08/02/2014 Midlands Today


08/02/2014

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Good afternoon. Another big storm is expected to hit the Midlands this

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afternoon, bringing heavy rain and gale force winds. The Met Office has

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issued a yellow weather warning for the region and 33 flood warnings are

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in place. As Lindsay Doyle reports, it's further bad news for farmers

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who've had to endure weeks of flooding on their land.

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Hayes Farm at Melverley on the Shropshire/Welsh border, fields

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flooded, winter wheat already washed away and plans for planting Spring

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crops being pushed later and later. The last two years have got a lot

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worse. The lost a lot of spring planting and then we had to replant

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it and then lost it again due to the flooding. As you can see, we have

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planted Wortham crops and that has also flooded `` autumn crops. Water

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which has been cascading over the dam at Lake Vyrnwy Reservoir in Mid

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Wales has sparked fears that more rain will cause more flooding as it

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feeds into the River Vyrnwy, joining the River Severn near Melverley.

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Unfortunately for farmers, it has been time after time where we have

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had so much water and it is starting to interfere with farming. Hayes

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farm have brought their cattle in for the winter but that again is

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another cost to the farmer. Elsewhere in Shropshire the floods

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barriers are up in Ironbridge, the Environment Agency is stressing in

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spite of high river levels the barriers are ensuring that its

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business as usual today in the historic town.

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Police have just re`opened the M6 after it was closed for over six

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hours. The road was shut after a body was found on the carriageway in

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Staffordshire. The motorway was shut to southbound traffic between

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Junction 11 at Cannock and Junction ten at Walsall. A bridge over the

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road near the scene was also affected.

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In football, all three of our Premier League clubs could have a

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big impact on the battle to avoid relegation this afternoon. Aston

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Villa are at home to West Ham. West Brom travel to Crystal Palace. And

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Stoke visit Southampton. In the Championship, the Birmingham City

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captain Paul Robinson makes a welcome return for their trip to

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Charlton. Huge boost for us to have the car and back, just not in terms

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of his leadership, but his performance levels. He delivers what

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I expect my players so the rest of the players can then follow him.

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Meanwhile, all today's games involving our sides in the

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Conference have been postponed due to the weather.

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Time now to get some more detail on that stormy weather that's heading

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our way. Time now to get some more detail

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The wind really is a key feature of today's weather, that together with

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blustery showers working their way in from the West. We have yellow

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warnings in place. We are looking at Gusts between 50 and 60 mph. Highs

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of around seven or eight degrees. Still the showers keep coming in

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this evening, feeding in on that blustery wind. The risk of hale and

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Thunder thrown in as well. Lows of around four or five degrees.

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Tomorrow we'll start off on a wet and windy node. The breeze will ease

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through the day and the showers will become fewer and far between. I will

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be back in our next bulletin at 7:05pm. Until then, have a good

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after doing. evening. -- the winds will ease

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Good afternoon. It is yet another stormy day to day with heavy rain

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around and very strong winds. The Met office has issued an amber

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warning for the strong winds. They could be disruptive and damaging.

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This is the latest in a string of storms that we have seen this

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winter. For southern England, this looks like one of the wettest

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winters for 250 years. Scotland saw the wettest December 4/100 years.

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Low pressure well in charge of things at the moment, drifting

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across the UK to the North. The tide Isa buyers will mean windy

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conditions, particularly for the south and

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