Storm Dennis: Weather warnings in place as gusts of 120km/h expected

Marco Green
February 17, 2020

Severe weather warnings for wind have also put in place by the Met Office this morning, covering all of Scotland, the south-west coast of England and coastal areas in Wales.

One man died after falling into the River Tawe in south Wales.

"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.

Two bodies were pulled from rough seas on Saturday, before the worst of the storm hit.

Storm Dennis has caused major flooding over the weekend, with warning of further flooding over the next few days.

High-wind warnings have been issued for Scotland on Monday, with gusts reaching 148 kilometres per hour over the weekend, according to Britain's Meteorological Office.

Gwent Police said residents in the village of Skenfrith in Monmouthshire, south-east Wales, were advised to evacuate due to severe flooding.

Hundreds of flood warnings are in place in Britain, with several railway lines also affected by flooding. South Wales Police had to contend with landslides and floods, including some that trapped residents in their homes, BBC News reported.

Major incidents were declared by emergency services in south Wales and parts of England, with the Environment Agency saying it had issued a record number of flood warnings.

The Met Office has issued amber alerts, meaning people must be prepared to change plans and protect themselves and their family from the storm, for parts of Yorkshire, Wales, Devon, East Sussex and Kent. It was the first time a red warning has been sounded since December 2015.

"The forecast is for very significant levels of rain, especially in the eastern valleys of South Wales", said Jeremy Parr, from Natural Resources Wales.

In the Black Country, flood warnings were in place for the River Tame at Bescot, near the M6 in Walsall, the River Stour in Stourbridge and Kinver, Smestow Brook at Hinksford.

Storm Dennis, one of the deepest low-pressure centres to have formed in recent years, has brought severe weather to Iceland and many western and central parts of the UK.

Northern European countries are also expecting heavy winds.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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