/Storm Dennis LIVE: Huge storm to smash UK with deadly winds – updates, maps and warnings

Storm Dennis LIVE: Huge storm to smash UK with deadly winds – updates, maps and warnings

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.

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Key points

  • 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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Storm Dennis LIVE tracker: The UK will be battered with strong winds and heavy rain this weekend (Image: GETTY/MET OFFICE)

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Storm Dennis LIVE tracker: The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings this weekend (Image: MET OFFICE)

8.05pm: How will Dennis compare to previous storms?

As we reported earlier (5.34pm), Storm Dennis could be worse than last week’s Storm Ciara.

Wind gusts during Storm Ciara were clocked at 97mph.

The image below shows some of the most devastating storms to ever hit Britain.

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Storm Dennis LIVE tracker: Britain’s Worst Storms (Image: Express)

7.39pm update: Gusts up to 80mph possible

Storm Dennis could bring between 120 to 140mm of rainfall and gusts of up to 80mph to some areas of the UK this weekend, the Met Office said.

The Met Office said the already saturated ground could increase the risk of flooding.

Chief meteorologist Steve Willington said: “With Storm Dennis bringing further heavy and persistent rain over the weekend, there is a risk of significant impacts from flooding, including damage to property and a danger to life from fast-flowing floodwater.”

7.15pm update: Latest map from WX Charts

The map below shows the UK at 3pm on Saturday.

Storm Dennis will first make landfall first with Northern Ireland before 9am, then Wales shortly after.

By the afternoon, the whole of the UK will be feeling the high winds and heavy rain of Storm Dennis.

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Storm Dennis LIVE tracker: The UK weather map at 3pm on Saturday (Image: WX Charts)

6.45pm update: What to expect from Storm Dennis tomorrow

  • Homes and businesses are likely to be flooded, causing damage to some buildings
  • Fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely, causing danger to life
  • Delays and some cancellations to train and bus services are likely
  • Spray and flooding probably leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • A good chance some communities cut off by flooded roads
  • Power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses likely

5.34pm update: Storm Dennis could be worse than Ciara

An expert has warned Storm Dennis could be worse than Ciara. 

John Curtin, the Environment Agency’s executive director of flood and coastal risk management, said Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire were the areas he was now most “concerned” about.

He said: “This one [storm] could be a step up from what we have seen before.

“We had a big storm last weekend, [we now have] saturated catchments, snowmelt and rainfall – so it is a perfect storm.”

4.48pm update: UK storm names 2019/20

Storm Dennis is the fourth named storm of the 2019/20 Atlantic storm season.

Atiyah, Brendan, Ciara, Dennis, Ellen, Francis, Gerda, Hugh, Iris, Jan, Kitty,

Liam, Maura, Noah, Olivia, Piet, Roisin, Samir, Tara, Vince, Willow

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The 2019/20 storm names for the UK and Ireland (Image: EXPRESS)

3.32pm update: Storm Dennis could become record-breaker

BBC weather has said Storm Dennis could become “one of the deepest Atlantic low pressure systems in modern records”.

Storm Dennis is, according to BBC weather, about the undergo a period of “explosive cyclogenesis”.

In addition, the central pressure is forecast to drop 50 to 60mb in 24 hours to around 917mb – the record is 914mb.

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Storm Dennis LIVE tracker: The BBC has said Dennis could become one of the deepest Atlantic low pressure systems (Image: BBC)

3.11pm update: Today’s weather warnings

The Met Office has warned rain and snow melt across southern Scotland may lead to some travel disruption on Friday.

The agency has issued a yellow warning which will stay in effect until 5pm.

The warning area covers South West Scotland, Lothian Borders and Strathclyde.

The Met Office said: “A band of rain will move east across southern Scotland during Friday.

“Accumulations of 20mm are likely across high ground, and in combination with a thaw of lying snow may lead to some local flooding.”

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Storm Dennis LIVE tracker: The warning for rain is in effect until 5pm on Friday, the Met Office said (Image: MET OFFICE)

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Storm Dennis LIVE tracker: The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain on Friday (Image: MET OFFICE)

2.54pm update: Fans worry Premier League games could be postponed

A host of sporting events were cancelled because of Storm Ciara last week, including the Premier League clash between Manchester City and West Ham.

Norwich are scheduled to host Liverpool at Carrow Road on Saturday at 5.30pm GMT.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning and says Storm Dennis will bring “heavy rain and widespread strong winds to many parts of the UK”.

As it stands, Norwich vs Liverpool is scheduled to go ahead as planned.

Fans, though, have taken to social media to express concerns the match could be cancelled.

One wrote on Twitter: “Surprised it’s not been suggested yet but surely there is a massive doubt as to whether Norwich v Liverpool will go ahead on Sat night?

“Storm Dennis set to be sweeping across at that time. Warnings in place, 50+ MPH winds etc…”

Read more about the possibility of Premier League games being postponed due to Storm Dennis.

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Storm Dennis could force Premier League games to be rearranged (Image: GETTY)

2.15pm update: Orwell Bridge to shut

Highways England has said the A14 Orwell Bridge will close on Saturday and Sunday.

Highways England tweeted: “A14 Orwell Bridge – * Weekend Update* The winds are expected to break our thresholds at 3pm Saturday, 15 February.

“Therefore the bridge will be closed by 3pm Saturday, 15 February. We will monitor the wind speeds and close it as necessary.

They added: “The bridge will remain closed until approximately 7am Sunday, 16 February when wind speeds will decrease to below threshold levels.

“We will keep you informed of any further updates and changes to the closure/opening times as we receive further forecast updates.”

1.33pm update: A warning to dog walkers

Experts have warned dog walkers of the dangers salt can have on their pets.

The crystals can irritate the pooch’s paws, and also lead to excessive salt consumption if the dog licks itself clear.

Dr Karlien Heyrman, Head of Pets at Pets at Home, said: “Regardless of the weather, dogs do need to be walked regularly, but there are hidden dangers associated with the bitter weather and grit salt in particular, that we want owners to be aware of.

“We urge dog owners to keep an eye on the weather in their area and plan your dog walks around it and keep your dog on a lead at all times.

“It might be better to take two or three shorter walks to avoid being out in the wet weather for a prolonged period of time.”

12.52pm update: Parks in London closing because of Storm Dennis

Parks in London will be closed this weekend as Storm Dennis hits the capital.

Hampstead Heath – one of London’s most popular open spaces – have announced they will shut the gates of the 320 hectares park on Saturday and Sunday.

On Twitter a message from Hampstead Heath officials read: “This weekend due to #StormDennis and predicted wind gusts of over 50mph from Sat afternoon into Sun, the Hill Garden and Highgate Wood will be closed all day tomorrow, reopening on Sunday when the wind has died down.”

12.39pm update: Environment Agency warns of “heightened risk of flooding”

The Environment Agency has warned of a “heightened risk of flooding” across much of southern, central and northern England this weekend.

The agency has issued 12 flood warnings for England – meaning flooding is expected – and 97 flood alerts where flooding is “possible”.

Flood duty manager at the Environment Agency Caroline Douglass said: “We have teams out across England today continuing to prepare for the severe weather that we are expecting over the weekend.

“The above-average rainfall that we have seen since the autumn means that we’ll be seeing rain falling on already wet ground, leading to an increased risk of flooding.”

11.58am update: Sports fixtures potentially called off

Various sporting events are being called off across the country due to Storm Dennis this weekend.

Wellingborough RFC has said all rugby at the club will be cancelled this weekend due to Dennis.

There are currently no word on the professional fixtures such as the Premier League and the Championship.

However, racecourses – including Ascot – are going to need inspection after last weeks downpours.

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Storm Dennis LIVE tracker: Wellingborough RFC has cancelled all rugby games this weekend (Image: TWITTER: Wellingborough RFC)

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

  • Cumbria
  • Greater Manchester
  • Lancashire

South West England

Wales

  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Bridgend
  • Caerphilly
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Gwynedd
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Monmouthshire
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Newport
  • Powys
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Torfaen
  • Wrexham

Yorkshire and Humber

  • North Yorkshire
  • West Yorkshire
  • York

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Storm Dennis LIVE tracker: The amber warnings for rain have been updated (Image: MET OFFICE)

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.”

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Storm Dennis LIVE tracker: The powerful weather system will hit the UK on Saturday (Image: WUNDERMAP)

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.”

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Storm Dennis LIVE tracker: Large swells can be expected (Image: MAGIC SEAWEED)

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
  • Grampian
  • Highlands and Eilean Siar
  • North East England
  • North West England
  • Northern Ireland
  • South West Scotland and Lothian Borders
  • Strathclyde
  • Wales
  • 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.

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