Storm Dennis: Status orange wind warning issued for Waterford and Wexford

James Marshall
February 16, 2020

Winds will be strongest on exposed coasts and hills, while mean wind speeds will reach between 50kph and 65kph.

From 17:00 today until 10:00 tomorrow the line between Hebden Bridge and Rochdale will be closed.

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

Northern ticket holders will be accepted on TransPennine services from Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly/Victoria via Huddersfield at no extra cost.

Jane Scullion said residents are doing it tough and the community in West Yorkshire is "still very much battered" from Storm Ciara, which caused flooding in the region.

Meanwhile, the UK's Met Office has issued danger to life warnings for parts of the country as Storm Dennis approaches.

"A small number of flights have been cancelled to/from Dublin Airport today due to Storm Dennis", reads a statement from Dublin Airport social media account. More than 230 easyJet flights in and out of the United Kingdom on Saturday have been cancelled, while several sporting fixtures were also called off due to the weather.

That is the assessment of the Environment Agency which is warning that persistent intense rain will fall on ground already saturated.

Snow now lying on higher ground will be melted and will add to the threat.

Heavy rain and strong winds have struck the country, and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has deployed army personnel to assist people in West Yorkshire, which was badly hit by flooding during last weekend's Storm Ciara.

Over the course of the winter so far, 7% of 400 river gauges have set new records for water height. Winds will ease for a time inland, but gales will continue in coastal counties.

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.

The Met Office has issued eight weather warnings covering most of the United Kingdom this weekend.

An orange warning is in place in Waterford and Wexford until 8pm tonight.

The entire county is under a yellow warning until around 3pm tomorrow.

Despite the fresh weather warnings, one Labour MP representing a constituency in Yorkshire - which is braced for heavy rainfall and has experienced significant flooding in the past - admitted she was frustrated that there are not greater flood protections in place.

It is valid from 6am this Saturday morning to 9am this Saturday night.

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