Wednesday, 19 February, 2020

Storm Dennis brings risk of floods this weekend

Met Éireann issues weather advisory for Limerick as Storm Dennis approaches Met Éireann has issued a weather advisory for the weekend
Sandy Nunez | 15 February, 2020, 08:35

On Sunday, the yellow weather warning continues and rain hangs over much of the North West, Wales, the South West, London and the South East.

Before that, we have a new status yellow rainfall warning to contend with.

It said it was making "all necessary preparations" for the forecast conditions.

Storm Dennis is unlikely to be as serious and disruptive as last weekend's Storm Ciara.

Meteorologist Matthew Box said: "The winds will be a touch down on what we saw with Ciara but the focus is on a bit more rain".

Southern railway said high winds have the potential to damage overhead lines and tracks, for example through debris or lineside trees falling on to the railway.

John Curtin, the Environment Agency's executive director of flood and coastal risk management, said Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire were the areas he was most "concerned" about.

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Media captionBBC Weather's Tomasz Schafernaker looks at the areas most likely to see severe impacts from Storm Dennis.

The country is bracing itself for Storm Dennis.

Network Rail is also advising passengers to expect delays and cancellations to services due to flooding, and to allow more time for their journeys.

"Our priority will be to try to keep the main roads safe and open as far as possible for emergency access, and provided that need is met our resources will be used wherever else they can be to help affected communities".

As of 2.30pm there were 12 flood warnings, meaning that flooding is "expected", and 97 flood alerts, meaning that flooding is possible, in place across the country.

The Met Office has stated travel disruption is likely across parts of England this weekend as Storm Dennis is expected to bring gusts in excess of 50mph.