Merseyside warned of flooding & heavy rain as Ex-Hurricane Kate will arrive after Storm Abigail

Ex-Hurricane Kate on Wednesday
Ex-Hurricane Kate on Wednesday heads towards UK

While storm Abigail gets all the attention, Ex-Hurricane Kate, which will be a much weaker low pressure system by the time it arrives, will make its way towards the UK over the next few days.

Kate, which is at the moment a tropical storm, is forecast to track northeast across the Atlantic, passing to the northwest of the UK later this weekend.

Due to the strong jet stream at the moment, the UK will see rain associated with Kate way before it arrives on Sunday.

Rain is expected to become heavy persistent and so two yellow warnings for heavy rain have been issued from 2pm Saturday 14th – 10pm Sunday 15th November and another from 12pm Monday 16th – 11:59pm Tuesday 17th November.

READ MORE: Watch dramatic video of storm abigail battering the New Brighton coast

Amber & yellow weather warnings in place for heavy rain.
Amber & yellow weather warnings in place for heavy rain.

Flooding is a possibility either from standing water or from rivers which have remained high after the large rainfall totals seen in these areas over the last few days.

A forecaster at the Met Office has said: “Many parts of the warning area are likely to see 70-100 mm of rain, with some of the more exposed parts of north Wales and northwest England possibly seeing as much as 150-200 mm through the period.

“This amount of additional rainfall falling on to already saturated ground is likely to lead to flooding, either from standing water, or from rivers bursting their banks in some areas.

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“There is some uncertainty in the exact areas likely to be affected by the heaviest rain, perhaps more especially southwest Scotland.

This news comes as the far north of the UK is braced for Storm Abigail to hit through Thursday & into Friday.

The Met Office say that parts of Merseyside could experience gusts of around 50mph on Friday.

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