Storm Dennis will bring powerful winds over the weekend and disruption to travel is likely across parts of England and Wales. The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for both rain and wind as the churning uproar could bring flooding, power cuts and “danger to life” conditions.
- Flooding is likely and could cause damage to some buildings
- Fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely, causing danger to life
- Delays and cancellations to train and bus services are likely as well as difficult driving conditions and some road closures
- A good chance some communities could be cut off by flooded roads
- Power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses likely
- Some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will likely be affected by spray and large waves
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11.53am update: Regions and local authorites under amber warnings for rain
The Met Office has updated the warning areas under an amber alert for rain this weekend.
Regions and local authorities affected are:
North West England
- Greater Manchester
South West England
- Blaenau Gwent
- Merthyr Tydfil
- Neath Port Talbot
- Rhondda Cynon Taf
Yorkshire and Humber
- North Yorkshire
- West Yorkshire
11.45am update: Amber warnings for rain updated
The Met Office has expanded the amber warning area for rain over northern England while the high ground of north Wales has also now been included.
The Met Office said: “Spells of heavy and prolonged rain are expected to affect parts of England and Wales over the weekend with a higher likelihood of impacts now expected in some areas.
“Around 20 to 40 mm of rain will fall widely with 50 to 80mm likely across parts of northern and southern England.
“Over the higher ground of Wales 100 to 120mm of rain is possible in a few locations.
“This rain is expected to fall across areas already wet from recent rainfall.”
11.21am update: Winds to be “strongest” on Saturday
The Met Office has said the strong winds associated with Storm Dennis are expected to be stronger on Saturday afternoon and evening.
The agency said: “Strong winds in association with Storm Dennis are expected on Saturday and Sunday across many parts of England and Wales.
“The strongest winds are likely to be on Saturday afternoon and evening, with a lull for a time overnight, before increasing again during early Sunday.
“Gusts of 50mph are expected inland. Around the coasts, especially in the west and south, gusts of 60 to 70 mph are likely.
“The strong winds will be accompanied by heavy rain at times, leading to particularly poor driving conditions.”
11.16am update: Warnings area for wind warnings extended
The Met Office has extended the warnings area for wind to include parts of northern England and northwest Wales.
That means the regions now under a wind warning are:
- Central, Tayside and Fife
- East Midlands
- Highlands and Eilean Siar
- North East England
- North West England
- Northern Ireland
- South West Scotland and Lothian Borders
- Yorkshire and Humber
- South West England
- London and South East England
- West Midlands
- East Midlands
The warnings have been issued for 9am on Saturday, February 15 with some lasting under 12pm on Monday, February 17.