Weather warnings across UK as 70 rescued from floods

23 November 2017, 02:32

Dozens of people have been rescued from "major flooding" amid warnings for heavy rain, strong winds and snow.

Forecasters have also warned "some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely".

Families had to be evacuated in Lancashire after more than 4cm of rain fell in 24 hours.

The county's emergency services took 400 calls, attended 100 incidents and rescued 70 people, 20 horses, a cat and a dog overnight.

Several homes were evacuated with 27 people spending the night in two local pubs.

Further north in Cumbria, around half a month's rain - almost 9cm - was recorded in 36 hours.

Flooding forced motorists to abandon their vehicles as roads and schools were closed.

Two lanes of the southbound carriageway on the M6 were closed between junctions 35 and 36 because of the bad weather there.

The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for snow in the Scottish Highlands, Western Isles, Grampian, Strathclyde and Central, Tayside and Fife regions.

Between 2cm and 5cm is forecast for many parts, with up to 20cm on the highest ground.

Lisa Woods posted pictures of snow near Nairn to Twitter.

On Wednesday, Ireland was badly hit as flash floods caused significant damage in Mountmellick - and Laois County Council was forced to trigger an emergency plan and evacuate residents from their homes.

Parts of Wales have also seen torrential downpours - with "major flooding" affecting Llangefni. In Beaumaris, a street in the town centre was inundated with water after heavy rain caused a castle's moat to burst.

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Some of the more serious incidents have included helping move vulnerable people out of their homes, moving animals that have been trapped and pumping water out of houses where the floodwater was affecting the electricity."

RAC spokesman Pete Williams warned drivers that high winds would make conditions "challenging".He added: "The advice is for drivers to slow down and ensure they double the normal recommended two-second distance between their car and the vehicle in front.

"Hold the steering wheel firmly and be prepared to be buffeted by gusts of wind."

He recommended drivers pack a winter survival kit, including a shovel for snow, a blanket, warm clothing, a torch, flask with warm drink and to make sure mobile phones were fully charged.