Kent weather: Warning of 70mph gales, heavy rain and flood alerts

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Monday, December 23, 2013
9:05 AM

County set to be battered over next 24 hours

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Kent is bracing itself to be battered by storms over the next 24 hours, with warnings that gale force winds could uproot trees, while a number of flood warnings have been activated.

It will make for an anxious run-up to Christmas Day, on Wednesday, and is likely to cause chaos on the roads, rails and cross-Channel routes as people attempt to travel ahead of the holidays.

The Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning with heavy rainfall expected during Monday, and winds reaching “gale to gale force”.

It adds there is potential “for very strong gusts” across coastal areas.

A spokesman added: “The public should be prepared for the likelihood of some significant disruption due to the combined hazards of heavy rainfall and high winds.

“The rainfall should clear south east England on Tuesday morning, with the winds moderating from the west.”

Southeastern has already introduced speed restrictions on services - cut down to 50 mph - and warned there will be services cancelled at short notice.

The Port of Dover is monitoring the situation but there are concerns services could be disrupted.

Kent County Council is urging residents to be ready and to take care.

A spokesman said: “As much as 40mm of rain could fall between Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon, with flooding possible in some areas – while gusts of 70mph are expected, particularly in coastal areas.

“Kent County Council is working with partners from the Environment Agency, Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, district/borough councils, Medway Council, the NHS and others to be prepared.”

Flood warnings currently cover the River Beult area around Pluckley and Bethersden, the Upper River Stour area around Ashford, Lower River Medway around Allington Lock, the River Bourne around Hadlow and East Peckham, the Upper River Medway from Forest Row to Penshurst, the Rivers Eden and Eden Brook near Hever, and the Darent Catchment from Westerham to Dartford,

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