City council crews on standby ahead of Storm Dennis

Ross Houston
February 14, 2020

Storm Dennis "is likely to bring very heavy rain, flooding and disruption" to several areas of the United Kingdom over the weekend, the Met Office said.

AA Patrol of the Year Ben Sheridan said: "The forecast looks bleak across the United Kingdom with warnings for wind and heavy rain which will significantly reduce visibility on the roads".

The warning is valid from 6am on Saturday until 9pm that evening.

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

"At the moment we're looking at heavy rain on Saturday for all parts. There will be widespread showers through the night", according to Met Éireann.

"Spells of heavy, locally thundery rain, on Saturday will lead to some flooding", states the national warning which was issued this Friday morning.

Much of the country is set to be buffeted by gusts of around 50mph, although coastal regions may experience heavier winds.

Power cuts and loss of other services to homes and businesses is likely during these stormy weather conditions.

Across Europe, the cost of the destruction caused by last week's storm - which was named Sabine in Germany - is expected to be between €1.1bn and €1.8bn (£910m to £1.5bn).

Spokeswoman Rachel Hickman said if the weather allowed then the Castle Hill attraction would open as normal.

NFU mutual has received 87 insurance claims for damage caused by Storm Ciara in Suffolk and North Essex so far and expects to receive more in the next few days with fears rising of more strong winds this weekend.

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