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Preston weather warning: Heavy rain alert issued for Wednesday

Posted on - 26th December, 2015 - 5:53pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Weather
The Ribble in flood down at the Bullnose on Boxing Day Pic: Roger Goodwin

The Ribble in flood down at the Bullnose on Boxing Day Pic: Roger Goodwin

Preston is set to be struck by more heavy rain following the Boxing Day flooding.

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The Met Office has issued a weather warning for Wednesday 30 December.

It says a further 20-40mm of rain is expected to fall during the day, adding to already saturated ground and swollen rivers.

The chief forecaster states: “A waving cold front may become slow-moving over western Britain during Tuesday night, associated with a strong, moist southwesterly airflow. Rainfall accumulations through this period are expected to be widely 20-40 mm, with 60-80 mm over some higher ground within this area, and the potential for some exposed locations to receive 100-120 mm.

“Gusts of 50-60 mph are expected to affect many parts, with a renewed potential for gusts of 70 mph or more in some exposed locations.”

Preston and Lancashire is currently on a red warning for the remainder of Boxing Day as emergency services battle to evacuate homes in the Ribble Valley and keep roads open.

The River Ribble has continued to rise, setting new records for its recorded height since the Environment Agency monitoring began in 2003.

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