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Thank you very much. That is it from us.
Good afternoon. As we have just heard, rain and strong winds are
predicted to cause problems this afternoon as people across the
Midlands are braced for more floods. The moment agency has issued 23
flood warnings, three of them severe. In Gloucestershire, surfers
rode the latest seven board despite the dangers.
The famous Severn bore, attracting the curious, and the merriment
lists. Today, the high tide on the river was 20 centimetres higher than
normal. We have come down from North Wales to watch friends serve the
Severn bore. They have thoroughly enjoyed it, and it is a natural
phenomenon. First time I've seen. It is impressive. An extra surge
combined with tides and high wind, have cause the banks to flood. The
river level has risen so quickly, we have had to move away from the river
bank and inside. This is a high tide, and it is also interacting
with a lot of fresh water coming down. The speed it came up this
morning is very fast, and that can catch people out. Today's bore is
classified as a 4`star, and another one of five stars is expected
tomorrow. This means flood warnings mean firmly in place.
A 14`year`old boy has appeared before magistrates in Birmingham
this morning charged with attempted murder, following the stabbing of a
17`year`old in the Handsworth Wood area of the city on Thursday.
A charity inspired by a young Birmingham boy who died of a brain
tumour is helping the families of other cancer sufferers. Work on the
Harry Moseley Family Centre at St Mary's Hospice in Birmingham is
almost complete and will enable families to stay at the hospice with
their loved ones. The charity, Help Harry Help Others, has given
?100,000 towards the building. This gives them that facility to be a
family, so they are not in a hospital, and be together. Time is
so precious and important, and this will just help one family, it will
help hundreds of families for years to come, so it is just wonderful.
Yesterday it was all about transfer deadline day, but this afternoon
it's back to football action on the pitch. One of the big games of the
day will see Stoke City entertain Manchester United at the Britannia
Stadium. It's another important 90 minutes for Stoke, who are just
three points above the Premier League relegation zone. We have
shown against Chelsea and Manchester City that we can compete and we will
always compete against the top sides, so it is not a daunting task
or one that frightens us at all, in fact, it galvanises everybody and
makes them very excited at the prospect ahead.
One other piece of football news ` this afternoon's League One match
between Coventry City and Walsall is off after a pitch inspection at
Sixfields this morning. Let's get the official weather
forecast now. Let's get the official weather
Good afternoon. After such a lovely start of the day, dry and bright
conditions, it all breaks down now. Bands of heavy showers all moving in
from the West, merging together to give more prolonged periods of rain,
and they could easily contain hail and thunder as well. In addition to
the wet weather, very strong southerly winds reach gale force at
times through the afternoon and into the evening. The majority of the
showers pull away towards the east overnight. Clearer skies return. The
wind remains blustery, but in sheltered areas, we could see a
slight frost and ice developing. If you have concerns about flooding,
there are a number of severe flood warnings issued. The number is on
the screen. I will be back with all the football
and rugby results and the latest weather
Do have a very good afternoon. Goodbye.
Some of us will have to brace ourselves today. Leaning forward
into the wind. If you live over the west of the UK, there are gale-force
winds on the way, but the main hazards are the gales and the
potential for flooding. Tomorrow, a blustery day but on balance, it will
be a better day. This is the current storm that is just about approaching
the UK now. It looks like from space you can see a swirl of cloud. The
worst of the weather is close to the centre of the storm. You can see how
clear the east of the country is. Lovely sunshine this morning and at
lunch time. Here the strength of the wind will be felt over the western
and southern areas, especially across the south-west and the Welsh
coasts. Gusts up to 07 miles an hour. And of
course -- gusts up to 70 mierls an hour.
-- miles. Severe gales and big waves.