Flood alerts for county as Storm Dennis bears down on Britain

Ross Houston
February 14, 2020

The UK is bracing itself for more disruption this weekend, with forecasters warning of another storm for the second weekend running.

It will continue to push rain-bearing weather fronts and strong winds across the UK. Strong winds of 70-80km/h are expected, with heavy rainfall (10-15 litres per square metre).

"It's stressful, it puts a strain on your relationship, your family, everybody".

HIGHWAYS teams will be on standby round the clock to deal with disruption caused by Storm Dennis which is forecast to lash the New Forest and Christchurch this weekend.

Naturally, delays and cancellations on public transport are also to be expected over the weekend.

There is a risk of communities being cut off by flooded roads and power cuts in affected areas.

The weather warning is in place across the country from 6am until 9pm on Saturday.

Three large yellow warnings for strong winds and heavy rain also cover all of England, Wales and southern Scotland from between 9am and midday on Saturday.

The authority has taken the decision to close the bridge on Saturday afternoon, with winds from Storm Dennis set to top its 50mph safety limit for crosswinds.

As of 11:30 am on 14 February there are 12 flood warnings, meaning that flooding is expected, and 98 flood alerts, meaning that flooding is possible, in place across the country.

The Environmental Agency says rain totals could be around 20mm to 40mm. It said preparations were under way to operate flood defences, including the Foss Barrier in York. It is important for people to be aware of their flood risk and stay safe by signing up for flood warnings, making a flood plan and remembering not to drive or walk through flood water - it's not worth the risk.

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