Thursday, 02 April, 2020

Flights Canceled as Britain Braces for Storm Dennis

Signs above several businesses on Gilnahirk Road were blown down during Storm Dennis. Business owners inspect the damage Signs above several businesses on Gilnahirk Road were blown down during Storm Dennis. Business owners inspect the damage
Deanna Wagner | 16 February, 2020, 18:15

The storm slammed into Britain just one week after deadly Storm Ciara hit with high winds and heavy precipitation, prompting flooding fears.

An employee cleans a shop in Pontypridd after Storm Dennis hits the UK.

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.

Planes have been grounded for safety reasons, with British Airways and easyJet confirming cancellation of flights.

An easyJet spokesperson said: "We are doing everything possible to minimise the impact of the disruption for our customers and to arrange alternative travel".

Another 60 will not take off tomorrow - affecting a further 10,000 people - as the storm brings 70mph winds and 100mm of rainfall to some areas.

Meanwhile, people living near the railway are being urged to secure any loose items in their gardens, after several trampolines were blown on to tracks and overhead electric wires last weekend, blocking lines.

Low risk of major flooding along Cedar, Iowa rivers
The risk of flooding on individual basins will, of course, depend on spring precipitation as well as the rate of snowmelt. The National Weather Service will release two more spring flood outlooks on February 27 and March 12.

More than 230 easyJet flights in and out of the United Kingdom were cancelled by the airline yesterday. Sunshine and widespread heavy squally showers, especially in the north and west, with a risk of hail and thunder. Nevertheless, rivers were already full and the ground saturated before Dennis's arrival.

Mr Curtin said temporary flood defences were being deployed in many places but added it was too early to tell exactly where the most intense rain would fall.

Elsewhere, a red weather warning for "prolonged heavy rain" was issued for South Wales this morning meaning there is a danger to life.

Following a month's worth of rain in the last 48 hours, John Curtin, the executive director of flood and coastal risk management at the Environment Agency, said in a tweet that England has the most flood warnings and lower-level alerts in force - 594 - than on any other day on record.

A status yellow wind warning is in place for the country, with average wind speeds of 50 to 65km/h and gusts of 90 to 110km/h.

The Environment Agency has issued 17 flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected, and more than 180 flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible.

That particular warning came into effect at 3pm on Saturday and will be in place until 11pm this evening.