A severely flooded road on London’s A4 after torrential rains overnight
The impact of the climate emergency is “on our doorstep,” warned Sadiq Khan after London experienced more flash flooding.
Torrential rains caused road disruptions and metro closures on Tuesday.
Over an inch of rain fell in parts of the city overnight in an hour, with St James’s Park among the worst affected areas. He saw a total of 26mm in just sixty minutes, according to the Met Office.
“Once again, we are seeing the impact of the climate emergency on our doorstep. In London, we are leading together to tackle this crisis, and I will continue to urge other politicians here and around the world to take the action that is desperately needed, ”said the Mayor of London.
Following the downpour, Transport for London (TfL) confirmed that there were “serious” delays on some tube lines.
Above ground, floodwaters hit tourist hot spots such as Knightsbridge, with firefighters on hand to unclog a drain there.
Elsewhere, there is no service between Willesden Junction and Clapham Junction due to flooding at Imperial Wharf.
Meanwhile, an entire A4 lane near the Hammersmith Flyover in west London was submerged.
Floods in London: “Exactly what we expect” in climate crisis, hydrologist says
The floods seen in London are “exactly what we expect” as global temperatures rise, a leading hydrologist has said.
Hannah Cloke, a hydrologist at the University of Reading, said London Mayor Sadiq Khan was correct in suggesting that “everyone (…) is potentially in the crosshairs of climate extremes”.
“This type of flooding is exactly what we would expect to see more of as the climate warms. More rainfall due to slower weather systems is probably one of the causes of more surface water flooding due to climate change, ”she added.
The hydrologist also said government, local authorities, businesses and individuals must make infrastructure and homes “more resilient” to future flooding.
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Tyne and Wear wetland center closes due to flooding
The Washington Wetland Center, a nature reserve in Tyne and Wear, has been temporarily closed due to on-site flooding.
Wildlife site staff thanked the public for their concern, adding that all of their otters and birds are safe.
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Video: Knightsbridge Floods
Learn more about this morning’s flooding in Knightsbridge, central London.
The Evening standard Michael Howie took this clip on his commute to work:
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Flooding in northern England could last until Wednesday
Flooding in northern England could last until Wednesday, the Environment Agency said.
Katherine Smith, head of flooding at the public body, said: “Working with our partners in local resilience forums, Environment Agency teams have been on the ground to clean up the gates. and waste screens and stand ready to use flood defenses if necessary.
“They are also ready to support local authorities in their response to surface water flooding. “
Scottish and Welsh agencies have also issued flood warnings for Edinburgh and the Lothians, the Scottish Borders and parts of the North Wales coast.
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Flood alerts in place in UK
Two flood warnings are in place along with dozens of flood alerts, the Environment Agency said.
Flooding is expected in an area of Keswick in the Lake District as well as sections of the Anker River near Birmingham.
Meanwhile, more flooding is possible in areas such as London, the South West and the Midlands.
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The Met Office issues rain warning for West Scotland on Thursday
Up to 150mm of rain could fall in a single day in parts of western Scotland later this week, the Met Office said.
This is considerably more rain than the levels seen in London overnight.
As a result, the agency issued a yellow weather warning from Glasgow to Fort William on Thursday between midnight and 3 p.m.
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LFB pumps water from flooded premises
London firefighters are helping pump floodwater from locals in Westminster, the local council has confirmed.
Earlier Tuesday, Westminster Council said city inspectors were assessing damage to property in parts of Knightsbridge, Bourne Terrace (W2), Oak Tree and Abbey Road (NW8).
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Last weather update
Here is the latest weather forecast from the Met Office:
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Fire at Westminster tube station
Momentarily turning away from the news of the flooding, a fire broke out at Westminster tube station.
“Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters are at the scene of a fire at Westminster Station on Bridge Street in Westminster,” the London Fire Brigade (LFB) said.
Lamiat Sabin has this landmark story:
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