Flood-hit communities in the Midlands will face further heavy rain and strong winds as Storm Jorge makes its way across the UK over the weekend.

Strong winds are then forecast for much of England, Wales and Northern Ireland on Saturday, reaching 70mph in coastal areas and up to 60mph inland.

The Met Office says further flooding is also possible with rain forecast to fall on already saturated ground.

Flooding along parts of the River Severn, which has reached close to its highest levels in some areas, is likely until at least Sunday, the Environment Agency said.

A severe flood warning remains in Ironbridge. Credit: PA

A severe "danger to life" flood warning covering the river at the Wharfage in Ironbridge, Shropshire, remains in place on today (27 February), while 82 flood warnings and 125 flood alerts had been issued.

Storm Jorge, which was named by Spanish meteorological services, is forecast to track across the North West of the UK before clearing on Saturday afternoon.

The Met Office said the storm will be followed by snow over the hills and mountains in the north of the UK and rail and hail in the south, with winds easing slightly on Sunday.

A yellow wind warning for a 24-hour period from midday on Saturday covering most of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and south-west Scotland has also been issued.

"Our operational teams continue to work night and day to protect communities alongside the River Severn, which is experiencing record levels. "River levels will remain exceptionally high on the Severn for some time and communities, in particular Shrewsbury, Bewdley, Bridgnorth and Ironbridge should prepare for potentially ongoing severe flooding."

Toby Willison, Executive Director of operations at the Environment Agency
Temporary flood barriers were moved by the River Severn towards the Wharfage in Ironbridge, Shropshire earlier this week. Credit: PA

Operational teams have put up more than 6km of temporary flood barriers across the country and flood defences have protected more than 34,184 properties over the last week.

Earlier on Wednesday (26 February), police could be seen knocking on doors along the riverside to ensure that residents living on Wharfage had left their homes.

Temporary flood defences had been pushed back towards a pub and other businesses, sparking fears that the defences could be fully breached.

Residents in the Worcestershire town of Bewdley were forced to evacuate earlier after the river spilled over barriers at Beales Corner.