Met Office forecast predicts when Storm Babet will hit Newcastle as Environment Agency issue statement

The second named storm of the season is expected to cause havoc across the North East this weekend.
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At the start of the week the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for rain which covered the east coast of England - the impacted area is expected to include the majority of the North East.

Newcastle, North Tyneside and South Tyneside are all covered by the weather warning which has been adjusted throughout the week.

When will Storm Babet hit the North East?

Storm Babet has already hit parts of the UK with rain expected to begin around midday on Thursday, October 19.

At the time of writing, yellow weather weather warnings are in place for Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21.

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The Met Office is predicting non stop rain from midday on Thursday into the early hours of Sunday, October 22.

In addition to the rain warnings, a yellow weather warning for wind is also on place over Friday and Saturday.

What advice does the Met Office give for yellow weather warnings?

The weather warnings for this weekend have seen advice issued by the Met Office.

Regarding the rain warning, the weather service claims fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible while water may cause damage to some buildings.

Public transport may also be impacted according to the group with delays or cancellations possible while spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions.

Large waves in coastal areas may impact day to day activities due to the heavy winds which are expected over the two days while the Met Office also says delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges are likely due to the gusts.

The Environment Agency has also had its say on the storm, with Ben Lukey, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency saying:

“Persistent and heavy rain brought by a combination of Storm Babet and following weather systems means significant inland flooding is likely across parts of the North East and Yorkshire from Thursday through to Saturday, while, at the same time, flooding is also possible across other parts of the North, East Anglia and the South East.

“Environment Agency teams will be out on the ground, undertaking preparatory operational activity to minimise the impacts of flooding where possible. We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and urge people not to drive through flood water as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car. 

“People should check their flood risk, sign up for free flood warnings and keep up to date with the latest situation on the Government website and follow @EnvAgency on X, formerly known as Twitter, for the latest flood updates.”