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Good evening. Gale force winds and torrential rain
are forecast to batter parts of the Midlands tonight. 23 flood warnings
have been issued for the region, three of them severe. In
Gloucestershire, surfers rode the latest Severn bore. But despite
today's fun there was a serious message from the Environment Agency.
Lindsay Doyle reports. The famous Severn bore attracted a
curious, adventurers and the environmentalist. Today, high tide
the river was higher than normal. We have come down from North Wales to
watch friends surf the Severn bore. They have thoroughly enjoyed it, and
it is just a natural phenomenon, isn't it? First it goes slow, and
shallow, and then it goes up and deep. First time I've seen it. Yes,
quite impressive. An extra surge caused by pressure combined with
light wind caused the Bristol Channel to swiftly for the bank. Two
minutes ago we were standing by the river bank, but the level has risen
so quickly, we had to move inside. Over the next few days, we have two
more high tides. We expect the type to night to be very similar levels
to the one we have just seen, and the one to morning that would
tomorrow morning as well. There is a lot of fresh water as well coming
out is a lot of freshwater as welcoming and seven. Today's bore is
classed by the moment agency as a 4`star tomorrow. Tomorrow, it is
expected another one will reach five star level, meaning flood warnings
remain firmly in place. A 22`year`old man from Hanbury
appeared at Worcester Magistrates' Court this morning charged with
murder, in connection with the death of a 43`year`old woman. Police have
named the victim as Karen Wild. She was found with serious stab wounds
at her home on Thursday afternoon. The 22`year`old was remanded in
custody and will appear at Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday.
A 14`year`old boy has been remanded in custody after being charged with
attempted murder. It follows the stabbing of a 17`year`old in the
Handsworth Wood area of Birmingham on Thursday.
A charity set up in memory of a Birmingham boy who died of a brian
tumour is now helping the families of other cancer sufferers. Help
Harry Help Others has donated ?100,000 to create a new facility at
St Mary's Hospice in Birmingham. The Harry Moseley Family Centre means
relatives can stay at the Hospice with their loved ones. This gives
them that facility to be a family, so they're not like in a hospital,
and be together, and Tyne is so precious and important. This is not
going to just help one family, it is going to help hundreds of families
for years to come. It is just wonderful.
Onto the football results and in the Premier League Aston Villa lost at
Everton 2`1. Stoke bounced back in style after a disappointing midweek
defeat at Sunderland, beating Manchester United 2`1.
In the Championship, it was three goals each for Birmingham City and
Derby. In League One, Coventry City's game against Walsall was
postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Sixfields. Port Vale lost 3`2 at
Gillingham. It was a goal apiece for Shrewsbury and Brentford. And Wolves
climbed back into the top two, with a fourth successive win, beating
Bradford 2`0. In League Two, a 1`1 draw for Burton
Albion and Exeter. And the same result for Cheltenham at home to
Northampton. And in the Conference, Kidderminster
Harriers lost 3`1 at Gateshead. And Nuneaton lost 2`1 at Salisbury. In
the FA Trophy, Tamworth lost 4`1 at Grimsby. Onto Rugby Union and in the
LV Cup, a resounding victory for Gloucester, beating Wasps 36`5. But
Worcester were thrashed by Exeter, 42`3.
And in the Championship, Moseley lost to Rotherham Titans, 16`6.
Let's get the all`important weather forecast now with Sara Blizzard.
Good evening. They will be a very windy nights the night. We have a
yellow weather warning in force, but with regard to the strength of the
wind, gale force winds across Herefordshire and Worcestershire,
and we still have bands of showers in the early part of the night
working their way across towards the east. So still some torrential
downpours in addition to 60 mile hour wind. Night time to bridges
finally got down to about three Celsius, so the chance of a slight
frost and sheltered areas. Sunday will be a better day. It will still
be a very blustery day, but we should see further showers around. A
little bit of brightness breaking through in central part of
Birmingham. A daytime to bridge tomorrow at nine Celsius.
tomorrow That's all for now. The next update
from Midlands Today is tomorrow evening at 5:50. Have a good
Saturday evening. Goodbye. Heavy downpours in places tonight
but strong winds and with the tides peaking again, still the chance of
coastal flooding. With the wind dying down, not so many shows
around. There weren't too many across eastern England, but by
showers will spill across eastern England tonight. Showers in most
places and those