Storm Dennis: Weather warnings in place for Devon for weekend

Tanya Simon
February 13, 2020

National Severe Weather Warnings for wind and rain have been issued for many parts of the United Kingdom this weekend.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said Storm Dennis, the fourth named storm of the 2019-20 season, would bring severe gales and heavy rain that will push east across the country.

Storm Dennis will bring very strong winds and potential for disruption to many parts of England and Wales on Saturday (15 February), including the North West.

The Met Office warning for Friday.

. But as the last leg of the weather system moves away from the United Kingdom, a new hazard will reach Britain's shores this weekend.

With high spring tides tomorrow morning of around 11.9m in Jersey and 9.7m in Guernsey, combined with winds gusting up to 65mph, there could be disruption on coast roads from 8.30am tomorrow (Thursday) morning.

The unsettled weather will continue into next week with Monday and Tuesday remaining wet and windy.

The dire forecast comes as insurer Aviva revealed it has seen a 285 per cent surge in calls and claims compared with last month in the wake of Storm Ciara.

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Predicted heavy rain could also run the risk of further flooding, with 43 warnings still in place in England, six in Scotland and one in Wales following recent heavy rainfall.

Firefighters at Boots in Norwich where a section of the roof had come off in Storm Ciara. Overland, the strongest winds from Storm Dennis will reach between 120 - 140 km/h, strongest in Atlantic Coastal fringes.

The Met Office says it expects to issue further warnings in the coming days.

Storm Dennis follows hot on the heels of Storm Ciara, which brought strong winds and snowfall.

Steve Ramsdale, chief meteorologist at the Met Office said: "Another spell of very wet and windy weather is expected for Saturday, although Storm Dennis is now not expected to be as severe as Ciara disruption is still likely".

But the Met Office did explain that Storm Dennis would "bring a range of impacts, including delays and cancellations to transport services, damage to power supplies and large coastal waves".

Currently, forecasts are showing wind gusts over the weekend passing 50mph (80kmph) quite widely.

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