United Kingdom faces storm battering for second weekend in a row

Pablo Tucker
February 16, 2020

This is the hilarious moment a group of tourists on a pedal bus fearless Storm Dennis as they are lashed by wind and rain.

Storm Ciara battered the United Kingdom and northern Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains Sunday, halting flights and trains and producing heaving seas that closed down ports.

According to the Met Eireann website, the storm will bring with it "Southwest winds with mean speeds of 60 to 80 km/h with severe gusts of up to 120km/h, strongest on exposed hills and coasts, with a risk of coastal flooding".

Meanwhile, LNER has tweeted about issues in London Kings Cross which is affecting services in and out of the city.

A spokeswoman for easyJet, which has confirmed 234 cancellations, said: "Due to forecasted adverse weather conditions caused by Storm Dennis, easyJet, like other airlines, is now seeing disruption to its flight programme for Saturday February 15th".

The agency warned travellers there are numerous areas of flooding and fallen trees across the A38.

The weather is set to become increasingly worse through today and into tomorrow thanks to the Storm Dennis weather system that is covering both Devon and Cornwall.

Robert Morrison, director of operations for CalMac, said the weather will impact the company's ability to deliver services to island communities and the public should be prepared for possible cancellations and delays across all routes.

On Saturday, around 75 British army personnel and 70 reservists were helping out stretched communities in the flood-hit Calder Valley region in West Yorkshire, constructing barriers and repairing damaged flood defences.

At least 800 homes in the north of England and many other areas are at risk of being flooded over the weekend as Storm Dennis unleashes heavy rainfall.

The warnings come into force at 10am today (Saturday) and run until 9pm on Sunday evening.

The forecaster said: "Further spells of heavy rain tonight with some thundery downpours likely and further flooding".

An amber warning is also in place for most of southern England from 00:15 until 18:00 on Sunday.

Met Éireann has extended its status orange wind warning with 11 counties now on alert this weekend.

A yellow warning for wind covers the whole of Scotland from noon on Sunday until Monday lunchtime.

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