Storm Dennis Becomes A Menace Over The Weekend - Bringing Flooding & Gales

Tanya Simon
February 14, 2020

Scotland is bracing itself for a grim weekend of weather as Storm Dennis blows in after temperatures plunged to their lowest so far this winter.

Some residents, who were also hit by the 2015 Boxing Day floods, said they could no longer afford insurance.

Met Éireann have issued a nationwide Status Yellow rain warning with Storm Dennis to wreak havoc this weekend.

Forecasters predict "very heavy rain" will strike areas around the Brecon Beacons in South Wales, the Yorkshire Dales and Dartmoor in Devon from 3pm on Saturday to 3pm on Sunday.

"Because the rain came though so strongly and the river rose so quickly, we physically wouldn't have had time to put the barriers up".

An amber warning for rain is also in place for parts of southern England from on Sunday from 00:15 GMT until 18:00.

However, the Met Office said that Storm Dennis is not expected to be as severe as Storm Ciara.

The Met Office's website has the latest weather warning updates.

Storm Dennis to bring fresh risk of flooding this weekend

He said: "With the forecast for heavy rain and strong winds again this weekend, we have extra equipment to deal with flooding, tree crews and emergency gangs ready to keep Hampshire's roads clear of surface water and fallen trees".

Storm Dennis is due to break over the United Kingdom this weekend.

Higher locations could have rainfall levels of 50mm to 80mm over the course of the weekend, potentially rising to 140mm in some parts, Mr Box said.

Two existing yellow warnings for wind and rain are still in place.

Cllr Humby added: "The forecast is for heavy rain this coming Saturday".

The Environmental Agency says rain totals could be around 20mm to 40mm.

This includes the Foss Barrier in York, the Thames Barrier in London and another in Bewdley, Worcestershire, on the River Severn. "Just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your vehicle - it's not worth the risk".

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