Storm Dennis roars across U.K. causing heavy rain, flooding

Elias Hubbard
February 17, 2020

The effects of Storm Dennis will continue today.

The weather is expected to strike all areas of Britain, including parts of northern England still recovering from Storm Ciara last weekend.

Storm Ciara's impact was heavily felt in West Yorkshire, where army personnel were deployed by the Ministry of Defence to assist people who have suffered damage from the storm and build flood defences in the streets.

A "life-threatening" alert was earlier issued in South Wales, where the Met Office issued a rare red warning due to heavy rainfall and flooding risk.

Mr Curtin tweeted: "Breaking: we now have the most flood warnings and alerts in force (594) in England than any other day on record".

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

Conservative MP Philip Davies told the Daily Telegraph on Monday that "precious little" had been done since the floods in 2015 to prevent his constituents in Shipley, West Yorkshre, being flooded again during the two most recent storms.

"What has been done to stop it happening again?"

Hurricane-force winds of up to 98 miles per hour and monster waves that could reach over 100 feet were roaring across the North Atlantic on Saturday, the U.S. National Weather Service's Ocean Prediction Center said.

A total of 156.2mm of rain fell at Crai Reservoir in Powys in the 48 hours from Friday to Sunday morning, it added.

A Met Office yellow warning for wind is in place, which means some disruption to travel is likely and there could be some short-term loss of power.

South Wales Police declared a "major incident" following multiple floods, landslides and evacuations.

Storm Dennis' death toll has reached the number of three on Sunday, after a man lost his life after falling into the River Tawe, in the town of Ystradgynlais in south Wales.

A person is rescued amid flooding in Nantgarw, Wales, on Sunday.

British Airways and easyJet confirmed they had grounded flights, with footage posted online showing a massive Airbus A380 jet being blown about as it attempted to land.

On Saturday, several parks across Northern Ireland were closed due to the adverse weather conditions, while some sporting fixtures were also called off.

Rescuers pulled out two bodies from rough seas off the coast of southern England on Saturday.

The RNLI, with the assistance of police and a Royal Navy vessel, had scoured the sea near Margate starting before dawn after a distress call reporting a man overboard.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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