Rain and wind set to batter Cambs as Met Office issues two weather warnings
The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for rain and wind across Cambridgeshire over the coming days. A 28-hour warning for rain is in place between 5pm on Monday (New Year's Day) and 9pm on Tuesday (January 2).
The rain warning said: "Heavy rain falling on saturated ground is likely to cause some travel disruption." The wind warning also said travel disruption is likely.
Heavy spells of rain are forecast for Monday evening and overnight, with more set to spread across the UK on Tuesday. During the warning period, 15mm to 30mm of rain is likely to fall across the affected area, with some places seeing between 35mm and 50mm.
The Met Office said flooding of some homes and businesses is possible, while spray and flooding on roads could make journey times longer. It added: "Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer."
As a result of strong winds, delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely and damage to trees is possible. Some short-term loss of power and other services is possible while there may be delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges.
The wind warning said: "Inland gusts of 40 to 50 mph are likely but with a smaller chance of 55 to 60 mph gusts, although the extent of such gusts carries low confidence at present." Winds are forecast to ease throughout the afternoon and into the early evening.
Advice from the Met Office said people should check if their properties are at risk of flooding. They should also amend travel plans if necessary. Flood alerts have also been issued by the Environment Agency across Cambridgeshire. River levels are expected to continue to rise as a result of heavy rainfall.