Power cut warning for Britain as south east and London brace for

Frank Saunders, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “The heavy rain is likely to reach southeast England and parts of East Anglia later today and then spread north and west overnight, reaching much of eastern, central and southern England by Monday morning and then expected to last much of the day.“Many areas will see between 25 and 40 mm of rainfall with isolated pockets perhaps seeing as much as 50 to 70mm [which is well in excess of the whole month’s average].”This could increase the risk of flooding and hazardous driving conditions. The heavy rain will be accompanied by strong to gale force northerly winds – the unusual direction could increase the likelihood of localised impacts from wind too, with some damage to trees for example and likely closure of some bridges. “Lastly it will be an unseasonably cold day – perhaps cold enough to produce some wet snow on high ground although this seems unlikely to settle.” Britain has been issued a power cut warning as the London and the south east is set to be hit by a barrage of torrential rain, gales, closed roads and flooding.The Met Office warned temperatures will drop to 4C on Monday, but  a wind chill in the air will leave it feeling as cold as -1C, and there is also the possibility of snow appearing in high areas.Meteorologists are predicting gale-force winds and around two-and-a-half inches of rain starting Sunday night and could lead to major travel disruptions across the south and east of England.Severe flooding and sudden power cuts could strike Monday, with a yellow weather warning in place from midnight through to Tuesday.Several flood warnings and alerts have been issued Sunday, with heavy rain and strong winds expected in many southeastern areas of England, London and the South East on Monday.The East Midlands, East Anglia and Yorkshire and Humber are also expected to be affected.Flooding and spray on roads is likely to lead to hazardous driving conditions and even some road closures, as well as delays or cancellations to train and bus services, the Met Office say.Homes and businesses also could be flooded, causing damage to buildings, along with power cuts and transport services hit. Trees and other structures could also be damaged, leaving roads and bridges closed, experts warn.Officials at the Environment Agency warned residents to be “prepared” for the possibility of flooding on the River Kennet and the Lower Avon in Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire.After temperatures hit 26C earlier this month, next week is predicted to not rise above 5C in most of the country. The heatwave of last week will become a distant memory as the temperature plummetsCredit:Hugo Michiels/London News Pictures Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The heatwave of last week will become a distant memory as the temperature plummets read more

AllIreland final report ODonnells dream day fires Clare to victory

first_imgClare defenders unable to stop Nash (INPHO/James Crombie)The Rebels’ resurgence continued after the break and they managed five points to just one for Clare in the third quarter, a Pa Horgan free levelling the match at 3-10 to 1-16.That was as close as Jimmy Barry-Murphy came to a 31st All-Ireland title for the Rebels. Clare scored 2-6 to Cork’s 2-0 in a blistering finale that served as a perfect crescendo to the summer.Winter might be bleak but on a day like today, that hardly seems to matter.Points from O’Donnell, John Conlon and Colin Ryan steadied the ship for Clare but when Seamus Harnedy placed the ball in the corner just out of Kelly’s reach with a deft groundstroke, Cork were poised for one last chance.O’Donnell hoisted up in front of Hill 16 by his team-mates (INPHO/Donall Farmer)But a stunning solo effort from Conor McGrath, topped by points from Kelly and O’Donnell gave Clare a firm grasp on the title with five minutes to play.Late goals from Stephen Moylan and Clare sub Darach Honan made sure the drama kept up till James McGrath’s final whistle. It sounded the end of one of the great hurling summers, but Clare won’t mind.Scorers for Clare: Shane O’Donnell 3-3, Colin Ryan 0-7 (0-6f, 0-1 ’65), Conor McGrath 1-1, Darach Honan 1-0, Tony Kelly 0-3, John Conlon 0-2.Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 0-9 (0-7f), Seamus Harnedy 1-2, Stephen Moylan 1-1, Anthony Nash 1-0 (1-0f), Conor Lehane 0-2, Patrick Cronin, Lorcan McLoughlin 0-1 each. Clare 5-16 Cork 3-16IMPOSSIBLY, IT WAS a final that did justice to the vintage Championship that preceded it.After 72 classic minutes that can stand proudly alongside the best in memory, living or otherwise, Clare are the 2013 All-Ireland Champions.In a final with more twists and turns than a game of snakes and ladders, it was fitting that the man who stole the show wasn’t even on the team-sheet this morning.Shane O’Donnell was a late inclusion at full-forward for Clare. By the 19th minute, the 19-year-old from Eire Óg had scored a hat-trick in front of 82,276 in Croke Park; by the final whistle, he had 3-3 and an All-Ireland medal.O’Donnell’s third put Clare 3-6 to 1-6 up in a battle which very quickly lived up to the thrilling memory of the drawn game three weeks ago.There was just five minutes on the clock when captain Pat Donnellan, lining out in midfield, burst down the centre of the field and shipped off to O’Donnell who finished past Nash. Eight minutes later, Conor O’Sullivan’s slip was punished by Conor McGrath who laid the chance on a plate for his ravenous full-forward.O’Donnell celebrates his second goal with Podge Collins (INPHO / Donall Farmer)This was always a game that Cork keeper Anthony Nash was going to play a part in and, in remarkable fashion, he drew the Rebels back into the game on 16 minutes. Twelve Clare defenders, including keeper Pa Kelly, stood between Nash’s 21-yard free and the goal but with power and precision, he found a way.O’Donnell’s hat-trick goal pushed the gap back out. Clare were eight up before Cork closed the half with four unanswered points to leave it 3-9 to 1-11 at the break, a lot closer than Clare’s dominance deserved. Clare: Patrick Kelly; Domhnall O’Donovan, Cian Dillon, David McInerney; Conor Ryan, Brendan Bugler, Patrick O’Connor; Pat Donnellan (c), Colm Galvin; John Conlon, Tony Kelly, Colin Ryan; Podge Collins, Shane O’Donnell, Conor McGrath.Substitutes: Cathal McInerney for Galvin (52), Nicky O’Connell for Collins (60),Darach Honan for O’Donnell (67), Seadna Morey for Kelly (71). Referee: James McGrath (Westmeath)Snapshot: Anthony Nash beats 12 (!) Clare defenders for Cork’s opening goal Cork: Anthony Nash; Stephen McDonnell, Shane O’Neill, Conor O’Sullivan; Christopher Joyce, Brian Murphy, William Egan; Lorcan McLoughlin, Daniel Kearney; Seamus Harnedy, Cian McCarthy, Conor Lehane; Luke O’Farrell, Patrick Cronin, Patrick Horgan.Substitutes: Stephen White for Egan (22), Stephen Moylan for O’Farrell (half-time), Tom Kenny for Kearney (38), Cathal Naughton for McCarthy (54), Killian Murphy for McDonnell (70).last_img read more