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UK weather forecast – Storm Jorge to batter Britain with 70mph wind and 3ins rain tomorrow, Met Office warns

STORM Jorge will batter Britain with 70mph winds and more torrential rain as parts of the country remain underwater in horror floods.

A "danger to life" flood warning has been issued by the Environment Agency as Ironbridge in Shropshire was evacuated amid fears flood barriers could buckle.

Dramatic aerial pictures reveal the shocking extent of flooding in the city of Worcester with every sports field and most roads under several feet of water - with many other regions blanketed in heavy snow.

The River Severn reached its highest ever level of 19ft today after another night of heavy rain - with more downfalls forecast over the next few days.

Storm Jorge will barrel across the north-west of the UK over the weekend bringing another spell of strong winds and heavy rain.

Wales and Yorkshire have also been hammered by the deluge as Jorge spells yet another storm, bringing more weather chaos with what seems like no let up since the turn of the year.

Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Paul Gundersen, said: “This weekend we’ll see another named storm bring strong winds to parts of the UK with several wind and rain warnings in place.

“On Friday a band of rain associated with Storm Jorge will move across the UK.

"We have issued rain warnings for parts of Wales and northern England, where rain will be heaviest and we could see 60-80mm possible over the highest ground.

"South-westerly winds will strengthen through Saturday morning and it’ll turn widely windy except for northern Scotland, with wind warnings in place for Northern Ireland, Wales, southern Scotland and much of England.

"Where warnings are in place gusts of 50-60mph are likely quite widely with 65-70mph possible in coastal areas.

"However the strongest and most damaging winds are expected across the Republic of Ireland.”

Aerial snaps show Worcestershire Country Cricket ground and several rugby and football pitches completely flooded.

Only the tops of goal posts were visible on several pitches near the River Severn.

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Dave Throup, Environment Agency manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, said 500 tonnes of water - the equivalent to six HGVs - was flowing through the city every second.

Ade Cartwright, 50, and his family were forced to leave their home to escape the floods.

He said: "My wife and I left, along with most of the neighbours. The city council have put us up in the Fownes Hotel.

"We are managing but it is difficult living in one room together, 24 hours a day.

"Last weekend it came into the house, luckily we were prepared, once the water receded we managed to clear it up with a few friends within four hours.

"Now it has happened again we have decided to leave.

"We can't do anything until the levels drop and I don't envisage that happening until the weekend."

The floodwater is also creeping closer to homes in Severn Terrace where a large number of elderly people live.

Kim Weston said she was concerned for her parents' wellbeing as water threatened to consume the elderly couple's home.

She said: "The water is dangerously close to the properties, it has never been this close before.

"I am very concerned that my parents' house will flood.

"The road has been closed but cars continue to speed down it to get to Castle Street.

"It is causing the water to ripple and splash up the brickwork. I wish they would put a proper blockade to stop people driving through the floodwater. It is making matters worse."

Ironbridge makeshift flood defenses shift under the weight of water