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Woman’s body pulled from river as rare red weather warning in place – latest

Storm Babet: Amber alert issued as strong winds and heavy rain expected to hit UK

A woman’s body has been recovered from a river in Angus, after the 57-year-old was swept into the Water of Lee at Glen Esk earlier today.

Officers were called to reports that a person had entered the water at 1pm, with her body retrieved at around 4pm.

A rare red weather warning is in place across the area, with Police Scotland confirming there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.

While urging people to stay at home and avoid travel, Deputy First Minister Shona Robison said: “Storm Babet is still in its early stages and the worst impacts are yet to come.

An entire town has been evacuated over flooding fears as Storm Babet batters Scotland with landslides and a potentially record amount of rain.

Residents of Brechin in Angus have been ordered to leave, while around 10,000 homes in Scotland have lost power due to the storm.

In Ireland, the army was deployed after Cork County Council said more than a month’s worth of rain fell in 24 hours, leading to unprecedented flooding.

Have you been affected by Storm Babet? We want to hear from you. Write to maryam.zakir-hussain@independent.co.uk.


Latest pictures as Storm Babet batters the UK on Friday morning

A man walks through sea foam in Seaburn, Sunderland

(Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)

A person looks from a window at flood water in Brechin, Scotland

(Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

Emergency service workers walk through flood water in Brechin, Scotland

(Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

Athena Stavrou20 October 2023 09:55


Video captures huge waves crashing against sea wall

Dramatic footage has been shared to social media, showing huge waves crashing against a sea wall.

The clip is thought to have been taken on Friday morning in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.

Athena Stavrou20 October 2023 09:34


People ‘stuck for hours’ amid flooding chaos

Residents of 335 homes in Brechin, Scotland, were asked to leave for “their own safety” during Storm Babet, which is battering parts of the UK.

Flood defences in the town were breached overnight, and social media footage shows water pouring onto a street.

Brechin and Edzell councillor, Jill Scott, said: “It’s horrific. It’s just absolutely horrendous. I’ve never seen anything like it. People are trapped in closes, not even in River Street but round the back at Nursery Park. Some have been stuck there for hours.

“The boats are trying to get to them. They can’t get to them because the current is too strong. There will be hundreds of houses flooded.

“It unbelievable. It’s devastating. I don’t know what the council’s going to do to be honest – how many people they are going to have to rehome. People will have lost everything.”

Emergency services in River Street in Brechin knock on doors and ask residents to evacuate

(PA Wire)

Athena Stavrou20 October 2023 09:17


Ireland propose to offer up to 20,000 euro for those affected by flooding

Ireland’s Minister for Finance Michael McGrath has said a proposal is being worked on to increase the level of support that will be offered to those affected by flooding in Co Cork.

He said money will be available via the Emergency Humanitarian Aid Scheme administered by the Red Cross to people and businesses affected by flooding “from next week”.

This currently offers an initial 5,000 euro and further support up to 20,000 euro based on the scale of damage.

“The assessment of the full scale of the damage to homes and businesses will take some time, but the support will be there and that is the overarching message,” Mr McGrath told RTE Radio on Friday.

Mr McGrath said a proposal was being worked on by Minister for Enterprise Simon Coveney to offer “an increased level of support”, and would go to Cabinet next week.

Co Cork was hit by extreme flooding due to Storm Babet on Wednesday. Mr McGrath and Mr Coveney visited areas affected by the flooding in their home county of Cork on Thursday.

Flooded street in Midleton, Co Cork


Athena Stavrou20 October 2023 09:12


Train services suspended

ScotRail said train services remain suspended on several routes in north and north-east Scotland.

They are suspended between Aberdeen and Elgin; Edinburgh and Aberdeen via Fife; Perth and Aberdeen via Dundee; Dunblane and Perth; Perth and Aviemore; and Tain and Wick/Thurso.

All Fife Circle services are also suspended, impacting services between Glasgow Queen Street and Aberdeen/Inverness; and Edinburgh Waverley and Aberdeen/Inverness.

(Simon Calder)

Athena Stavrou20 October 2023 08:49


Angus county experiencing a “very serious emergency” due to flooding

The county of Angus is experiencing a “very serious emergency” with flooding due to Storm Babet in Brechin.

Flood defences in the town were breached overnight, and social media footage shows water pouring onto a street.

On Thursday, hundreds had been told to evacuate their homes.

Angus Council posted on social media saying: ““It has been a very challenging night, Brechin defences were breached around 04:00 this morning and the river levels are around 4.4m above normal levels.

“This is completely unprecedented and at these heights, gauges have become unreliable.

“We completely understand that it is very hard to leave your home but parts of Brechin, and increasingly other parts of Angus, are now only accessible via boat.

“Rescue crews are now dealing with around 100 calls from areas which were asked to evacuate yesterday evening.”

The council urged anyone at risk of flooding to evacuate as soon as possible and three rest centres have been set up nearby for those who need to leave.

Police close River Street in Brechin as members of the fire service ask residents to evacuate due to flood warnings (Andrew Milligan/PA)

(PA Wire)

Athena Stavrou20 October 2023 08:42


Major roads closed

Several sections of major Scottish roads are closed due to Storm Babet.

Two sections of the A90 have been closed between Myrekirk and Swallow Roundabouts, Dundee and Ellon and Bogbrae, Aberdeenshire due to flooding and a fallen tree.

The A7 in both directions has also been closed at Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway due to a fallen tree.

The A85 at Hunting tower near Perth has been closed due to flooding along with the A9 Jubilee Bridge near Dunkeld, Perthshire due to adverse “weather conditions”.

National Highways said the A15 Humber Bridge between North Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire is closed in both directions to “high-sided and vulnerable vehicles” due to strong winds.

Diversion routes have been created.

Athena Stavrou20 October 2023 08:22


Roads flooded as Storm Babet batters Scotland

Videos shared to social media show extreme flooding in Dundee, Scotland.

The footage shows an entire street flooded – with cars submerged up to their headlights in the water.

A rare red “danger to life” weather warning for rain was extended into Dundee on Thursday and is expected to be in place until noon today.

Athena Stavrou20 October 2023 07:57


164mm of rainfall in some places

Some areas have seen up to 164mm of rainfall from Storm Babet since midnight on Thursday.

The area hit by the most rain is Waterside Perth in central Scotland, followed by Invermark towards the east of Scotland, according to the Met Office.

Scotland usually sees average rainfall of 176mm across the entire month of October.

Athena Stavrou20 October 2023 07:32


Weather forecast for Thursday as Storm Babet continues to batter the UK

Heavy rains have continued this morning in large parts of Scotland and northern UK brought by Storm Babet.

The clouds are spreading across the eastern parts as well as several yellow weather warnings remain in the place covering large parts of the country.

Some brighter spells are, however, possible across southern counties of England and northwest Scotland, the forecaster says, but heavy showers will dominate most of the day, continuing through the evening and overnight.

Stuti Mishra20 October 2023 07:10

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