Storm Jorge Looms in South Wales

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Britain has woken up to its fourth weekend of downpours as Storm Jorge heralded its arrival with heavy rain and strong winds, prompting a critical incident to be declared in an already flood-hit part of the UK.

The latest named storm – the third to hit the UK this month  – is forecast to bring rain, gales and snow, with weather warnings in place from Cornwall to the north of Scotland and across to Northern Ireland.

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As rain and winds hit overnight, police in South Wales urged residents to stay indoors and avoid waterways as it warned that the extreme weather had triggered a “critical incident”.

Pontypridd, which was also flooded two weeks ago, and the Ely area of Cardiff, are particularly affected, the force said. More than 600 homes and a similar number of businesses have been hit in Wales, accounting for around a quarter of affected properties in the UK.

On Saturday morning, there were six yellow weather warnings in force for rain, wind and snow across the country and a total of 74 flood warnings, mostly in the South West and along the English-Welsh border, and in Yorkshire.

A further 204 “flooding is possible” alerts are also in force, with already flooded communities preparing for another deluge as the rain persists.

Train services were unable to run between Cardiff Central and Bridgend as a result of the flooding.

Superintendent Andy Kingdom, from South Wales Police, said: “Indications are that the rain is set to stop and river levels will soon recede.

“There is still significant surface water and debris on the roads throughout the force area so we would advise people only to travel if absolutely necessary.”