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U.K. Met Office Says Areas Had Month of Rain in Two Days

September 25, 2012

Heavy rains swamped parts of the U.K. with more than a month’s worth of rain in the past two days, and northern England is still at risk of further flooding.

Ravensworth, North Yorkshire, had 107.8 millimeters (4.2 inches) of precipitation from Sept. 23 at 1 a.m. until 8 a.m. today, more than twice the amount the area normally receives in all of September, the national weather forecaster said today in a report on its website. The U.K. Environment Agency has issued 60 flood warnings and 151 alerts after river levels rose following heavy rain, it said in a separate statement.

“Our teams have been out around-the-clock over the last few days to minimize the risks and prepare for flooding,” David Jordan, director of operations at the Environment Agency, said in the statement. “We urge people to keep up-to-date with the weather forecast and remain prepared for flooding.”

Parts of Northumberland, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria and County Durham in northern England were still at risk of floods, the Environment Agency said. More than 200 properties across the country have flooded since yesterday.

“Large totals” of rain have been measured from Northern Ireland to southwestern England, the Met Office said. More than 98 millimeters fell in Killylane in Northern Ireland since Sept. 23, and about 76 millimeters were reported in Clwyd, a county in Wales, it said.

To contact the reporter for this story: Whitney McFerron in London at wmcferron1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net


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