Storm Jorge makes it the wettest February ever as eight-inch downpour beats 30-year-old UK record

Storm Jorge has swept across Britain in what is the fourth weekend of heavy rain in a row as the Met Office declare it the wettest February on record. 

Britain has been hit with a deluge of storms in recent weeks and has seen an average of 202.1mm of rainfall, beating the previous record of 193.4mm set in February 1990.

There are currently still more than 260 flood alerts in place throughout the UK with the most severe warnings being issued in the south west and along the English-Welsh border.

There are an additional four yellow weather warnings in force for snow and wind that stretch from Cornwall to the north of Scotland as people have been warned to expect continued travel disruption on road, bus and rail routes. 

It comes after police in South Wales declared a critical incident after the area was hit by a barrage of severe weather overnight.

A spokesperson said: ‘The emergency services, jointly with local authority planning departments, local health boards, and organisations such as Natural Resources Wales and utility companies, are working continuously to ensure the safety and welfare of those affected, minimise damage to infrastructure and property, and minimise disruption.’

Storm Jorge has swept into the UK bringing four inches of rain, fierce winds and snow as drivers are urged to avoid unnecessary travel. Pictured: Garden sheds floating in the flood water in Snaith as dozens of homes and businesses were hit by Storm Jorge

Storm Jorge has swept into the UK bringing four inches of rain, fierce winds and snow as drivers are urged to avoid unnecessary travel. Pictured: Garden sheds floating in the flood water in Snaith as dozens of homes and businesses were hit by Storm Jorge

Storm Jorge has swept into the UK bringing four inches of rain, fierce winds and snow as drivers are urged to avoid unnecessary travel. Pictured: Garden sheds floating in the flood water in Snaith as dozens of homes and businesses were hit by Storm Jorge

Humberside Fire and Rescue services rescued a resident and his dog from a home in Snaith, Yorkshire, as flooding continues after the River Aire bursts its banks

Humberside Fire and Rescue services rescued a resident and his dog from a home in Snaith, Yorkshire, as flooding continues after the River Aire bursts its banks

Humberside Fire and Rescue services rescued a resident and his dog from a home in Snaith, Yorkshire, as flooding continues after the River Aire bursts its banks

Staff from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council have been out throughout the night dealing with the impact of the severe weather. Pictured: Flood water in Cardiff

Staff from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council have been out throughout the night dealing with the impact of the severe weather. Pictured: Flood water in Cardiff

Staff from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council have been out throughout the night dealing with the impact of the severe weather. Pictured: Flood water in Cardiff

Police warned of a landslide in Pontsticill near Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, earlier this morning which completely blocked a road following heavy rain and wind brought by Storm Jorge

Police warned of a landslide in Pontsticill near Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, earlier this morning which completely blocked a road following heavy rain and wind brought by Storm Jorge

Police warned of a landslide in Pontsticill near Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, earlier this morning which completely blocked a road following heavy rain and wind brought by Storm Jorge

Three-day weather forecast: Storm Jorge has swept into the UK bringing four inches of rain, fierce winds and snow as drivers are urged to avoid unnecessary travel

Three-day weather forecast: Storm Jorge has swept into the UK bringing four inches of rain, fierce winds and snow as drivers are urged to avoid unnecessary travel

Three-day weather forecast: Storm Jorge has swept into the UK bringing four inches of rain, fierce winds and snow as drivers are urged to avoid unnecessary travel

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service took 72 calls between 6pm on Friday and 6am on Saturday.

Superintendent Andy Kingdom said: ‘Indications are that the rain is set to stop and river levels will soon recede.

‘There is still significant surface water and debris on the roads throughout the force area so we would advise people only to travel if absolutely necessary.’

More than 600 homes and a similar number of businesses have been hit in Wales, accounting for around a quarter of affected properties in the UK.

Pontypridd which was also flooded two weeks ago has been particularly affected with police warning residents to stay indoors unless ‘absolutely necessary’. 

Ely Bridge in Cardiff was also closed for around two hours overnight and police warned of a landslide in Pontsticill near Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, which completely blocked the road.

There are currently more than 260 flood alerts in place with the most severe warnings being issued in the south west and along the English-Welsh border. Pictured: Cars attempting to drive through the flood waters in Powys, Wales

There are currently more than 260 flood alerts in place with the most severe warnings being issued in the south west and along the English-Welsh border. Pictured: Cars attempting to drive through the flood waters in Powys, Wales

There are currently more than 260 flood alerts in place with the most severe warnings being issued in the south west and along the English-Welsh border. Pictured: Cars attempting to drive through the flood waters in Powys, Wales

Roads across Snaith in East Yorkshire were left completely deserted after residents were evacuated after the River Aire bursts its banks

Roads across Snaith in East Yorkshire were left completely deserted after residents were evacuated after the River Aire bursts its banks

Roads across Snaith in East Yorkshire were left completely deserted after residents were evacuated after the River Aire bursts its banks

The Met Office encouraged people to 'slow down, plan ahead and look out for each other' during the cold and stormy weather. Pictured: Residents and rescue workers were forced to wade through the flood water in Snaith, Yorkshire

The Met Office encouraged people to 'slow down, plan ahead and look out for each other' during the cold and stormy weather. Pictured: Residents and rescue workers were forced to wade through the flood water in Snaith, Yorkshire

The Met Office encouraged people to ‘slow down, plan ahead and look out for each other’ during the cold and stormy weather. Pictured: Residents and rescue workers were forced to wade through the flood water in Snaith, Yorkshire

A member of Humberside Fire and Rescue service wades through flood water to check properties during the evacuation of residents from flooded homes in Snaith

A member of Humberside Fire and Rescue service wades through flood water to check properties during the evacuation of residents from flooded homes in Snaith

A member of Humberside Fire and Rescue service wades through flood water to check properties during the evacuation of residents from flooded homes in Snaith

Already flooded communities are preparing for yet another deluge. Pictured: River Wye bursts its banks at Builth Wells in Powys, Wales, as rain continues to fall

Already flooded communities are preparing for yet another deluge. Pictured: River Wye bursts its banks at Builth Wells in Powys, Wales, as rain continues to fall

Already flooded communities are preparing for yet another deluge. Pictured: River Wye bursts its banks at Builth Wells in Powys, Wales, as rain continues to fall

Weather warnings remain in place across the UK as Storm Jorge brings gusts of up to 70mph. Pictured: Aer Lingus plane struggling with the strong winds while attempting to land at Leeds Bradford airport this morning

Weather warnings remain in place across the UK as Storm Jorge brings gusts of up to 70mph. Pictured: Aer Lingus plane struggling with the strong winds while attempting to land at Leeds Bradford airport this morning

Weather warnings remain in place across the UK as Storm Jorge brings gusts of up to 70mph. Pictured: Aer Lingus plane struggling with the strong winds while attempting to land at Leeds Bradford airport this morning

East Riding of Yorkshire Council said that water from the washland around Snaith was being pumped into the River Don and that rain had forced closures along the A164. Pictured: Residents canoe from their homes along a flooded street in Snaith

East Riding of Yorkshire Council said that water from the washland around Snaith was being pumped into the River Don and that rain had forced closures along the A164. Pictured: Residents canoe from their homes along a flooded street in Snaith

East Riding of Yorkshire Council said that water from the washland around Snaith was being pumped into the River Don and that rain had forced closures along the A164. Pictured: Residents canoe from their homes along a flooded street in Snaith

There are currently more than 260 flood alerts in place with the most severe warnings being issued in the south west and along the English-Welsh border

There are currently more than 260 flood alerts in place with the most severe warnings being issued in the south west and along the English-Welsh border

There are also four yellow weather warnings for snow and wind

There are also four yellow weather warnings for snow and wind

There are currently more than 260 flood alerts in place (left) with the most severe warnings being issued in the south west and along the English-Welsh border as well as four yellow weather warnings for snow and wind (right)

Staff from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council worked through the night to deal with the impact of the severe weather.

A spokesperson said this morning said: ‘All our roads are open and passable with care, with surface water present on many routes.

‘The Council will continue to work throughout the weekend in response to the significant rainfall experienced during Storm Jorge.’   

East Yorkshire was also severely hit by the fourth consecutive weekend of heavy rain as residents were evacuated from West Cowick and Lidgate after the River Aire broke its banks. 

Four tonnes of sandbags were laid overnight in East Cowick to help divert the flood water but a statement from East Riding of Yorkshire Council said that 60 properties were still at risk.

It later added that water from the washland around Snaith was being pumped into the River Don and that rain had forced closures along the A164.     

Emergency services set up pumps in an attempt to reduce water levels in the flooded village of East Cowick, Yorkshire, after heavy rain and strong winds hit overnight

Emergency services set up pumps in an attempt to reduce water levels in the flooded village of East Cowick, Yorkshire, after heavy rain and strong winds hit overnight

Emergency services set up pumps in an attempt to reduce water levels in the flooded village of East Cowick, Yorkshire, after heavy rain and strong winds hit overnight

Storm Jorge is the fifth storm to hit the UK since December 6 last year and the third in February. Pictured: Flooding in East Cowick, Yorkshire

Storm Jorge is the fifth storm to hit the UK since December 6 last year and the third in February. Pictured: Flooding in East Cowick, Yorkshire

Storm Jorge is the fifth storm to hit the UK since December 6 last year and the third in February. Pictured: Flooding in East Cowick, Yorkshire

Fire Fighters step over a bank of sandbags to check on residents in the flooded town of East Cowick, Yorkshire, where most homes have been evacuated

Fire Fighters step over a bank of sandbags to check on residents in the flooded town of East Cowick, Yorkshire, where most homes have been evacuated

Fire Fighters step over a bank of sandbags to check on residents in the flooded town of East Cowick, Yorkshire, where most homes have been evacuated

One resident's greenhouse was left almost completely submerged i the flood water in Snaith, East Yorkshire, where residents have been evacuated

One resident's greenhouse was left almost completely submerged i the flood water in Snaith, East Yorkshire, where residents have been evacuated

One resident’s greenhouse was left almost completely submerged i the flood water in Snaith, East Yorkshire, where residents have been evacuated

A resident spoke to emergency services from a top floor window to speak about evacuating her property as flood waters continue to rise after the River Aire bursts its banks in Yorkshire

A resident spoke to emergency services from a top floor window to speak about evacuating her property as flood waters continue to rise after the River Aire bursts its banks in Yorkshire

A resident spoke to emergency services from a top floor window to speak about evacuating her property as flood waters continue to rise after the River Aire bursts its banks in Yorkshire

Two women wearing wellington boots look across at the flood water that has engulfed the roads in East Cowick, Yorkshire, as a result of Storm Jorge

Two women wearing wellington boots look across at the flood water that has engulfed the roads in East Cowick, Yorkshire, as a result of Storm Jorge

Two women wearing wellington boots look across at the flood water that has engulfed the roads in East Cowick, Yorkshire, as a result of Storm Jorge

Flooding from the swollen River Aire continues to cause damage in East Cowick, Yorkshire, as residents attempt to protect their homes with sandbags

Flooding from the swollen River Aire continues to cause damage in East Cowick, Yorkshire, as residents attempt to protect their homes with sandbags

Flooding from the swollen River Aire continues to cause damage in East Cowick, Yorkshire, as residents attempt to protect their homes with sandbags 

Storm Jorge also brought misery to the West Country in the form of landslides, flooded roads and power cuts.

The torrential rain that fell overnight is thought to have loosened soil that caused a 400-tonne ‘mountain’ of mud blocking a major road in Devon.

No one was injured during the incident but Devon and Cornwall Police said the A381 between Totnes and Ipplepen has been closed all night and diversions have been put in place. 

A spokesman said: ‘It is hoped that work on clearing the landslide should begin today.’

In Dorset, there was another landslide at Burlington Chine in Swanage with the council issuing a statement that said: ‘The area, including the footpath, has been closed by the coastguard.

‘Please avoid the cliffs in this weather, as there’s a high risk of landslips. Thank you.’

The storm also left 164 homes in near Exeter without power as well as a further 92 blacked out in Plymouth.  

A 4x4 emergency response volunteer drove through a flooded street to reach stranded residents after the River Aire burst its banks during Storm Jorge

A 4x4 emergency response volunteer drove through a flooded street to reach stranded residents after the River Aire burst its banks during Storm Jorge

A 4×4 emergency response volunteer drove through a flooded street to reach stranded residents after the River Aire burst its banks during Storm Jorge

More than 1,000 EA staff have worked on flood defences every day using pumps, clearing debris and repairing damaged defences as well as erecting 3.7 miles of barriers. Pictured: Two women wade through flood water in East Cowick, Yorkshire

More than 1,000 EA staff have worked on flood defences every day using pumps, clearing debris and repairing damaged defences as well as erecting 3.7 miles of barriers. Pictured: Two women wade through flood water in East Cowick, Yorkshire

More than 1,000 EA staff have worked on flood defences every day using pumps, clearing debris and repairing damaged defences as well as erecting 3.7 miles of barriers. Pictured: Two women wade through flood water in East Cowick, Yorkshire

The Environment Agency added that the country needs to brace itself for 'more frequent periods of extreme weather like this' because of climate change. Pictured: Flooding in Cardiff, South Wales

The Environment Agency added that the country needs to brace itself for 'more frequent periods of extreme weather like this' because of climate change. Pictured: Flooding in Cardiff, South Wales

The Environment Agency added that the country needs to brace itself for ‘more frequent periods of extreme weather like this’ because of climate change. Pictured: Flooding in Cardiff, South Wales

The storm has also left 164 homes in near Exeter without power as well as a further 92 blacked out in Plymouth. Pictured: Flood waters surrounding houses in Snaith

The storm has also left 164 homes in near Exeter without power as well as a further 92 blacked out in Plymouth. Pictured: Flood waters surrounding houses in Snaith

The storm has also left 164 homes in near Exeter without power as well as a further 92 blacked out in Plymouth. Pictured: Flood waters surrounding houses in Snaith 

Neighbours equipped with wellington boots and waders gather on a flooded street in East Cowick, Yorkshire, to discuss the extent of damage

Neighbours equipped with wellington boots and waders gather on a flooded street in East Cowick, Yorkshire, to discuss the extent of damage

Neighbours equipped with wellington boots and waders gather on a flooded street in East Cowick, Yorkshire, to discuss the extent of damage

Fire service personnel monitor water levels in East Yorkshire as flood waters rise after the River Aire bursts its banks

Fire service personnel monitor water levels in East Yorkshire as flood waters rise after the River Aire bursts its banks

Fire service personnel monitor water levels in East Yorkshire as flood waters rise after the River Aire bursts its banks 

A spokesperson for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said this morning said: 'All our roads are open and passable with care, with surface water present on many routes.' Pictured: Flooding on a residential street in Cardiff

A spokesperson for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said this morning said: 'All our roads are open and passable with care, with surface water present on many routes.' Pictured: Flooding on a residential street in Cardiff

A spokesperson for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said this morning said: ‘All our roads are open and passable with care, with surface water present on many routes.’ Pictured: Flooding on a residential street in Cardiff

It is hoped that the worst of the wet weather across the country will pass by lunchtime, according to Met Office forecaster Emma Salter. Pictured: Ely Bridge in Cardiff (pictured) was closed for around two hours overnight

It is hoped that the worst of the wet weather across the country will pass by lunchtime, according to Met Office forecaster Emma Salter. Pictured: Ely Bridge in Cardiff (pictured) was closed for around two hours overnight

It is hoped that the worst of the wet weather across the country will pass by lunchtime, according to Met Office forecaster Emma Salter. Pictured: Ely Bridge in Cardiff (pictured) was closed for around two hours overnight

A tractor drives through deep flood water in East Cowick after the River Aire bursts its banks

A tractor drives through deep flood water in East Cowick after the River Aire bursts its banks

A tractor drives through deep flood water in East Cowick after the River Aire bursts its banks

Neighbours teamed up to help evacuate a couple and their possession from their homes as the community comes together in Yorkshire

Neighbours teamed up to help evacuate a couple and their possession from their homes as the community comes together in Yorkshire

Neighbours teamed up to help evacuate a couple and their possession from their homes as the community comes together in Yorkshire

The pair were dragged to the nearest bit of dry land before they began unpacking their possessions that they had packed into bags and boxes

The pair were dragged to the nearest bit of dry land before they began unpacking their possessions that they had packed into bags and boxes

The pair were dragged to the nearest bit of dry land before they began unpacking their possessions that they had packed into bags and boxes

An East Riding of Yorkshire Council van drove through the flood water after the area was hit by Storm Jorge

An East Riding of Yorkshire Council van drove through the flood water after the area was hit by Storm Jorge

An East Riding of Yorkshire Council van drove through the flood water after the area was hit by Storm Jorge

There have been reports of landslides across the country, including in the West Country, that have forced road closures. Pictured: Debris strewn across the street in East Yorkshire with police erecting a cordon

There have been reports of landslides across the country, including in the West Country, that have forced road closures. Pictured: Debris strewn across the street in East Yorkshire with police erecting a cordon

There have been reports of landslides across the country, including in the West Country, that have forced road closures. Pictured: Debris strewn across the street in East Yorkshire with police erecting a cordon

People watch as huge waves hit the sea wall in Porthcawl, South Wales, as strong winds of up to 75mph brought by Storm Jorge batter the UK

People watch as huge waves hit the sea wall in Porthcawl, South Wales, as strong winds of up to 75mph brought by Storm Jorge batter the UK

People watch as huge waves hit the sea wall in Porthcawl, South Wales, as strong winds of up to 75mph brought by Storm Jorge batter the UK

The worst of the wet weather across the country passed by lunchtime but the Met Office continued to the Met Office encourage people to ‘slow down, plan ahead and look out for each other’.

Speaking previously, Met Office forecaster Emma Salter said: ‘Things will start to calm down quite quickly… by 9am or 10am the rain should have cleared to the east.

‘It will be a lively system for the early risers but most people will still be waking up to not a great day.’

The Met Office weather warnings persist into Sunday with most of the country braced for more strong winds. 

Police in South Wales declared a critical incident after more flooding and severe weather overnight with the Fire and Rescue Service in the area taking 72 calls between 6pm on Friday and 6am on Saturday. Pictured: River Taff in Pontypridd, South Wales

Police in South Wales declared a critical incident after more flooding and severe weather overnight with the Fire and Rescue Service in the area taking 72 calls between 6pm on Friday and 6am on Saturday. Pictured: River Taff in Pontypridd, South Wales

Police in South Wales declared a critical incident after more flooding and severe weather overnight with the Fire and Rescue Service in the area taking 72 calls between 6pm on Friday and 6am on Saturday. Pictured: River Taff in Pontypridd, South Wales

More than 600 homes and a similar number of businesses have been hit in Wales, accounting for around a quarter of affected properties in the UK. Pictured: Bridge over the River Taff in Pontypridd, South Wales

More than 600 homes and a similar number of businesses have been hit in Wales, accounting for around a quarter of affected properties in the UK. Pictured: Bridge over the River Taff in Pontypridd, South Wales

More than 600 homes and a similar number of businesses have been hit in Wales, accounting for around a quarter of affected properties in the UK. Pictured: Bridge over the River Taff in Pontypridd, South Wales

But there may be some let-up as the new week begins as the warnings for rain and wind abate and leave only wintry showers north of the border.

The Environment Agency warned drivers to be careful when travelling over the weekend and advised not to drive through deep water as ‘just one eggcup’ of water is enough to ruin an engine.

The body added that the country needs to brace itself for ‘more frequent periods of extreme weather like this’ because of climate change. 

Four tonnes of sandbags were laid overnight in East Cowick to help divert water but a statement from East Riding of Yorkshire Council said that 60 properties were still at risk. Pictured: Fire and Rescue teams went to the aid two men stuck in their vehicle in flood water in East Cowick, Yorkshire, yesterday

Four tonnes of sandbags were laid overnight in East Cowick to help divert water but a statement from East Riding of Yorkshire Council said that 60 properties were still at risk. Pictured: Fire and Rescue teams went to the aid two men stuck in their vehicle in flood water in East Cowick, Yorkshire, yesterday

Four tonnes of sandbags were laid overnight in East Cowick to help divert water but a statement from East Riding of Yorkshire Council said that 60 properties were still at risk. Pictured: Fire and Rescue teams went to the aid two men stuck in their vehicle in flood water in East Cowick, Yorkshire, yesterday

Already flooded communities are preparing for yet another deluge in what is the third storm this month. Pictured: Environment Agency teams worked on temporary flood barriers in Ironbridge, Shropshire, yesterday after flood waters receded following an emergency evacuation earlier this week

Already flooded communities are preparing for yet another deluge in what is the third storm this month. Pictured: Environment Agency teams worked on temporary flood barriers in Ironbridge, Shropshire, yesterday after flood waters receded following an emergency evacuation earlier this week

Already flooded communities are preparing for yet another deluge in what is the third storm this month. Pictured: Environment Agency teams worked on temporary flood barriers in Ironbridge, Shropshire, yesterday after flood waters receded following an emergency evacuation earlier this week

It comes as police in South Wales declared a critical incident after more flooding and severe weather overnight. Pictured: Train line between Cardiff and Bridgend which was closed yesterday due to flooding

It comes as police in South Wales declared a critical incident after more flooding and severe weather overnight. Pictured: Train line between Cardiff and Bridgend which was closed yesterday due to flooding

It comes as police in South Wales declared a critical incident after more flooding and severe weather overnight. Pictured: Train line between Cardiff and Bridgend which was closed yesterday due to flooding

People have been warned to expect travel disruption on road, bus and rail routes. Pictured: The B4213 near Lower Apperley, Gloucester, submerged under flood water yesterday after the River Severn burst its banks

People have been warned to expect travel disruption on road, bus and rail routes. Pictured: The B4213 near Lower Apperley, Gloucester, submerged under flood water yesterday after the River Severn burst its banks

People have been warned to expect travel disruption on road, bus and rail routes. Pictured: The B4213 near Lower Apperley, Gloucester, submerged under flood water yesterday after the River Severn burst its banks

Heavy rain, which started with Storm Ciara and was continued by Storm Dennis, has contributed to record river levels which have seen safety teams put in ‘Herculean efforts’ to erect flood defences, according to Dave Throup from the EA.

More than 1,000 EA staff have worked on flood defences every day using pumps, clearing debris and repairing damaged defences as well as erecting 3.7 miles of barriers.   

Engineers were yesterday seen carrying replacement metal panels in Ironbridge, Shropshire, to make repairs to the buckled flood defences. 

Residents in the area had refused to leave their homes amid fears over looting as they praised the community for ‘looking out for each other’ amid warnings over a further ten days of misery. 

England has received more than 200 per cent of its average February rainfall with some areas experiencing a month’s worth of rain in just 24 hours.

Storm Jorge is the fifth storm to hit the UK since December 6 last year and the third in February.  

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