UK flood MAP: Is YOUR area at risk? 12 warnings issued ahead of Storm Francis blasting UK

Flooding is expected to blast areas of the UK as the country is hit by its second storm in just week. The Met Office has issued a series of severe weather warnings for wind and rain as Storm Francis draws closer to Britain. But where exactly in the UK is expected to be hit by torrential rains and intense 70mph winds?

A strong Atlantic storm is pushing a windstorm into the UK and Ireland on Tuesday and into Wednesday.

As the system moves across the country, a broad wind field is predicted to smash some regions with downpours and strong wind gusts.

As a result of this weather system, many areas of Britain are likely to see intense flooding.

Peak wind gusts could reach up to 75mph (120kmh) meaning the winds could potentially pose a dangerous threat to some parts of the country.

Where is at risk of flooding this week?

The Met Office has implemented two weather warnings for rain where flooding is a potential effect of the intense storm.

Two rain weather warnings are in effect, each from midnight on Tuesday to 6am on Wednesday.

The warnings advise of heavy rain which could lead to some flooding and travel disruption.

Rainfall accumulations could hit 3.5 inches (90mm) in some areas across parts of Northern Ireland and southwest Scotland and up to 3.1 inches (80mm) across areas in North East England, North West England and Wales.

The regions impacted by the wind warnings include:

North East England

  • Darlington
  • Durham
  • Gateshead
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • North Tyneside
  • Northumberland

North West England

  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Blackpool
  • Cheshire East
  • Cheshire West and Chester
  • Cumbria
  • Greater Manchester
  • Halton
  • Lancashire
  • Merseyside
  • Warrington


  • Ceredigion
  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Flintshire
  • Gwynedd
  • Isle of Anglesey
  • Powys
  • Wrexham

Yorkshire & Humber

  • North Yorkshire
  • West Yorkshire

Central, Tayside & Fife

  • Angus
  • Clackmannanshire
  • Dundee
  • Falkirk
  • Fife
  • Perth and Kinross
  • Stirling


  • Aberdeen
  • Aberdeenshire

Northern Ireland

  • County Antrim
  • County Armagh
  • County Down
  • County Fermanagh
  • County Londonderry
  • County Tyrone

SW Scotland, Lothian Borders

  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • East Lothian
  • Edinburgh
  • Midlothian Council
  • Scottish Borders
  • West Lothian


  • Argyll and Bute
  • East Ayrshire
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Glasgow
  • Inverclyde
  • North Ayrshire
  • North Lanarkshire
  • Renfrewshire
  • South Ayrshire
  • South Lanarkshire
  • West Dunbartonshire.

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Predominantly, Storm Francis is expected to see flooding in areas of the UK where the ground is already saturated from recent severe weather.

The cyclone’s path moving across Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK is due to unleash heavy rainfall amounts.

Several parts of northwest England and North Wales are likely to see flooding on Tuesday and early Wednesday according to the Environment Agency.

Land, roads and some properties will flood and there will be travel disruption.

Local river flooding is also possible over Wales and parts of the west and north of England on Tuesday and Wednesday which is due to heavy and persistent rain from Storm Francis.

Surface water flooding is also possible across parts of southern England.

On Wednesday, local minor coastal flooding is possible but is not expected along with parts of the north-east coast of England due to strong winds associated with storm Francis.

Minor surface water flooding is also possible but not expected on Thursday and Friday in parts of England and Wales and some land, roads and some properties may flood and there may be travel disruption.

In England there are 11 flood alerts currently in effect:

  • North Sea coast at Bridlington

  • River Churnet and River Tean
  • River Plym and Tory Brook
  • Rivers Tavy and Walkham
  • River Wandle area in the London Boroughs of Wandsworth, Merton, Lambeth, Croydon and Sutton
  • River Yealm
  • Severn Vyrnwy confluence
  • Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwent Water
  • Upper River Tamar
  • Upper Teme
  • West Dorset Rivers and Streams

In Scotland there are currently 10 flood alerts in effect across the following regions:

  • Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City
  • Argyll and Bute
  • Ayrshire and Arran
  • Central
  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • Dundee and Angus
  • Edinburgh and Lothians
  • Fife
  • Scottish Borders
  • West Central Scotland.

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