Met Office warning as storm Dennis approaches

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Met Office warning as storm Dennis approaches

Postby Community Editor » Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:44 am

The Met Office issued a stark warning for UK residents yesterday, ahead of the arrival of Storm Dennis.

The weather system developed across the North Atlantic and is tracking East, expected to make landfall in Ireland and the UK over the coming days.

It's arrival comes just days after Storm Ciara battered UK shores, leaving at least two people dead and causing widespread damage.

The Met Office said Storm Dennis would likely not be as severe as Storm Ciara but offered a serious warning to residents about its likely impact.

Steve Ramsdale, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office said:

"Another spell of very wet and windy ​weather is expected for Saturday, although Storm Dennis is currently not expected to be as severe as Ciara disruption is still likely.

"Our confidence in the forecast means we have been able to issue severe weather warnings well in advance, giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm.

"With further warnings possible over the next few days people should keep up to date with the Met Office forecast using our website, app or by following us on social media."

The outlook for the rest of the week ahead of the storm's predicted landfall looks unsettled.

Amber weather warnings for snow, wind and rain are already in place for the coming days in parts of Northern England and Scotland.

A Yellow warning for large swathes of the South is currently in place for the weekend.

A spokesperson for the Met Office offered further details of what Storm Dennis will look like in reality, using terms familiar to the organization's descriptions of Storm Ciara:

"Over the weekend wind gusts will widely reach in excess of 50mph, even across some inland areas, with gusts of over 60mph possible over hills, coastal areas and exposed locations," they said.

"While these winds have the potential to bring impacts they are not as strong as the gusts we saw last weekend with Storm Ciara when a gust of 97mph was recorded on the Isle of Wight.

"Heavy rain is also expected with the storm and with already saturated ground there is a risk of further flooding.

"Storm Dennis is expected to bring a range of impacts, including delays and cancellations to transport services, damage to power supplies and large coastal waves.
 
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