Storm Barbara - United Kingdom


A storm is a violent disturbance of the atmosphere with strong winds and usually rain, thunder, lightning, or snow!

UK storm Barbara, Wednesday bulletin:

What we know

  • The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of heavy rain across most parts of southern England between
  • Heavy rain will move to the north of the country during the morning
  • Yellow Weather warning in place for Reading and Bracknell
  • 22 flood alerts in place for Britain, including 12 in England, seven in Scotland and three in Wales 
  • Flood alerts have been issued in Loughborough Climping areas


What to expect

  • Flooding in some areas is possible
  • Public services will be likely affected by the storm


See UPDATES for last-minute news about Storm Barbara.

Update: 24/10/2020 at 16:00 GMT+2

  • Flood alerts are in place for Dundee and Angus area
  • SEPA: Perthshire set to be severely affected

Update: 22/10/2020 at 16:15 GMT+2

  • A flood alert was put in place for Findhorn, Nairn, Moray and Speyside - Scotland

Update: 22/10/2020 at 12:30 GMT+2

  • Serious flooding causes huge disruptions to travel across Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • Emergency services on the scene to rescue people stranded by overnight flooding in the northeast of Scotland
  • The Met Office issued a yellow warning from north of Dundee to Fraserburgh
  • Train cancellations hit Inverness-Aberdeen rail services

Storm - Safety Advice

How to prepare 

  • Postpone outdoor activities
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away and cause damage
  • Know your evacuation routes
  • Be aware of your location
  • Get Emergency supplies
  • Make a plan in case of disaster
  • Keep a list of emergency numbers handy
  • Make sure important documents are safe in waterproof containers
  • Be prepared for power outages
  • Charge your mobile phone to ensure you have a reception
  • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area

How to stay safe

  • Take safe shelter immediately inside a sturdy building, away from windows, doors and electrical appliances.
  • If there is no shelter around you, stay away from trees
  • Avoid metal
  • Stay out of water
  • Do not use your cell phone during a thunderstorm
  • Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater
  • Floodwater is toxic – never play or swim in floodwater
  • Avoid landline telephones and unplug all unnecessary electrical appliances, as telephone lines and metal pipes conduct electricity
  • Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress
  • Open internal doors only as needed, and close them behind you

After the storm

  • Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging
  • Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened
  • Avoid flooded areas
  • Check your home and property for damage.
  • Do not drive through affected areas unless it is necessary
  • Use the internet, radio and local media for news updates