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Good afternoon. Another big storm is expected to hit the Midlands this
afternoon, bringing heavy rain and gale force winds. The Met Office has
issued a yellow weather warning for the region and 33 flood warnings are
in place. As Lindsay Doyle reports, it's further bad news for farmers
who've had to endure weeks of flooding on their land.
Hayes Farm at Melverley on the Shropshire/Welsh border, fields
flooded, winter wheat already washed away and plans for planting Spring
crops being pushed later and later. The last two years have got a lot
worse. The lost a lot of spring planting and then we had to replant
it and then lost it again due to the flooding. As you can see, we have
planted Wortham crops and that has also flooded `` autumn crops. Water
which has been cascading over the dam at Lake Vyrnwy Reservoir in Mid
Wales has sparked fears that more rain will cause more flooding as it
feeds into the River Vyrnwy, joining the River Severn near Melverley.
Unfortunately for farmers, it has been time after time where we have
had so much water and it is starting to interfere with farming. Hayes
farm have brought their cattle in for the winter but that again is
another cost to the farmer. Elsewhere in Shropshire the floods
barriers are up in Ironbridge, the Environment Agency is stressing in
spite of high river levels the barriers are ensuring that its
business as usual today in the historic town.
Police have just re`opened the M6 after it was closed for over six
hours. The road was shut after a body was found on the carriageway in
Staffordshire. The motorway was shut to southbound traffic between
Junction 11 at Cannock and Junction ten at Walsall. A bridge over the
road near the scene was also affected.
In football, all three of our Premier League clubs could have a
big impact on the battle to avoid relegation this afternoon. Aston
Villa are at home to West Ham. West Brom travel to Crystal Palace. And
Stoke visit Southampton. In the Championship, the Birmingham City
captain Paul Robinson makes a welcome return for their trip to
Charlton. Huge boost for us to have the car and back, just not in terms
of his leadership, but his performance levels. He delivers what
I expect my players so the rest of the players can then follow him.
Meanwhile, all today's games involving our sides in the
Conference have been postponed due to the weather.
Time now to get some more detail on that stormy weather that's heading
our way. Time now to get some more detail
The wind really is a key feature of today's weather, that together with
blustery showers working their way in from the West. We have yellow
warnings in place. We are looking at Gusts between 50 and 60 mph. Highs
of around seven or eight degrees. Still the showers keep coming in
this evening, feeding in on that blustery wind. The risk of hale and
Thunder thrown in as well. Lows of around four or five degrees.
Tomorrow we'll start off on a wet and windy node. The breeze will ease
through the day and the showers will become fewer and far between. I will
be back in our next bulletin at 7:05pm. Until then, have a good
after doing. evening. -- the winds will ease
Good afternoon. It is yet another stormy day to day with heavy rain
around and very strong winds. The Met office has issued an amber
warning for the strong winds. They could be disruptive and damaging.
This is the latest in a string of storms that we have seen this
winter. For southern England, this looks like one of the wettest
winters for 250 years. Scotland saw the wettest December 4/100 years.
Low pressure well in charge of things at the moment, drifting
across the UK to the North. The tide Isa buyers will mean windy
conditions, particularly for the south and