01/02/2014 Midlands Today


01/02/2014

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Thank you very much. That is it from us.

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Good afternoon. As we have just heard, rain and strong winds are

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predicted to cause problems this afternoon as people across the

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Midlands are braced for more floods. The moment agency has issued 23

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flood warnings, three of them severe. In Gloucestershire, surfers

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rode the latest seven board despite the dangers.

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The famous Severn bore, attracting the curious, and the merriment

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lists. Today, the high tide on the river was 20 centimetres higher than

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normal. We have come down from North Wales to watch friends serve the

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Severn bore. They have thoroughly enjoyed it, and it is a natural

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phenomenon. First time I've seen. It is impressive. An extra surge

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combined with tides and high wind, have cause the banks to flood. The

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river level has risen so quickly, we have had to move away from the river

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bank and inside. This is a high tide, and it is also interacting

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with a lot of fresh water coming down. The speed it came up this

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morning is very fast, and that can catch people out. Today's bore is

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classified as a 4`star, and another one of five stars is expected

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tomorrow. This means flood warnings mean firmly in place.

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A 14`year`old boy has appeared before magistrates in Birmingham

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this morning charged with attempted murder, following the stabbing of a

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17`year`old in the Handsworth Wood area of the city on Thursday.

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A charity inspired by a young Birmingham boy who died of a brain

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tumour is helping the families of other cancer sufferers. Work on the

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Harry Moseley Family Centre at St Mary's Hospice in Birmingham is

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almost complete and will enable families to stay at the hospice with

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their loved ones. The charity, Help Harry Help Others, has given

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?100,000 towards the building. This gives them that facility to be a

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family, so they are not in a hospital, and be together. Time is

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so precious and important, and this will just help one family, it will

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help hundreds of families for years to come, so it is just wonderful.

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Yesterday it was all about transfer deadline day, but this afternoon

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it's back to football action on the pitch. One of the big games of the

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day will see Stoke City entertain Manchester United at the Britannia

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Stadium. It's another important 90 minutes for Stoke, who are just

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three points above the Premier League relegation zone. We have

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shown against Chelsea and Manchester City that we can compete and we will

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always compete against the top sides, so it is not a daunting task

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or one that frightens us at all, in fact, it galvanises everybody and

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makes them very excited at the prospect ahead.

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One other piece of football news ` this afternoon's League One match

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between Coventry City and Walsall is off after a pitch inspection at

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Sixfields this morning. Let's get the official weather

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forecast now. Let's get the official weather

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Good afternoon. After such a lovely start of the day, dry and bright

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conditions, it all breaks down now. Bands of heavy showers all moving in

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from the West, merging together to give more prolonged periods of rain,

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and they could easily contain hail and thunder as well. In addition to

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the wet weather, very strong southerly winds reach gale force at

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times through the afternoon and into the evening. The majority of the

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showers pull away towards the east overnight. Clearer skies return. The

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wind remains blustery, but in sheltered areas, we could see a

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slight frost and ice developing. If you have concerns about flooding,

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there are a number of severe flood warnings issued. The number is on

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the screen. I will be back with all the football

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and rugby results and the latest weather

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Do have a very good afternoon. Goodbye.

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Some of us will have to brace ourselves today. Leaning forward

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into the wind. If you live over the west of the UK, there are gale-force

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winds on the way, but the main hazards are the gales and the

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potential for flooding. Tomorrow, a blustery day but on balance, it will

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be a better day. This is the current storm that is just about approaching

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the UK now. It looks like from space you can see a swirl of cloud. The

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worst of the weather is close to the centre of the storm. You can see how

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clear the east of the country is. Lovely sunshine this morning and at

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lunch time. Here the strength of the wind will be felt over the western

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and southern areas, especially across the south-west and the Welsh

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coasts. Gusts up to 07 miles an hour. And of

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course -- gusts up to 70 mierls an hour.

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-- miles. Severe gales and big waves.

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Dangerous conditions

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