Storm Babet chaos as three dead and more ‘danger to life’ warnings issued

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    The Met Office has issued another red "danger to life" warning as Storm Babet continues to wreak havoc across the country.

    The rare weather warning is in place for parts of eastern Scotland all day today (October 21) after some parts of the UK was month and a half of rainfall in just three days. Scotland's First Minister Humza Yousaf warned: "We have not seen the last of this."

    And it's not just Scotland affected by the inclement weather – director of flood strategy and adaptation at the Environment Agency Julie Foley warned more than 360 flood warnings had been issued across the country. "It's really important, actually, that people stay vigilant and they check the status of flood warnings," she told the BBC.

    READ MORE: Storm Babet claims third victim and sends plane off runway – but 'worst is yet to come'

    A yellow warning for wind also remains in place until 12pm across the north east of England and eastern Scotland.

    The storm has already claimed the lives of three people, with the most recent victim – a 57-year-old man – killed in fast-flowing water in Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire, last night. Two members of the public were also confirmed dead on Wednesday (October 18) and early on Friday morning, with horrendous weather caused by Storm Babet deemed the main factor in both instances.

    Some 55,000 people were also left without power on Friday (October 20) as a result of the storm. Around 45,000 of those were reconnected to the grid as of that evening, the Energy Networks Association said.

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    The Met Office said the worst-hit regions over the coming days will likely be in the north of the country, with the focus remaining on Scotland. Forecaster Jonathan Vautrey told the PA news agency: “The focus of the rainfall from Saturday shifts back northwards over towards eastern and northern Scotland.

    “Some parts of those areas have seen about a month and a half’s worth of rain already, but there’s another band that’s forecast to track its way northwards over the course of the night and push its way towards relatively similar areas.

    “So there are further red and amber rain warnings in force for Saturday, with the potential to push those areas close towards two months of rain in the span of three days.”

    The unusual weather isn't expected to let up for some time, the Daily Star previously reported. While weather warnings will be lifted from tomorrow, the Met Office said Saturday and Sunday will see further heavy rain before conditions ease from Monday.

    It is unknown when travel chaos caused by Storm Babet will finally come to an end. Heavy winds saw a passenger plane to skid off a runway in Leeds Bradford Airport earlier this week, while flooding also caused 70-minute delays on the A1 near Grantham on Friday.

    Further south, Suffolk declared a major incident as the tempest caused "major flooding" across the county. The rural village of Debenham was cut off by flooding, residents said, while tractors were being used to rescue people caught in the flood water.

    Around 50 people took shelter in the local leisure centre there and were forced to sleep on crash mats, staff said.

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