with some showers heavy with the risk of hail and thunder. It will stay windy, particularly in any showers, with coastal gales.
Meanwhile, the Environment Agency has 61 amber flood alerts and 39 red flood warnings in place for the South West today (January 5).
A red flood warning is in place for Salt Moor and Northmoor including East Lyng, Burrowbridge, West Yeo, Moorland and Fordgate.
The EA said at 10pm last night: "Rainfall totals of between 10 and 25 mm have fallen across the area in the last 24 hours.
" The River Tone level at Currymoor pumping station is 7.74 m and is stable. Cuts Road, New Road and the A361 are impassable. The River Tone is too high to pump at Curry Moor pumping station.
"The drain level at Northmoor pumping station is 4.23 m and is rising. There is a risk of flooding to property and roads in Northmoor when this level exceeds 4.20 m. We continue to pump at Northmoor and Saltmoor pumping stations as much as tides will allow.
"The drain level at Currymoor pumping station is 7.84 m and is also stable. Property flooding is possible when this level exceeds 6.60 m. Water will spill over Athelney spillway, across the A361 and into Saltmoor and Northmoor when this level exceeds 7.10 m.
"The forecast for tomorrow, 05/01/2014, is for prolonged rainfall from late morning onwards, with expected rainfall totals of between 10 and 20 mm although there may be higher totals in isolated areas."
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