DRAMATIC weather is to continue with storm Jorge set to bring heavy rain and strong winds from today (Friday).

Several yellow weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office for strong winds and rain over the weekend.

Heavy rainfall is expected from the early hours of this morning until Saturday morning.

Flooding along parts of the River Severn, which has reached close to its highest levels in some areas, is likely until at least Sunday, the Environment Agency said.

Currently Worcester bridge is open with a two-way contraflow, after it was closed this week.

Carrington bridge is also open to motorists and pedestrians as well as Holt Fleet. However Sabrina footbridge and Diglis Bridge remain closed.

Police have said there’s another 10 days of difficult weather conditions to come.

A peak level at Diglis in Worcester of 5.09m occurred yesterday morning. A peak at Barbourne of between 5.75m and 5.85m was also reached yesterday morning.

Deputy chief constable, Julian Moss, said: “Today (Wednesday 26 February) we have been responding to dynamic emergency situations on the River Severn in Shropshire and Worcestershire. The river levels in both areas and further downstream are very high.

“We would like to reassure everyone that the emergency multi-agency flood response is currently on-going within the villages and towns across Worcestershire and Shropshire and will remain in place for some time to come.

“We also want to reassure people that whilst we are responding to dynamic and evolving situations in particular places, we recognise that there are many places that are still flooded and have been for some time. There are still teams on the ground in those places.”

Mr Moss added: “The multi-agency response is set to continue for the next ten days as the flood waters are set to recede quite slowly and are likely to be topped up again with additional rain over the weekend and at the end of next week. We would therefore ask people to take this into consideration when making accommodation arrangements for themselves and any pets or livestock.”

“We encourage everyone to heed the flood advice and remain vigilant around flood water.”