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  • 13 February 2014, 1:18

Storm To Bring More Misery To Flood Victims

Large parts of England and Wales will be hit by yet more rain and very strong winds on Friday, possibly bringing further suffering to people already battling to protect against widespread flooding.

The extreme weather hittingmany areas of the country on Wednesday, with gusts around 100mph in places, is predicted to clear eastwards early on Thursday.

But a new band of rain will push into the UK from the South West on Friday morning, moving across Wales and southern England.

The rain from a storm developing near the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean is predicted to stay around Saturday morning.

A yellow severe weather warning has been issued by the Met Office.

It said with the ground already very wet, the public should be aware of the potential for more flooding in places.

Sky News meteorologist Chris England said: "The concerns about Wednesday's storm were mainly about the strength of the winds, although there has been some significant rainfall, increasing concern about the flooding.

"Friday's storm doesn't look to be as if it's going to be quite as windy at the moment, although still with the potential for some damaging gusts affecting travel and power supplies.

"But it does look as if it will bring rather more in the way of rain, mainly because it will be raining for much longer. Flooding will continue to be a concern, possibly extending to other areas."

There is also a warning for potentially very strong winds across southern and southeast counties from Friday afternoon into Saturday morning.

Gusts of 60-70mph are possible inland with up to 80mph along exposed coasts.

People should be aware this could cause travel disruption with trees uprooted and possible damage to buildings and powerlines.

"The very strong winds will be accompanied by large waves along the south coast and the public should be aware of potentially dangerous conditions," the Met Office said.

Meanwhile, 16 severe flood warnings - meaning a danger to life - remain in place, 14 in Berkshire and Surrey and two in the Somerset Levels.

The Environment Agency warned residents in Windsor, Maidenhead and communities in Surrey to expect severe disruption as the Thames was likely to reach its highest levels for over 60 years

"With further rainfall forecast for today and on Friday and Saturday, the risk of flooding is likely to increase over the next few days," it said.

"Below Maidenhead levels will potentially rise over the weekend and early next week to the highest levels seen so far. The current extent of flooding is similar to that seen in 2003, and could reach 1947 levels in places in days to come."

Hundreds of homes along the River Thames have been flooded, with Wraysbury, Datchet, StainesandChertseyamong the towns and villages hit.

Surrey police have said around 1,000 properties have been affected by flood water and 600 people have been forced to evacuate their homes.

Levels will remain particularly high in Windsor and Maidenhead, and Surrey, until at least Friday, according to the Environment Agency.

This means there is a high risk of flooding for communities there while there is a medium risk along the Thames in Oxfordshire, Reading and West Berkshire.

:: Watch Sky News live on television, on Sky channel 501, Virgin Media channel 602, Freeview channel 82 and Freesat channel 202.

:: Sky News has a special programme dedicated to the floods crisis every night this week at 7pm.

:: You can also watch Storm Night Special this Thursday at 8pm on Sky 1 HD (Sky channel 106).

:: Email your photos and videos of the floods to news@sky.com.

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