STORM BELLA will batter the UK today – leaving thousands fearing for their safety as a ‘danger to life’ warning is issued.
Following a cold and calm Christmas Day, Bella will bring a weekend of rain to large parts of the UK.
Winds of up to 70mph are expected in exposed coastal locations and further downpours are also due, with the Met Office warning that 15-25mm is likely to fall in Wales and south-west England, and up to 40-60mm over some hills.
Parts of the country are already sodden after recent wet weather and flooding.
Residents in more than 1,300 properties along the River Great Ouse in Bedfordshire were advised to leave their homes as water levels rose on Christmas Day.
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