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Storm “Abigail” and remnants of Ex-hurricane “Kate” flood parts of UK and Ireland

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Storm "Abigail" and remnants of Ex-hurricane "Kate" have brought heavy rainfall to parts of UK and Ireland during November 14 and 15, 2015. Overflowing rivers flooded parts of England, Wales and Ireland. Luckily, no victims have been reported.

Atlantic depression, rich in tropical moisture, that developed from Ex-hurricane Kate has combined with Storm "Abigail" to bring abundant rainfall to parts of UK and Ireland during the weekend starting on November 14.

The Environment Agency of UK put flood defense actions into effect over the weekend of November 14 and 15, as severe flood warnings were issued for Kendal and Egremont in Cumbria, northern England.

Pumps were employed in Carlisle and flood barriers installed in numerous places, including Ribchester, Lancashire and Frankwell in Shrewsbury. About 19 000 properties were protected by the agency's swift action.

Heavy downpours have caused road and rail traffic disruptions across Cumbira, however, river levels weren't high enough to penetrate bank defenses across Kendal and Egremont.

In Yorkshire, the River Wharfe caused minor flood in Ilkley, Otley and Pool, following the agency's statement:

"The Flood Warning for the River Wharfe at Tadcaster remains in force due to river levels responding to recent heavy rainfall. Levels in the upper reaches of the River Wharfe have peaked and are now falling. Levels remain high on the lower River Wharfe. The current level at Tadcaster is 3.4 m (11.2 feet) and is expected to peak shortly. Our Incident Response teams are on 24 hour duty. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this message accordingly."

Flood in Northern Ireland, November 16, 2015. Image credit: David O'Reilly via Facebook

Flooding and traffic disruptions have also been reported in counties Tyrone and Derry in Northern Ireland and in parts of central and northern Wales. Counties Sligo and Donegal in Ireland reported flooding and severe weather conditions, and flooding conditions have been reported all the way to Cork in south Ireland.

Rising water levels resulting from heavy rainfall, Northern Ireland, November 16, 2015. Image credit: David O'Reilly via Facebook

Rising river levels resulting from heavy rainfall in Northern Ireland, November 16, 2015. Image credit: David O'Reilly via Facebook

According to the Environment Agency, further heavy rainfall is expected during November 16, and river levels will remain high. 29 active Flood Warnings and 52 Flood Alerts are currently in effect across portions of England and Wales.

Featured image: Rising river levels resulting from heavy rainfall in Northern Ireland, November 16, 2015. Image credit: David O'Reilly via Facebook

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