Storm Babet news LIVE: Met Office issues 'risk to life' warning

Storm Babet news LIVE: Met Office issues 'risk to life' warning

October 19, 2023

Storm Babet news LIVE: UK weather latest as Met Office issues ‘risk to life’ warning as over one month’s worth of rain and 70mph gale force winds are set to batter Britain today

Forecast update from ITV's Laura Tobin

Laura Tobin has just given an update on Storm Babet on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, explaining the amount of rainfall on the way and the flooding risk:

Caledonian Sleeper cancels Highland services

Caledonian Sleeper services tonight between Aberdeen, Fort William, Inverness and London Euston – in both directions – have been cancelled. Services between Glasgow, Edinburgh and Euston are expected to be running as scheduled.

Tomorrow night’s services between Aberdeen / Fort William / Inverness and London Euston (in both directions) are being ‘monitored’, with the operator warning: ‘There is currently a high probability that they will be cancelled.’ Services between Glasgow, Edinburgh and Euston are expected to be running as scheduled tomorrow night.

Full list of rail suspensions in Scotland today

Here is a full list of services suspended in Scotland today due to Storm Babet:

Major rail disruption in Scotland due to storm

Mass train cancellations have been imposed by ScotRail, expected to last from today until Saturday.

Trains are suspended in North and North East Scotland while the South and West will be hit by delays today.

Services have been suspended between Aberdeen and Elgin; Edinburgh and Aberdeen via Fife; and Perth and Aberdeen via Dundee.

Trains between Dunblane and Perth will be put on hold; as well as Perth and Aviemore; and Tain and Wick / Thurso; and all Fife Circle services will be suspended, impacting services between Glasgow Queen Street and Aberdeen / Inverness; and between Edinburgh Waverley and Aberdeen / Inverness.

Scotland braces for up to ONE FOOT of rain

Up to a foot of rain could be dumped on Scotland in just 24 hours with the potential to cause life-threatening floods and strong winds as Storm Babet inches up Britain.

A near-record amount of precipitation is predicted to fall on areas of Perthshire and Aberdeenshire today and tomorrow as the low pressure system crawls its way north.

Read the full story on MailOnline by clicking below:

What are the UK weather warnings this week?

Here are all of the Met Office weather warnings now in place for Storm Babet:

UK weather forecast for today

This Met Office map shows how heavy rain and strong winds are affecting Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern England this morning:

Met Office map reveals red warning area

Here is a map from the Met Office showing where the red warning is in place today:

Yellow weather warnings in place elsewhere

Away from North East Scotland where a red warning is in place, other large swathes of the rest of the country will also see strong winds and heavy rain today.

Yellow severe weather warnings have been issued until Saturday, covering already-saturated parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, and northern and eastern England.

Storm Babet, a complex area of low pressure which developed to the west of the Iberian peninsula, was named by the Met Office on Monday morning.

Here is a picture of huge waves hitting Teignmouth in Devon yesterday:

'Extremely dangerous weather' is coming

The Met Office has warned of ‘extremely dangerous weather’ on the way today.

Forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: ‘We’re going to see prolonged heavy rain, where we could see 200mm (8in) to 250mm (10in) of rain falling within a day which is well over a month’s worth of rainfall for eastern parts of Scotland.

‘We’re likely to see flooding, power disruption, travel disruption, there is a risk to life as well.

‘There’s also an amber wind warning out for eastern parts of Scotland, where we could see gusts of 60mph to 70mph, just adding to the extremely dangerous weather coming for parts of Scotland.’

Welcome to MailOnline's liveblog

Good morning and welcome to MailOnline’s liveblog as the UK braces for impact from Storm Babet.

A rare red weather warning is in place amid concerns over prolonged heavy rain with up to 10in (250mm) set to fall and the country facing 70mph gusts.

Follow MailOnline’s liveblog throughout today for all the latest updates.


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