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Storm Babet: Latest national update from the Met Office as amber and red warnings issued

Today, heavy and prolonged rainfall across parts of Scotland. Flooding is expected in places, especially in the east.

A day of sunny spells and heavy thundery showers across the rest of the UK. Windy for all, with severe gales across Scotland.

Tonight, heavy rain will continue across northern and eastern parts of Scotland. Further heavy showers elsewhere. Then heavy rain arriving across southeast overnight, spreading to most areas by dawn. Staying windy.

Tomorrow ( Friday ) staying very unsettled across much of the UK. Heavy rain affecting many parts, but especially the east. This combined with strong winds will lead to further disruption in places.

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The Red warning for rain covers parts of the east of Scotland, including Brechin, Forfar and Kirriemuir. It’s in force from 1800 on Thursday through to midday on Friday.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Jason Kelly said: “Eastern parts of Scotland will see exceptional amounts of rainfall over the next few days and the significant accumulations are likely to cause considerable impacts from Storm Babet.

“Numerous Amber and Yellow rainfall warnings are in place for rainfall over the coming days, up-to and including Saturday, but in the red-warning area 100-150mm of rain is expected to fall quite widely, with some locations possibly seeing 200-220mm, which is expected to cause considerable impacts with flooding likely.”

•  Amber warning for heavy rain in Nottinghamshire on Friday

Impacts highlighted as part of the red warning is a danger to life from flood water, extensive flooding to homes and businesses and severely disrupted travel conditions. This is the first Red warning for rain issued in the UK since Storm Dennis in February 2020.

Strong winds from an easterly direction have also resulted in Yellow and Amber wind warnings being issued for eastern parts of Scotland and along the east coast of England until the weekend when winds will eventually ease. Gusts in excess of 70mph are likely on Thursday and 60mph on Friday, with particularly poor conditions on immediate coastlines with large waves adding to the list of hazards.

These warnings will continue to be updated throughout the period, and further warnings are also possible, so it is important to stay up to date with the Met Office forecast and warnings in your area.

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