Disruption as Storm Dennis hits Northern Ireland

James Marshall
February 16, 2020

Widespread disruption has been predicted this weekend as Scotland is hit by a second storm in under a week.

Winds are picking up in the Grantham area this morning (Saturday) as Storm Dennis has arrived.

The forecaster issued a weather advisory for the country, warning that the storm will bring wet and very windy weather this weekend and into Monday, with a risk of flooding and damaging gusts.

A status yellow wind warning is also in place nationwide today until 8pm. Hundreds of flights were cancelled.

They were spotted this afternoon enjoying their beverages as the 1,200-mile wide "Dennis the Menace" storm brought winds of up to 60mph and 100mm of rain in some areas. The travel chaos affected tens of thousands of passengers on what would typically be a busy travel day for British families since most schools are closed next week for mid-winter break.

Police said there is a high risk of disruption to the transport network and potential for problems with flooding and power supplies.

She said the community needs immediate government assistance to deal with the flooding but also long term assistance to build flood defences faster in preparation for future weather events.

The storm was expected to deepen late Saturday and on Sunday, with all parts of the country potentially in the line of fire.

Storm Dennis has already led to the cancellation of much of Saturday's Love Light Norwich programme.

Storm Dennis has claimed its first two victims today as a man who fell overboard off the coast of Kent was found dead in the water, just hours after a teenage boy died after being washed up along the shore.

The Environment Agency stated floods are likely to be worse than those resulting from Storm Ciara due to rain falling on already saturated ground.

On Saturday, around 75 British army personnel and 70 reservists were helping out stretched communities in the flood-hit Calder Valley region in West Yorkshire, constructing barriers and repairing damaged flood defences.

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

Further yellow warnings for wind are in place for northern parts of the United Kingdom from midday on Sunday until midday on Monday - potentially bringing travel disruption to commuters.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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