Barney storms in with days of floods and travel chaos

Storm Barney hits the UK
Storm Barney hits the UK

Roaring winds could down trees, cause power cuts and lead to flooding as Storm Barney sweeps through the UK this week, weather experts have said.

The second storm deemed strong enough to be given its own name this season brought winds of up to 75mph to areas across England, as well as Wales and Ireland last night.

There was heavy rainfall in Northern Ireland, Wales and north-west England and strong winds could disrupt flights from Heathrow and Gatwick airports, as well as hitting other types of transport.

AccuWeather meteorologists have predicted rainfall from Barney to generally total around one inch, but as much as two inches fell in some areas.

A yellow “be aware” warning for strong winds was issued for parts of Wales, southern, central and eastern England last night.

There is also a weather warning for rain in the next few days centred on the north-west of England and Wales, coming hard on the heels of torrential rain which saw rivers burst their banks and localised flooding affecting roads, farmland and train services.

The River Ouse in North Yorkshire and York will remain high until tomorrow, where there could be further localised flooding, the Environment Agency said.

However many other flood warnings across the region have been lifted.