December 20 2014 Latest news:
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Heavy rain is continuing to cause problems in our region with the risk of localised flooding.
But forecasters are predicting that tomorrow will be better with sunny spells.
However, there will be rain tomorrow night, which could become heavy and persistent for a time.
The outlook for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the Eastern region is for bright or sunny spells but with scattered showers; some of which will be heavy.
Christmas Day will remain unsettled with variable cloud and scattered blustery showers. It will be a colder day everywhere with temperatures returning to average.
Nationwide, rail passengers were told today to avoid parts of south-west England and South Wales after heavy rain caused widespread flooding.
And motorists and shoppers faced difficult conditions on one of the busiest weekends of the year for travel and shopping.
Three severe flood warnings - which means there is a danger to life - were issued in Devon and Cornwall.
The town of Braunton in north Devon has been effectively cut off, with homes and shops under water, after the River Caen burst its banks.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Exceptional weather conditions are having a serious impact on the transport network at what is already a difficult time of year.
“The Highways Agency and Network Rail have emergency staff working round the clock to keep motorways and rail tracks open where it is safe to do so while train operators are working hard to keep services running.
“We urge people travelling through the most affected areas to plan ahead and check the latest travel information. We will continue to ensure everything possible is being done to help people get to where they need to be for Christmas.”