Warning over transport disruption as UK braces for Storm Dennis

Disruption to transport is expected as heavy rain and strong winds are set to batter the UK for a second consecutive weekend.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings ahead of the arrival of Storm Dennis, covering England, Wales and large parts of Scotland on Saturday, and the entire UK on Sunday.

These include amber warnings stating that flooding could cause a danger to life, power cuts are expected and there is a good chance transport links will be impacted.

Winds of up to 70mph and severe downpours are forecast.

Storm Dennis weather warnings
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The Environment Agency issued 16 flood warnings for England – where flooding is “expected” – and 109 of its less serious flood alerts.

Network Rail advised passengers to expect disruption on many routes due to flooding and allow more time for their journeys.

Tracks could be flooded as the ground near parts of the railway is already saturated, particularly in the North West.

Cross-border journeys between England and Scotland were severely restricted last weekend.

Network Rail passenger director Jake Kelly said: “Storm Ciara dumped a month-and-a-half of rain on us last weekend, leaving ground waterlogged and rivers swollen.

“We had a lot of flooding in the North West and a lot of it disrupted the railway, for example at Todmorden and Caldew near Carlisle.

“With Storm Dennis set to bring more high winds and further rainfall this Saturday and Sunday, we’re preparing for more of the same.”

Further severe weather is on its way this weekend with #StormDennis arriving on Saturday. @AlexDeakin has all the information you need to know about what to expect pic.twitter.com/jrdEm6ncax

— Met Office (@metoffice) February 13, 2020

Households living near rail lines are being urged to secure any loose items in their gardens, after several trampolines were blown onto tracks and overhead electric wires last weekend, blocking lines.

The storm is also likely to cause treacherous driving conditions.

AA Patrol of the Year Ben Sheridan said: “Cupid’s arrow has definitely missed the mark this weekend as we’re in for another round of grisly weather with Storm Dennis.

“The forecast looks bleak across the UK with warnings for wind and heavy rain which will significantly reduce visibility on the roads.

“Last weekend many people heeded travel warnings and avoided venturing out. It looks like another cosy weekend in could be on the cards for many as rain pours cold water on their plans.

“For those who are braving the storm, drivers should make sure they account for the conditions. Slow down, allow for greater stopping distances and watch out for potential hazards.”

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