A Manc’s Guide to Weather Warnings after Met Office ‘danger to life’ announcement

Maria Page

Parts of Greater Manchester were battered by rain storms yesterday - hardly breaking news in itself, but they were extreme enough to create widespread flooding and for the Met Office to issue a warning of a 'danger to life'.

As of Friday morning, flood warnings were still in place in pockets across Greater Manchester, including Rochdale town centre, Littleborough, Sale Water Park, Didsbury and Withington.  A yellow warning has been issued for the North West from Friday to Saturday afternoon.

The train line between Manchester Victoria and Leeds is also all messed up thanks to flooding.

Ben Sutherland

A Manc's Guide to Weather Warning

With the rainy season now well and truly on us, here is a helpful little guide to the different weather warnings that we are going to get used to seeing in our rainy little Northern bubble.

Yellow Warning - "Alright lad, it's just Manchester, keep yer knickers on"

Yellow warnings are the equivalent of your mam reminding you to "stick a coat on as it's chucking it down again". They are issued when it is likely that the weather will cause some low level impacts such as a bit of travel disruption in a few places. Life goes on as normal, well, for some, but you'll probably get wet feet – especially if you don't wear socks like half the country now. Sometimes yellow warnings are put in place when the weather may have more severe impacts to lots of people, but the chances are slim, so if you are worrying about it, you should get a grip.

Amber Warning - "alright, sh*t is getting real"

When an amber warning is in place there is a high chance that your best laid plans are going to go tits up thanks to the likelihood of travel delays, road and rail closures and power cuts. Oh and there is the not so small matter of a potential risk to life and property, so check in on your nan.

Red Warning - "Fergie's plugged the hair dryer in and Becks is cowering in the corner"

This is about as serious as it gets, dangerous weather is on its way and putting your feet up with a brew is sadly not sufficient action for getting prepared for it. Once we're at this stage, the chance of there being a risk to life is scarily high and you can expect HUGE disruption to travel, energy supplies and possibly carnage when it comes to property and infrastructure damage. Any travel should be restricted to bare essentials and now is not the time to think you are smarter than the emergency services, so if they say jump, you ask how high.

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