UK faces storm battering for second weekend in a row

Katie Ramirez
February 15, 2020

Warm air being pushed up along the U.S. east coast meeting very cold air over Eastern Canada is the driving force for this powerful jet, with winds up to 225knots (~416kph) at its core, now aiding the rapid development of Storm Dennis.

Organisers stated on Facebook the "potential impact of Storm Dennis during Saturday and into Sunday is too great a risk for us to take".

In West Yorkshire, Calderdale council said all its teams were working hard ahead of the next storm, and six community "flood hubs" set up this week will remain open.

A yellow rain and wind warning is in place for the entire country until tonight.

Highways England had warned motorists - and those travelling to and from Portman Road this afternoon - that the bridge was due to close at 3pm.

A Status Yellow Wind warning is also in place for Limerick.

Several flights have been delayed and customers are advised to check with their airlines before going to the airport.

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The latest band of bad weather comes following Storm Ciara last week, which caused flooding and power outages across the UK.

They state that southwest winds with mean speeds of 60 to 80 km/h with severe gusts of up to 120km/h, strongest on exposed hills and coasts, are to be expected.

EasyJet has confirmed the cancellation of 234 flights to, from and within the United Kingdom, while British Airways said it was making a "small number" of cancellations, merging some short-haul flights that are travelling to the same destination.

Network Rail is also advising passengers to expect delays and cancellations to services due to flooding, and to allow more time for their journeys.

"So I have already challenged the government last week after Storm Ciara about their failure to address those areas which flood and I will continue to place that challenge".

An amber warning for rain has been issued for the entire South West of the country over the weekend but West Norfolk is now not included as part of that.

A Status Orange wind warning for Wexford and Waterford. Valid: 8pm Saturday to 10pm Sunday.

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