Military deploys to provide flood relief during Storm Dennis

Katie Ramirez
February 16, 2020

In terms of the overall conditions, Storm Dennis is set to bring very wet and windy weather on Saturday with some severe and damaging gusts expected.

The Ocean Prediction Center reportedly said that as the storm strengthens into Sunday, the region can expect to see winds up to 98 miles per hour and waves with possible heights of more than 100 feet.

With the country hit by horrendous weather for the second weekend in a row, the military is being sent to Calderdale, West Yorkshire, on Saturday to support the recovery and bolster preparations for the latest storm.

The met office has issued yellow warnings for wind and rain from 10am today until 9pm tomorrow (Sunday).

The warning is in place until 8pm on Saturday, February 15.

The latest band of bad weather comes following Storm Ciara last week, which caused flooding and power outages across the UK. Experts have warned that conditions amount to a "perfect storm", with hundreds of homes at risk of flooding.

It issued multiple national severe weather warnings, including amber alerts for downpours in England and Wales.

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Flooding may be more severe than from the recent Storm Ciara since water has not yet had time to drain away, leaving the ground saturated, while in southern Scotland snow-melt will add to the flood risk, the Met Office said. Winds will also be strong, and could reach up to 113 km/h along the coastlines.

Wales, parts of northern Devon and the south to southeast coast will see the most fierce winds - while we can expect up to 60mph wind gusts to hit mainland England and Scotland.

And the Royal Navy has been called in top assist the RNLI after a man went overboard off the coast of Kent.

Forecasters said there could be delays for drivers, rail and plane passengers, while some roads and bridges could close.

Travel disruptions are also expected to increase.

While travel and traffic disruption is expected, with Gatwick and Heathrow airport seeing flights cancelled while roads may be closed throughout the weekend. It follows lines being blocked last weekend after trampolines were blown on to tracks, as well as falling overhead electrical wires.

British Airways said: "The majority of our flights are planned to operate as planned, but, like all airlines flying to and from the United Kingdom today, we are experiencing some disruption due to the stormy weather conditions". The rapid response of the Army today will help with provision of flood relief to local communities in West Yorkshire.

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