Storm Dennis: Britain Battered by ‘Hurricane-force Winds’, ‘Life-threatening Floods’

Clay Curtis
February 16, 2020

Hundreds of flights were cancelled due to the high winds while train services were repeatedly disrupted by flooding, affecting tens of thousands of passengers as British families leave for the mid-winter school break.

A spokesman for British Airways said they are "merging a small number of Heathrow short-haul flights to the same destination and using larger aircraft where possible to minimise disruption", while a spokeswoman for easyJet confirmed 234 cancellations.

"Storm Dennis will bring another very unsettled spell of weather this weekend with a risk of flooding, particularly in parts of England and Wales and also southern Scotland, where snow-melt will add to the flood risk", Steve Willington, chief meteorologist for the Met Office, said in a statement.

Huge waves crash against the sea wall at Porthcawl, south Wales as Storm Dennis hits the country on February 15, 2020.

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Flights have been grounded for safety reasons. Authorities urging people to take all possible precautions.

At least 800 homes in the north of England and many other areas are at risk of being flooded over the weekend as Storm Dennis unleashes heavy rainfall.

The Met Office have issued rain wind and flooding warnings for the arrival of Storm Dennis
The Met Office have issued rain wind and flooding warnings for the arrival of Storm Dennis

Flood warnings could remain in place for a while since much of Britain is still saturated from last week's Storm Ciara, which left eight people dead across Europe.

Over the course of the winter so far, 7% of 400 river gauges have set new records for water height.

He said he was most concerned about Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria but parts of Wales, south-west England, the Midlands and south-east England could also be at risk.

A total of 375 flood warnings were in place Sunday across the United Kingdom, from the north of Scotland through to Cornwall in southwest England.

The Met Office, Britain's meteorological service, only issues its highest warning when it thinks the weather will be so bad there's a "danger to life".

There is also a yellow "be prepared" warning for strong winds that covers all of Wales and runs until 12 p.m. local time, but will continue until noon local time Monday for Anglesey, Ceredigion, Conwy, Gwynedd and Powys.

That particular warning came into effect at 3pm on Saturday and will be in place until 11pm this evening.

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