Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Heavy rain prompts flood warnings

Traffic drives through a flooded section of the A1058 Coast Road to Tynemouth after heavy rain caused flooding in the north east of England

Flood warnings are in place across Scotland and in north east England as forecasters predicted more rain would fall.

Areas of eastern Scotland could see nearly a month's worth of rain in one day, following downpours that swept across across north east England and Northern Ireland on Saturday.

Newcastle United were forced to abandon their friendly against Italian side Fiorentina due to torrential rain.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has flood warnings in place for Dundee and Angus, and Tayside. There are lesser flood alerts for Aberdeenshire, central and west central Scotland, Edinburgh and Lothians, Fife, and Scottish Borders.

A flood warning remained in place for north east England for the Rivers Pont and Blyth, with the Environment Agency saying that river levels could rise.

A spokeswoman for MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "It's still looking pretty bad in Scotland at the moment. Today we are expecting about 60mm of rain, which is likely to be in eastern areas of Scotland."

Average rainfall for the whole month of August in that part of Scotland is 80mm, she added.

The spokeswoman said that 35m of rain fell in Durham on Saturday, 37mm fell in Albemarle, north-east England, and 20mm in Strathallan, Scotland.

Emergency services in Durham dealt with several weather-related incidents, and Northumberland was also affected.

A spokesman for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said they had received between 60 and 100 calls relating to the weather. Homeowners and motorists in the region were warned to be prepared as a band of rain moved northwards from the East Anglia region up to the north east and across Scotland.

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