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Storm Dennis: Met Office issues warnings for more rain and wind
14 February 2020
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The UK is bracing itself for more disruption, with another storm forecast for the second weekend running.
Storm Dennis “is likely to bring very heavy rain, flooding and disruption to travel”, the Met Office says.
There are a mix of amber and yellow weather warnings for wind and rain across most of the country from Saturday afternoon and into Sunday.
It comes after Storm Ciara left hundreds of homes flooded and more than 500,000 without power.
The Met Office has issued amber warnings for rain in pockets of northern and South West England, and South Wales for 24 hours from 15:00 GMT on Saturday.
An amber warning is also in place for most of southern England from 00:15 until 18:00 on Sunday.
Flooding, power cuts and travel disruption are predicted in these areas.
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Yellow warnings for strong winds and heavy rain also cover all of England, Wales and southern Scotland between 0900 GMT and midday on Saturday.
Storm Dennis is expected to move east throughout the weekend.
Further yellow warnings for wind are in place for Scotland and Northern Ireland from midday on Sunday until midday on Monday – potentially bringing travel disruption to commuters.
The Environment Agency has urged people to check for flood warnings throughout the weekend.
It said preparations were under way to operate flood defences, flood storage reservoirs and to put up temporary barriers to protect communities.
This includes the Foss Barrier in York, the Thames Barrier in London and another in Bewdley, Worcestershire, on the River Severn.
Caroline Douglass, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Remember to never drive or walk through floodwater, just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car – it’s not worth the risk.”
The AA has urged drivers to take extra care when passing high-sided vehicles, cyclists and motorbikes.
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