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Yellow warning of windy weather on Easter Saturday

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of strong winds in the Anglia region on Easter Saturday.

The warning is valid from 11am on Saturday 26 March until 9pm

The area covered by the yellow weather warning on Easter Saturday. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office is warning that there is a possibility of localised travel disruption.

A swathe of strong winds, accompanied by a band of heavy rain will move east across England and Wales during Saturday afternoon and early evening.

This is expected to bring gusts of 40-50 mph to inland areas, perhaps 60 mph across exposed coasts and hills, as well as on the passage of the cold front, when heavy rain could also produce some very localised surface water flooding.

The Met Office says: "Please be aware of the possibility of localised low levels of disruption to Easter travel plans and other holiday activities."

"An active frontal zone is expected to move east across the country through Saturday, accompanied by strong, gusty winds and one or two spells of heavy rain.

"Whilst expected wind gusts will not be unusual for March, the fact that it is Easter may lead to a few extra problems.

"Winds should ease markedly as the front clears through, particularly in the south."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment

This is an update to the warning issued on Friday, delaying both start and end times.


Homes ruined as water levels rise

People use sandbags as makeshift flood defences. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Dozens of homes have been ruined after water levels rose following heavy rain across the region.

Areas of Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire were most heavily affected and with 18 flood warnings still in place tonight - the EnvironmentAgency is warning there could be more to come.

Sarah Cooper reports.

VIDEO: ITV Anglia cameras capture public (and their dogs) coping with floodwaters

ITV Anglia cameras have been out in the patch today taking video of the high water levels throughout the region.

Here are some shots they captured at Billing Aquadrome in Northamptonshire (which had to be evacuated due to high water levels) and Alconbury in Cambridgeshire.

One person rescued in Milton Keynes floods

Floodwaters are causing problems in north Buckinghamshire as Thames Valley Police say they had to rescue someone stuck in Newport Pagnell.


PICTURES: Evacuations take place as flooding continued overnight and into today

Heavy rains yesterday and overnight brought flooding to parts of the region.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue tweeted pictures of their rescue work in Alconbury from the last 24 hours.

Firefighters were called to help residents stuck in homes. Credit: Cambs Fire and Rescue.
Surface run off caused flash floods on streets mainly in Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Credit: Cambs Fire and Rescue.
The Environment Agency said the floods should subside quickly. Credit: Cambs Fire and Rescue.

Flash floods in north Northamptonshire

Flooding in north Northamptonshire village, Clipston.

The Environment Agency says 'surface water' is to blame for floods in Northamptonshire this afternoon, as train delays are reported and floodwater breaches homes.

They are reassuring the public that no rivers have burst their banks and that the flooding should subside fairly quickly, although more rain is predicted for the afternoon.

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