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Weather warning for New Forest and Christchurch as Storm Christoph hits UK

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The yellow alert is in place from early tomorrow (Wednesday) morning until Thursday afternoon
The yellow alert is in place from early tomorrow (Wednesday) morning until Thursday afternoon

STORM Christoph will touch down with heavy rain and a flood warning for the New Forest and Christchurch tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.

The yellow alert was issued by the Met Office with Christoph bringing “multiple hazards” to the UK until Thursday afternoon.

The area is set to escape the worst of the storm as parts of northern England and the Midlands come under amber alerts, but residents in the New Forest and Christchurch are warned flooding is still likely in the region, with heavy rain also affecting bus and train services.

Chief Meteorologist Dan Suri said some locations could see more than 100mm of rain over two days, with up to 200mm possible over higher ground.

“These amounts of rainfall present a real threat of flooding and people should keep a close eye on flood warnings from the Environment Agency.”

He added: “As the system moves away into the North Sea on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, there will be strong winds along the east coast for a time. Meanwhile, colder air coming southwards into the weather system brings the risk of further snow on the back edge of this system.

“Temperatures will gradually fall across the UK through the end of the week and into the weekend bringing a return to widespread overnight frosts.”

Katharine Smith of the Environment Agency, said EA teams were out clearing grills, screens and closing flood barriers.

“We urge people to keep away from swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water – it is often deeper than it looks and just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float your car.

“People should check their flood risk, sign up for free flood warnings and keep up to date with the latest situation at via Gov.uk or follow @EnvAgency on Twitter for the latest flood updates.”

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