Storm Jorge LIVE: UK battered by 70mph winds and floods - latest Met Office warnings, maps

will bring heavy rain and strong winds this weekend, and is expected to track northwest of the UK. In addition, the Met Office are forecasting "potentially heavy snowfall" for parts of Scotland."

Key Points: 

  • Storm Jorge is forecast to bring winds up to 70mph this weekend.
  • Police have declared a 'critical incident' due to flooding in South Wales.
  •  weather warnings issued across swathes of the country.
  • The latest storm to hit the UK, named by Spanish meteorological agency AEMET on Thursday, follows Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis.

All times below are in GMT.

Storm Jorge LIVE: UK weather map and warnings

Storm Jorge LIVE: UK battered by 70mph winds and floods - latest Met Office warnings (Image: WXCHARTS - MET OFFICE)

Storm Jorge LIVE: Met Office weather warnings

Storm Jorge LIVE: Met Office weather warnings for Saturday (Image: MET OFFICE)

1.30pm update: Flood warnings still in place

More than 300 flood warnings and alerts are currently active across England.

Flood warnings, which mean flooding is expected and immediate action is required, are in place for 85 areas as of Saturday afternoon.

To prepare for a flood warning, the GOV.UK website recommends you:

  • turn off gas, water and electricity
  • move things upstairs or to safety
  • move family, pets and car to safety

1pm update: Environment Agency advice as floods strike

The Environment Agency is advising people check their flood risk.

The EA tweeted this afternoon: "More heavy rain and #flooding is expected this weekend.

"Remember to avoid coastal paths and stay safe from strong winds and high waves."

12:30pm update: Temperatures to feel freezing according to Met Office

With blustery winds forecast, the Met Office warn it will feel very cold in the UK today.

The Met Office tweeted: "Forget what it says on your thermometer today... include the strength of the wind and it's going to feel more like #freezing #StormJorge"

12.05pm update: Red warning for 90mph winds issued in Ireland

Irish meteorological service Met Eireann has issued a red wind warning for Galway and Clare.

In some areas maximum wind gusts could reach 90mph (145km/h).

A red marine gale warning has also been issued.

11.40am update: National Rail warnings for train routes

National Rail are advising people to check their route before they travel this weekend.

A number of train routes in Wales are disrupted due to flooding.

There is also disruption between Carlisle and Workington expected until 12pm.

London Overground services are also facing disruption today.

11.20am update: Snow forecast for UK this weekend

In addition to wind and rain, the Met Office are also forecasting snowfall for some regions. 

Parts of Scotland are currently under a yellow snow warning, with the Met Office forecasting accumulations up to 30cm in some areas.

Storm Jorge LIVE: UK snow map

Storm Jorge LIVE: Snow depth maps show Scotland will see the most of the snow (Image: WXCHARTS)

Storm Jorge LIVE: Met Office weather warnings

Storm Jorge LIVE: Met Office weather warnings for Sunday (Image: MET OFFICE)

10.55am update: Met Office wind warnings altered

The Met Office has changed its wind warning for the UK. 

A yellow wind warning affecting much of Wales, southern England and parts of northern England is now in place between 12pm today until 9am on Sunday.

From 12pm today now extended until 3pm tomorrow, a wind warning covers Northern Ireland, northern Wales, southern Scotland and parts of northern England. 

The Met Office explained the update: "Change to area to increase north Wales, Northern Ireland, northern England and SW Scotland to a separate high likelihood warning, and remove parts of the Midlands.

"Also a change to the end time of the warning."

10.35am update: Environment Agency warn of more 'frequent period of extreme weather'

Earlier this week the Environment Agency (EA) warned people to prepare for more extreme weather due to climate change.

Caroline Douglass, the director of incident management at the EA, said: “We have seen our third weekend of exceptional river levels and stormy weather.

"With the effects of climate change, we need to prepare for more frequent periods of extreme weather like this.

"People need to be aware of their flood risk, sign up to flood warnings, make a flood plan and not to drive or walk through flood water.”

10.15am update: More than 100mm rainfall recorded in some regions

The Met Office tweeted this morning: "Heavy #rain for many once again in recent days 

"@EnvAgency rainfall gauges recording over 100mm in places over the past 48 hours - Stay #Weatheraware"

48hr rainfall (in mm):

  • Treherbert - 127.2
  • Seathwaite - 98.2
  • Crai Reservoir - 95.0
  • Honister Pass - 91.0

Storm Jorge LIVE: UK weather map

Storm Jorge LIVE: UK weather maps for Saturday afternoon show strong winds (Image: WINDY)

Storm Jorge LIVE: Met Office weather warnings

Storm Jorge LIVE: Met Office weather warnings for Monday (Image: MET OFFICE)

9.40am update: Why is Storm Jorge not called Storm Ellen?

Along with Irish meteorological agency Met Eireann, the Met Office decides the year's storm names.

Following Storm Dennis' arrival earlier this month, the next named storm for 2019/20 is Ellen.

However, Storm Jorge was named by the Spanish meteorological agency AEMET on Thursday. 

The Met Office explained: "It is convention for all other national meteorological services to then use that name when referring to the area of low pressure.

"As such, the system has not been named Ellen but will align with our European partners and be referred to as ‘Jorge’: pronounced ‘Hor-hay’.

"The fact that the system may have a different name than some expected should not influence their response."

9.20am update: Met Office forecast for today

Today: Heavy rain clearing eastern parts, then a mixture of sunshine and wintry showers. A spell of more persistent rain, with snow on hills, affecting Northern Ireland, northern England and parts of Scotland, accompanied by gales or severe gales. Feeling cold.

Tonight: Further rain, hill snow and severe gales affecting some central and northern parts. Clear spells and wintry showers in the south.

9.15am update: UK flood warnings latest

A total of 80 flood warnings are in place up and down the country where flooding is expected.

Those affected are advised to take immediate action to protect their homes.

Some 213 flood alerts are also in place.

Storm Jorge LIVE: UK snow map

Storm Jorge LIVE: Snow is forecast to sweep over the UK next week (Image: WXCHARTS)

Storm Jorge LIVE: Flood warnings map

Storm Jorge LIVE: Flood warnings map as of 10am on Saturday (Image: GOV.UK)

9am update: 'Critical incident' declared in South Wales

Following the arrival of Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis this month, some communities in the UK have faced devastating flooding.

Police have now declared a 'critical incident' in South Wales as more flooding hit the region.

The Met Office warned parts of Wales and Northern England could witness up to 80mm of rain on Friday night.

8.30am update: Where are the Met Office weather warnings today?

As of Saturday morning, a plethora of Met Office weather warnings are in place across the UK.

Between 12pm on Saturday until 12pm on Sunday, a widespread yellow warning for wind is in place across the UK. 

The warning covers parts of southern England, Wales, northern England, southern Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Between 5am and 9.30am today Northern Ireland is under a yellow ice warning.

A yellow rain warning affecting parts of northern England is in place until 9am this morning.

A stretch of southern Scotland and large proportion of northern, eastern and central Scotland is under a yellow snow warning from 3pm today until 12pm on Monday.

8am update: BBC Weather forecast

BBC Weather tweeted this morning: "Spell of heavy rain is continuing to cross the country this morning - although the rain band has cleared Northern Ireland.

"Winds are strong and gusty with this rain...gusts around 50mph in places."

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