The UK’s national weather forecaster has warned Britons to be prepared for extreme weather tomorrow as Storm Jonas is fast approaching. Jonas has caused chaos in the eastern US and is expected to dump several inches of rain on the western half of the UK.
Met Office spokesperson Ellie Creed said Jonas will bring gale force winds too but not the snow that has paralysed the US. She said that as the storm makes landfall in the UK it will hit Wales, northwest England and western Scotland. She continued by saying the rainfall could be as much as 150-millimetres in hilly areas.
The Met Office also says the extreme weather alerts may be extended to cover southern England. Some meteorologists say more heavy rainfall could lead to a repeat of December’s flooding in the north of England.
Widespread flooding in areas of Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire triggered by Storm Desmond left homes and commercial premises under water. Ms Creed explained that land still saturated with Desmond’s floods was at risk of further flooding, but the Met did not expect it to be on the same scale as last month.
Storm Jonas dumped record amounts of snow in Philadelphia, Washington, New York and New Jersey at the weekend. In New York’s Central Park, meteorologists recorded 68 centimetres of snowfall while in Washington it was 56 centimetres.
US Authorities reported that 19 people had died as a result of the snow. The 80 million plus residents of the US states were advised to stay at home until the snow stopped.