Via The Guardian: Flood alerts across England and Wales as south-west braces for 80mph storm. Excerpt:
Large areas of England and Wales are on flood and storm alert as a new storm is poised to hit the south and south-west with winds of up to 80mph.
The flooded Somerset Levels where many residents have already been forced from their homes after weeks of heavy rain remain at the highest risk of continued flooding on Saturday.
The Environment Agency said there was a risk of flooding along the coast of Devon and Dorset from the combination of high tides and high winds.
There are more than 300 low-level flood alerts and nearly 200 medium-risk flood warnings in place across Wales and southern and central England as far north as Hull.
The Met Office issued an amber warning of high winds for the south of England and Wales and yellow rain warnings for the south and west of England and Wales.
"After a short lull, winds will increase from the south-west during the course of Saturday with severe gales affecting coastal districts, bringing gusts of 60-70mph and isolated 80mph at the most exposed locations within the amber warning area. Large waves are also expected to affect south-west facing coasts. Further inland, gusts of 50-60 mph are likely."
The Met Office warned the public to be prepared for disruption to transport and power supplies, particularly when combined with the effect of heavy rain.
The river Thames in the Chertsey area of Surrey had burst its banks and homeowners were warned to expect flooding.
An Environment Agency spokeswoman said: "The water has come out of the bank at Chertsey. We haven't had any reports of flooding so far but that's very likely to happen."