Man dies as Storm Dennis slams United Kingdom, power cuts hit France

Elias Hubbard
February 17, 2020

Relief from Storm Dennis is still some distance away, the Met Office's Mr Dewhurst said, adding that "heavy rain and strong winds" would continue across large parts of the United Kingdom on Sunday.

Major incident declarations were made in a number of areas in England and Wales while a man in his 60s died after falling into the River Tawe in South Wales on Sunday.

The storm also battered much of France, with some 60,000 people suffering power cuts in the northwest of the country.

Dennis has been so intense that England posted a record number of flood warnings and alerts and a rare "red warning" for extreme life-threatening flooding was announced for South Wales.

"A male has fallen into the river ... at approximately 10 a.m. local time (1000 UTC) this morning and has sadly been found deceased further along the river in the Tebanos area", Dyfed Powys Police said in a tweet.

A record 594 flood warnings and alerts were raised, extending from Scotland's River Tweed to Cornwall in southwest England.

The Met Office said that winds of more than 80mph were recorded across parts of the country, with the highest measuring 91mph in Aberdaron in north Wales on Saturday.

"South Wales will see a lot of rain fall before Dennis moves north later to Scotland and Northern Ireland".

Authorities in Herefordshire, Shropshire and South Wales have declared "major incidents" and have set up emergency centres to help people who have to leave their homes.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said its teams had been working around the clock to evacuate people overnight.

Last week, Storm Ciara caused disruption to transport when it hit the United Kingdom.

"Our armed forces are always ready to support local authorities and communities whenever they need it", Britain's Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said.

Flights have been grounded for safety reasons, with British Airways and easyJet confirming cancellations.

Rescuers pulled two bodies from rough seas off southern England and soldiers helped build flood barriers on Saturday.

One of the men is assumed to have been the subject of a search triggered when an LPG tanker reported that one of its crew was unaccounted for.

More than 230 easyJet flights in and out of the United Kingdom on Saturday were cancelled, while several sporting fixtures were also called off due to the weather.

Electricity provider Enedis said it had deployed 450 staff in an attempt to bring power back to homes affected.

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